Lonnie Ogulnick shares about his family, writing The Heart of the Beast, and why physical activity makes him happy.
Lonnie Gordon Ogulnick Founder of GordonWealth—Financial life advisor, securities by licensed individuals offered through investacorp,inc a registered broker dealer/member finra sipc.
Lonnie is the author of The Heart of a Beast.
- Lonnie Ogulnick is the founder of Gordon Wealth and the author of Heart of a Beast; this book has been his goal since his youth just out of college and it’s a summary on how to survive the lone wolf economy.
- Lonnie is self made; he made his way up in Wall street by being scrappy and working hard.
- Happiness is split into two scenarios: there’s the physical, monetary, short-term happiness; then there’s longer-lasting happiness, the kind that hits your soul and your spirit. For Lonnie, that bigger happiness is movement and physical activity.
- Lonnie goes to high-intensity bootcamp workouts every morning at 6 AM. When we recorded, he was recovering from an injury and hadn’t been to the gym in a few days and he was feeling low energy. When he’s in class, he is pushed out of his comfort zone and almost always wants to quit, but he sticks with it and by the end he has built his endorfin bank.
- After his workout, Lonnie likes to steam, get into the jacuzzi, and then into a cold plunge (and alternates them) to get his blood flow going. After that he likes to reflect and writes down in his 5 Minute Journal on what he’s thankful for and what he has accomplished
- When Lonnie moved to Miami, he was 179 lbs. Through working out he met his goal of going back to 150 lbs. Working out makes everything better! He can have a terrible day at work, but working out gives him a sense of happiness.
- Lonnie was a highschool wrestler, he was a soccer player since he was 4, so he was always athletic. After college, he kept going to the gym, but moving to NYC he was more stagnant and it was easier to gain weight. After moving to Miami things changed and he started playing tennis daily, but wasn’t losing weight. A couple of years ago he had an accident and the doctor said he could either work out to build muscle around the injury, or get surgery, so he went into the gym aggressively.
- January 2016 was one of the worst Januaries on Wall Street and Lonnie wasn’t in the best space. A friend pointed out that Lonnie was working out the old school way, and he learned how to be more efficient with his workouts.
- Moving to Miami, Lonnie adapted to the lifestyle of being outside and playing. Lonnie feels the youngest he’s ever been because he is more active since moving to Miami.
- The endorphin bank is that buildup of positive chemicals in the body that happens through the morning workout that carries Lonnie throughout the day.
- Not being able to work out, Lonnie can’t fill in his endorphin bank, and that translates into everything else in his day. He feels lazy, needs to drink a lot of coffee, drags out. He plans to go back to his normal routine, building up slowly, but until then he is feeling the difference and can’t wait to go back.
- Not working out is the easy—he may want to spend more time with his wife, the kids, watch a movie—but getting something hard done in the morning sets him up for a great day.
- Being more active has also affected his relationship with work. Lonnie acknowledges that having a bad day at work can translate into taking it out on the wife and kids, but working out helps the work day, gives him the positive energy he can pass on to other people, and makes everything better.
- Lonnie’s wife is a pilates guru, his daughters play soccer and practice jiu jitsu. Being active is the best habit he can teach his kids. Lonnie leads by example, and his children learned from him being active.
- As a family, they go swimming and bike riding every weekend, Friday night they always have dinner together and Saturday night Lonnie always have date night.
- Working out and physical activity makes EVERYTHING better.
- Endorphins can give you a false sense of self, so be careful to not get too rash.
- Lonnie learned from his friend to be active, and he also pays it forward.
- He leads by example and uses his instagram and twitter feed to inspire others; you can’t force those who don’t want to do it, but you can show them the way by leading by example.
- Money can bring you happiness, but it’s not sustainable by itself. Money can be an indicator of happiness, but there are happy people without money and unhappy people with money. For Lonnie, physical activities, endorphins, bring that long-term happiness.
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