The Secret Weapon Most Entrepreneurs Neglect (Hint: It’s NOT Hustle)

Scott D. Clary
Scott D. Clary
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7 min readMay 28, 2024

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Move over, “grindset” and “growth at all costs.” There’s a new paradigm in town.

Last week, I had a mind-blowing conversation with Rylee Meek that shattered my limited view of what it means to be a successful entrepreneur.

We dove deep into a concept that’s barely whispered about in Silicon Valley boardrooms: The Five Pillars of Untouchable Excellence.

This isn’t about “leaning in” or “crushing it.” This is about building a life and business that doesn’t just weather storms, but emerges stronger from them. It’s about holistic mastery across mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial domains.

In this series, I’m unveiling the secrets of a life that’s not just successful, but untouchable:

  • The Anti-Burnout Blueprint: How to design a life and business that fuels your energy, not depletes it.
  • The Ikigai Intersection: Where passion, purpose, profit, and skill collide to create unstoppable momentum.
  • The Whole Human CEO: Why your emotional intelligence and spiritual alignment are as crucial as your financial acumen.

Whether you’re a battle-scarred founder or a bright-eyed newcomer, this is a conversation you can’t afford to miss.

Get ready to redefine what it means to win the game of life AND business.

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The Five Pillars of Untouchable Excellence

Let’s cut the crap. You’re smart, driven, and probably a bit of a workaholic. Sound about right? If so, I’m about to drop some truth bombs that might just change your life… and your business.

I recently had the incredible Rylee Meek on my podcast, and we dove deep into a topic that’s close to my heart: the Five Pillars of an Untouchable Life.

These aren’t the flimsy pillars of a beachside cabana, my friend. We’re talking about the bedrock of your existence:

  1. Mental Mastery: This is your cognitive powerhouse. It’s about clarity, focus, learning, creativity, and the ability to solve complex problems.
  2. Emotional Resilience: This is your inner fortress. It’s about managing stress, navigating challenges, cultivating healthy relationships, and maintaining a positive outlook even in the face of adversity.
  3. Physical Vitality: This is your biological machine. It’s about strength, endurance, nutrition, sleep, and the overall functioning of your body.
  4. Spiritual Alignment: This is your connection to something greater than yourself. It’s about purpose, meaning, values, and finding your place in the universe.
  5. Financial Abundance: This is your material foundation. It’s about generating wealth, managing resources, and creating a sense of security and freedom.

Rylee’s thesis is simple, yet profound: You can’t build a truly excellent life — or a lasting business — by neglecting any of these pillars.

Most entrepreneurs I know (myself included) are dangerously lopsided.

We obsess over financial metrics, hustle until we’re burnt out, and then wonder why our relationships are crumbling and our minds are racing at 3 AM.

But Rylee’s framework offers a different path — a path to holistic mastery that can unlock your full potential as a human being AND a business leader.

How to Build a Business That Fuels Your Life (Not Drains It)

Alright, now that I’ve laid out the Five Pillars, let’s get tactical. How do you actually INTEGRATE them into your entrepreneurial life?

It’s not just about meditating for 5 minutes a day or hitting the gym occasionally. We need to rewire our businesses to support our holistic well-being.

Here are a few advanced strategies to get you started:

  • Mental Mastery: Implement systems for deep work and focused thinking. This could mean timeboxing your schedule, using noise-canceling headphones, or even exploring neurofeedback techniques like EEG training. Consider adopting a “Monk Mode Morning” — dedicating the first few hours of your day to focused work, creative projects, or learning, before the distractions of emails and meetings take over.
  • Emotional Resilience: Cultivate a culture of psychological safety within your team. Encourage open communication, provide resources for mental health support, and foster an environment where vulnerability is not seen as weakness. Explore concepts like Nonviolent Communication (NVC) or Emotional Intelligence (EQ) training to enhance your team’s communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Physical Vitality: Design your workspace for movement and energy. Incorporate standing desks, walking meetings, and even treadmill workstations. Offer incentives for healthy habits like fitness challenges or team sports. Consider investing in wearable technology that tracks your team’s activity levels and provides personalized feedback.
  • Spiritual Alignment: Connect your business to a greater purpose. Whether it’s social impact, environmental sustainability, or simply creating products/services that make people’s lives better, find a mission that resonates with your soul. Explore the Japanese concept of Ikigai — finding the intersection of what you love, what you’re good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for.
  • Financial Abundance: This one’s obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Build a business model that generates sustainable wealth. That means optimizing your pricing, automating your systems, and creating multiple streams of income. Dive deep into advanced financial models like value-based pricing, subscription-based revenue, or even exploring JV partnerships — anything that let’s you scale without adding more hours to your day.

The goal here is to create a symbiotic relationship between your business and your well-being.

Your business should be a vehicle for personal growth and fulfillment, not a source of stress and burnout.

How These Entrepreneurs Built Empires AND Lives Worth Living

Now, let’s dive into the real-world examples that prove this isn’t just theoretical fluff.

We’ll look at entrepreneurs who’ve mastered the Five Pillars and built businesses that reflect their holistic values:

  • Mental Mastery: Take a page from Ray Dalio’s playbook. The founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, is a fervent advocate of “radical transparency” and evidence-based decision-making. He encourages his employees to engage in rigorous intellectual debate and to constantly challenge their own assumptions.
  • Emotional Resilience: Look no further than Oprah Winfrey. She’s faced unimaginable adversity in her life, but she’s also cultivated an incredible capacity for empathy, forgiveness, and personal growth. This emotional resilience has not only fueled her personal success but also enabled her to create a media empire that connects with millions on a deeply emotional level.
  • Physical Vitality: Richard Branson, the flamboyant founder of Virgin Group, is known for his adventurous spirit and love of physical challenges. He kitesurfs, skydives, and even attempted to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon. This zest for life not only keeps him physically fit but also fuels his creativity and entrepreneurial drive.
  • Spiritual Alignment: Patagonia, the outdoor apparel company, is a shining example of a business with a strong spiritual core. Their mission is to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” This commitment to environmental and social responsibility permeates every aspect of their company culture and resonates deeply with their customers.
  • Financial Abundance: Warren Buffett, the legendary investor, is a master of financial discipline and long-term thinking. He’s built a massive fortune by focusing on value investing, avoiding fads, and holding onto his investments for decades. But he’s also known for his philanthropic generosity, pledging to give away the vast majority of his wealth to charitable causes.

These are just a few examples of entrepreneurs who’ve built businesses that reflect their holistic values.

They’ve shown that it’s possible to achieve both financial success and personal fulfillment.

The “Sixth Pillar” That Will Make You Unstoppable

We’ve covered a lot of ground.

We’ve defined the Five Pillars, explored how to integrate them into your business, and even looked at examples of entrepreneurs who’ve achieved holistic mastery.

But there’s one more crucial piece of the puzzle — the “Sixth Pillar” that will truly make you untouchable:

Integration.

It’s not enough to simply focus on each pillar in isolation. You need to find ways to weave them together, to create a harmonious symphony of well-being that resonates throughout your life and your business.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Create rituals and routines: Designate specific times for activities that nourish each pillar. For example, start your day with meditation (spiritual), followed by a workout (physical), then dive into your most important tasks (mental). End your day with a gratitude practice (emotional) and review your financial goals (financial).
  • Seek out synergies: Look for opportunities where one pillar can support another. For example, investing in your physical health (through exercise and nutrition) can boost your mental clarity and emotional resilience.
  • Embrace the interconnectedness: Remember that the Five Pillars are not separate entities, but rather interconnected aspects of your whole being. When one pillar is out of balance, it affects all the others.

By consciously integrating the Five Pillars into your life, you can unlock a level of personal and professional fulfillment that most people only dream of.

You’ll become an Untouchable Entrepreneur — someone who not only achieves financial success but also thrives in every other aspect of life.

If you want to listen to the full podcast, listen on successstorypodcast.com or on YouTube.

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Scott D. Clary
Scott D. Clary

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