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Mind, Body, Business: Lessons Learned from Trail Running and Exercise for Entrepreneurial Success

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

As a trail runner and business partner at JNW Properties, I've learned that setting challenges for myself not only keeps me physically fit, but also positively impacts my work and decision-making. The beautiful countryside provides not only a scenic background but also ample alone time to reflect and plan my business strategies, almost like a form of meditation.

One of my biggest challenges to date is the upcoming 'Run for Freedom' challenge, where I aim to raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause. With only a month to go, I've been reflecting on my journey so far and the impact that setting these challenges has had on my life. Here are the five key lessons I've learned:

  1. Exercise helps clear the mind: Trail running provides an escape from the daily grind and helps clear my mind, allowing me to think more clearly and make better decisions for my business.

  2. The beauty of nature serves as a source of inspiration: The breathtaking views and peaceful surroundings of the countryside often provide the creative spark I need to think of new and innovative ideas for JNW Properties.

  3. Time alone is essential: In the busy world we live in, it's rare to find time to just be alone with your thoughts. The long runs in nature provide a chance to slow down and reflect, helping me to focus on what's important.

  4. Setting challenging goals keeps you motivated: The sense of accomplishment after completing a challenging run or hike is what drives me to push harder and strive for excellence in all aspects of my life, including my business.

  5. Giving back is important: The Run for Freedom challenge allows me to give back to society by raising awareness and funds for a deserving cause, while also pushing myself to new limits. It's a win-win situation.



In conclusion, incorporating exercise and setting challenging goals into your routine can have a positive impact on both your physical and mental well-being, as well as your professional life. I highly recommend giving it a try, and who knows, you might just surprise yourself with what you can achieve.


Fitness and exercise can teach us valuable lessons that can be applied to both our personal and professional lives. Disciplined training builds character, develops a strong work ethic, and improves time management skills. Staying fit also promotes a positive mindset, better decision-making, and increased productivity. Integrating physical fitness into our routine can bring a healthy balance to our daily lives and ultimately help us achieve success in both our personal and business pursuits.


Jo Lodder is a trail runner, business leader, and philanthropist. As co-founder of JNW Asia, a marketing company in Hong Kong focused on selling their own Niseko projects, and a partner of SnowDog, a hospitality brand. He's also embarking on the Run for Freedom challenge to raise money for charity. With a passion for helping others and a drive for success, Jo inspires through his love of adventure and entrepreneurship.


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"Fitness teaches valuable life and business skills, promoting balance, positivity, and success."


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JNW Properties: www.jnwasia.com

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Raku Ichi Residences: www.rakuichiniseko.com


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