While Constantin Bisanz, founder and CEO of supplements supplier Aloha, was training to break the world record for kite surfing across the Bering Straight—from Alaska to Russia!—he thought a lot about how to fuel his body. (And yes, he broke the record.)
But it wasn’t until he moved to the United States that the super-fit Austrian hatched plans for Aloha. He was searching for vitamins and grew frustrated with the options. “I couldn’t find a brand out there that I could trust,” he says, which inspired the creation of Aloha’s supercharged, vegan multi-vitamin pack and green juice-esque packets that get mixed with water.
For Bisanz, Aloha is different than his other ventures (he’s been called a “serial entrepreneur” and sold his previous company for a reported $200 million).
“I didn’t start this brand to make money. I got lucky with my other companies, so this company is fueled by passion and values,” he says. Here’s what else he’s got to say about staying healthy, passionate, and getting ahead:
Aside from sipping Aloha, what does your healthy diet look like? I try to eat clean as much as possible. I avoid meat, especially red meat. A few years ago, I went to India and dove into Ayurvedic philosophy. The belief is that happiness is a balance between eating right, exercising, being mindful, having great relationships, and taking care of personal development. The more I practiced Ayurveda, the better I felt. As part of that, I try to avoid spicy foods, because of my dosha.
And how do you stay fit? I have a routine where I do strength training four times a week and cardio five times a week. After every workout I do some yoga poses. My favorite sport is still kite surfing, but I can’t do that every day.
You’ve enjoyed some enviable business success. Got any career tips to share? When I was younger, I realized goal setting is the most powerful tool for whatever I do. I read a book that asked you to write your funeral speech, which forces you to think about your whole life from a different perspective.
Based on that, I set my goals and write them down: Where do I want to be in 10 years? 20? I follow the SMART guide, which means thinking about them in a specific, measurable, attractive, realistic, and timed way. I usually do this after a vacation. It’s motivating! On Sunday, I’ll also plan my week and write down goals and priorities.
That’s such a good habit. Any other ones you do every day? I meditate. People are a little surprised when they see me meditating in the middle of a gym when people are boxing next to me or jumping rope. There’s usually noise, but I don’t care. I just zone out.
So you obviously take good care of yourself. Ever just cut loose? I’m a big believer in balance. I just went to Burning Man. I love throwing great parties. It’s not all about being healthy and successful; it’s also about being open to new things. —Molly Gallagher
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