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Jake Paul Was Living in a "Fantasy World" as an Influencer in LA Until Boxing Changed His Life: "You've Got to Grow Up at Some Point"

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The first thing I said to Jake Paul when we sat down together at his home in Dorado, Puerto Rico was “thank you,” because he’s part of the reason I started boxing a few weeks ago.

As someone who has dealt with ADHD since I was a child, the intense training has worked wonders on counteracting my symptoms such as depression and fatigue. Turns out research supports my anecdotal experience.

New literature shows that, for people with ADHD, intense bouts of exercise that emphasize coordinated, repetitive movements — like jabs, crosses and hooks, sticking with our boxing example — lead to more coordinated, focused behaviors outside of the gym.

A blessing for those of us with this disorder.

Although I didn’t ask Paul if he has ADHD, he did share with me that he’s dealt with anxiety and other mental health struggles, a fact that might have some of you scratching your head asking Why?

If you didn’t know, Paul is on the Mount Rushmore of influencers. At one time, his home was a 15,000-square-foot mansion in Calabasas, one of the richest zip codes in America.

His net worth was estimated to be over $10 million in 2017, making him the seventh-highest-paid YouTube star in the world at the time, according to Forbes.

He amassed millions of subscribers and billions of views on his YouTube channel and was living a life most young people dream of (54% of Gen Z and millennials would become an influencer if given the chance, according to a report by Morning Consult).

Yet Paul still felt lost. Empty, even.

Until he found boxing. And what’s it’s done for me, it’s done for him tenfold. It didn’t just alleviate his anxiety and resentment. It gave him purpose, meaning, structure and stability. Things we could all use more of.

“When you’re young, living in LA, filming videos all the time.. you’re friends with everyone... there’s a new party every single night... It's chaotic. [But] it’s a dead end. It’s not a realistic lifestyle. LA is a fantasy world you can get caught up in,” Paul told me. “And I did.........

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