If you are an active social media user, chances are you have stumbled upon one of the motivational videos by Jay Shetty. This amazing urban monk has been changing the world and impacting the lives of many with his wisdom and unique digital content.
Jay talks about many aspects of life – love, relationships, work, respect, mutual understanding, and shares with people how to elevate their existence starting from the smallest of things. His messages can resonate well with all of us, no matter the life stages we are in. But one of his most significant messages centres on the foundations of general wellbeing and prosperity, and it is simply to be who you really are.
As we foster the same value and always try to help people around us express themselves and show the world their true, unique selves, we decided to share with you some of Jay Shetty’s most memorable quotes on being authentic and our take on his messages of encouragement.
1. “Don’t be afraid of new beginnings, from new people, new energy, new surroundings, and new challenges. Embrace new chances at happiness.”
If you know anything about this guy, you know he is not a typical millennial YouTuber. Jay first met a monk at the age of 18 and this encounter was one of the most influential ones in his life.
For years, Jay had been learning about and from people who were successful in business. What is great is that he doesn’t hide his previous aspirations of wanting to become a successful businessman himself, or enrolling in a business school where he wished to achieve the tools in order to attain his dream.
However, meeting the monk, left such an impression on Jay that he decided to change his life path altogether and learn how we can cultivate and control the mind.
The rest is history.
If he hadn’t had the experience he had, who’s to say he would become what he is today. So, the takeaway is to be open to new things and observe them as opportunities to grow.
2. “When we realize that we’re students for life, instead of making people see how powerful we are, we want people to understand how powerful they are. We’ll learn how to empower others. We will actually attract people to work with us to achieve our goals.”
If you invest your life into building financial power, you’ll soon realize that’s a never-ending race which will leave you hollow. Instead of chasing the paper, consider giving back and helping others achieve their potential.
Trust us on this, if you empower others on their journeys to fulfillment, your path will become more lit each step you take.
3. “No one is you and that’s your superpower. That’s what makes you – you. That’s what makes you unique. That’s what it is about you that will make a difference in the world.”
The best way to contribute to the world is to be brave enough to be who you want to be. When you feel confident and focus on building up your skills and competences, you dare to stand for what you really believe in, offer your unique perspective, and express yourself in ways true to yourself.
We all have different views on the same things and all those individual efforts can add up to finding a solution to an issue or creating something beautiful.
4. “What if Oprah listened to her haters and doubters? What if Steve Jobs settled for a “real” job? […] Imagine a world where everyone lived their passion. We would be better people.”
Being your authentic self can at times seem like a struggle, especially when there are a ton of voices around you screaming your dreams are out of your reach. Those who learn how to cope with the negative voices are the ones who describe their lives as rich. Rich with life, rich with interactions and meaningful relationships, rich in what they perceive as essential.
It’s quite alright to be different. When you are being YOU, you get to be satisfied on the inside and that will help you create a strong vision of where you want to be, and give you immense power to achieve great things.
5. “The thing about limitations is that they are only true as long as you believe in them. So, instead of believing in your limitations, start believing in yourself.”
Realizing that you don’t have the necessary knowledge to do something is not the endpoint. On the contrary, it’s the beginning of your development. Let the realization that you have a long way to go, but that you are on the right path, be your cornerstone for growth – it will push you to work harder and learn faster. And remember, there will always be things that you don’t know how to do, but don’t worry – you’ll figure them out along the way.
6. “The best people to surround yourself with are the people that bring out the best in you.”
There are indeed many factors that shape our perceptions of the world and our reality. By surrounding yourself with people whose qualities you admire and with those who can push yourself towards valuable new experiences will help you shine your bright colours.
That doesn’t mean that you should just stop spending time with the rest of the people in your life who might be going through a bad period. What it actually means is that you should grow to be a better version of yourself, so that you can become the one that brings out the best in others as well.
7. “Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.”
Does the thought like “Who am I to do this anyway? Others are already doing the same service/advice/art/etc.” ring any bells? Have you ever been discouraged to start your own thing just because others are doing the exact same thing?
What if we told you that you couldn’t be more wrong?
Many people start their own businesses just by following the already set example. It’s quite all right to learn from the others at the beginning, as it is to notice what are the best practices of doing business in your niche market and try them out too. We all need to start somewhere, don’t we? 🙂
Over time, you’ll build up competence which will lead you to have the confidence to develop new ideas and concepts and at last approach them differently. In the long run, that’s what matters the most. Only those who invest their time and energy in the work, who are patient and honest with their intentions, will stand the test of time.
8. “People are so far removed from their own understanding of themselves that they were either lost living a life they didn’t want to, lost living up to someone’s expectations or lost becoming someone to impress someone else. Their real identity is almost buried under 6 feet of multiple identities that they created.”
You can’t be as playful and straightforward with your business partner as you are with your closest friends, right? There isn’t a person on this planet that hasn’t developed a different aspect of their personality for different context in their life.
The problem is when people get caught up playing up to other people’s expectations and even forget what they wanted to do in the first place. That’s why it’s important to stop for a moment and recognize when you’re not acting authentically.
Trust your gut feeling – it will always guide you to your true self. Just take a deep breath, and find the right way to express yourself depending on the situation you find yourself in.
9. “We must keep the promises that we make to ourselves, so that we can keep those that we make to others.”
How long do you think you can last if you neglect the promises you made to yourself about being healthier, being a more attentive partner, or pursuing your dreams? Not long. You’ll end up being frustrated and stuck because you’re not working on yourself.
Do not forget to put yourself first. It’s not a selfish thing to do but a necessity for a healthy and happy life – both yours and all those around you. Look at it this way: if you don’t take care of yourself and your needs, you’ll not be able to help others do the same.
10. “When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.”
You have to believe in yourself if you want others to believe in you.
Not everyone will understand your behaviour and your goals in life. Maybe it’s the age gap, maybe it’s their own experiences and life circumstances or just the fact that they’re coming from an overly-protective position. That’s okay. Let them go through their process of understanding and respect the time they need to come round to your way of thinking.
In the meantime, be responsible for your own emotions and your own actions. If you know and feel what’s right for you, tell yourself that you can do it, repeat it a million times if necessary. And if you fail, accept it as a lesson. Learn from it, lift yourself up, and move on.
Jay Shetty is an outstanding human being that motivates us to stay true to our work. We truly hope these bits of wisdom will inspire you to be braver and be your authentic self – nothing more and nothing less than that.