Jay Shetty
Storyteller, Filmmaker, Former Monk, New York
Jay is a British-born, award-winning online personality, storyteller and former monk. Since launching his channel in 2016, Jay's viral wisdom videos have garnered over 1 billion views and he has amassed a social media following of over 2.5 million. He was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for being a game changer in the media world, and he has partnered with National Geographic, Snapchat, HuffPost and Facebook for digital content series.
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Jay is a British-born, award-winning online personality, storyteller and former monk. Since launching his channel in 2016, Jay's viral wisdom videos have garnered over 1 billion views and he has amassed a social media following of over 2.5 million. He was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for being a game changer in the media world, and he has partnered with National Geographic, Snapchat, HuffPost and Facebook for digital content series. Jay lived as a monk for 3 years where he helped build sustainable villages and food distribution programs, and taught students and companies about well-being, purpose and mindfulness. Today, he keynotes and coaches at the world's largest organizations, including Google, Accenture and L'Oreal. He has interviewed several best-selling authors for his online series #FollowTheReader, including Tim Ferriss, Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Ryan Holiday and Simon Sinek.
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Loving Yourself
You Are the Soul
We can understand the self on different levels. There’s the physical self, which is our appearance. The mental self includes our mind, attitude and behavior. On the deepest level we have our consciousness observing all this. Self-love begins at that level of consciousness. As C.S. Lewis said, “You don’t have a soul. You are the soul, and you have a body.” #selflove #selfawareness #conscience
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Noticing That Spark
The principles of purpose are thousands of years old. If you feel like you need to look for your life purpose, go for it. If you don’t feel like you do, it will come to you in due time. One way to look for your purpose is to observe a moment in your life where you felt in your element and most alive. It starts with noticing that spark. #lifepurpose #purpose #passion
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
I Rediscover and Redefine My Purpose Every Day
People feel like finding a life purpose is the end of the path. I find that every day, I rediscover and redefine my purpose. Your purpose is how you use your passion to serve other people and you’ll be rediscovering it everyday. As long as you’re moving closer to where you want to be, you’re doing the right thing. #lifepurpose #purpose #curiosity #passion
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Productivity
Research and Test Quickly
Turn words into action by researching and then testing on a small scale. We tend to wait for the big things in life, like having $25,000. Don’t wait for that $25,000 to start. Test whether it works at a small scale first so you’re not wasting money. Start small and experiment quickly. #productivity #knowledge #justdoit #wordsintoactions
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Productivity
Let’s Become Testers and Experimenters
I have adopted the experimental mindset. As soon as I have an idea, I research and test it out as fast as I can. I dive deep into research to learn everything I can. We can be efficient experimenters if we know what we’re testing for. When a scientist does an experiment it’s not a win or fail. It’s about what they learn from it. #productivity #knowledge #curiosity
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Productivity
Invest in Your Skills
We procrastinate because we haven’t worked on our skills. I suggest you invest in your passion and skills. Learn your trade and you’ll procrastinate less. #procrastination #productivity #knowledge #passion #skills #invest
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Money, Society & Status
Utilize, Don't Demonize or Idolize
I learned a beautiful principle as a monk: everything in life is inherently empty, but it’s given meaning by how we use it. I don’t demonize or idolize anything. When you don’t demonize or idolize, you can utilize everything for a higher purpose. I think the value of wealth is how much we can use it to help others. #money #purpose #givingback
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Money, Society & Status
On Sharing Doing Good
There’s a stigma around doing good in the world and telling people you’ve done it. If we don’t talk about it, no one will know about it - and we need these ideas to scale. It’s the responsibility of someone who’s done good to convey what they’re doing in a meaningful way afterwards. #society #socialmedia #good #contributing #givingback
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Finding & Defining Love
What Is Your Definition of Love?
It’s hard to avoid getting your heart broken on the journey to finding love. When looking for love, the challenge occurs when you haven’t found out what love means for yourself. Often we find that our definition of love is very different than others' definitions. #love #findinglove #journey
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AO Contributor Feedback
Stories Define Human Connection
Terry Pratchett says, “People feel that stories are defined by people. But actually, it’s the other way around. People are defined by stories.” The human brain is wired to communicate by sharing stories. They have the power to change the world and they define our human connection. #TheAOProject #ContributorFeedback #inspiration #stories #connections
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
I Can Still Have a Meaningful Impact
Another "Aha!" moment came when I left being a monk four years ago. I realized I didn’t have to be a monk to change the world. I can take on a modern lifestyle and still have a meaningful, positive impact on the world. #lifepurpose #ahamoment #positiveimpact
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Expanding Our Consciousness Through Stories
If you’re not exposed to enough different stories, you’ll be confined and only accept stories your community tells you. That’s the challenge. If we open ourselves up to stories from around the world, we expand our consciousness. #TheAOProject #stories
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Finding & Defining Love
Invest in Yourself and You’ll Attract the Right People
You won’t find love by chasing it everywhere. Yet at the other extreme, it doesn’t just appear. The more you uncover yourself, the more you begin attracting the right people in your life. The work is all really within. #love #findinglove #selfawareness #value
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Know Yourself First
We always get advice on how to know the other person. My advice is, know yourself first. If you know yourself and the other person knows himself or herself, you’ll have an incredible relationship. #relationship #couple #selfawareness
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Respect Is the Number One Ingredient
I read a study about the essence of a long-lasting relationship. It said the number one ingredient needed is respect. I broke that down and found that successful couples respect each others’ goals and interests. They are as motivated about their partner’s purpose as they are about their own. #relationships #couple #respect #goal #passion #purpose
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Money, Society & Status
Make the Cause Bigger Than Yourself
Sharing that you’ve done something good has more value than secrecy. However, it’s the responsibility of the sharer to share with authenticity. Instead of making yourself look big, make the cause look big. Be like salt. It stays in the background. You can’t see it in your food but it makes the meal perfect. #society #socialmedia #contributing #givingback
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Money, Society & Status
Use Social Media Purposefully
Notice why you’re using social media and allow people to come into your life. I advise having no-tech zones and no-tech times in your life. It allows you to use social media purposefully rather than being used and consumed by it. #society #socialmedia #contributing
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Money, Society & Status
Social Media and Face-to-Face Connections
Social media can be an incredible tool. Think of the speed at which we are able to scale our messages. People can now connect and find answers from across the world. At the same time, I still value face-to-face connections. Don’t make people compete with your phone for attention. #society #socialmedia #connection
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Money, Society & Status
Curate Your Feed - It’s What’s Feeding Your Mind
Social media is filled with our thoughts, so we are the media. If you know why you’re using social media and what you want from it, it can become the most incredible tool. My advice is to curate your feed, because it feeds your mind. #socialmedia #contributing #society
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Money, Society & Status
Anything Can Be Used for Positive or Negative
Anything in the world can be used for positive or negative. Tools can be good or bad depending on whose hand they’re in. A knife in the hand of a doctor is used wisely, while a knife in the hand of a criminal is used badly. This is the same for social media. #society #socialmedia #contributing #goodandevil #positive #negative
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Money, Society & Status
When Money Can Buy Happiness
We need as many people as possible to become rich, successful and famous so they can help the world. Notable philanthropists include Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. A study done at Cambridge University found that money does buy happiness - if you spend it on others. We feel happier when we give. #money #socialstatus #happiness #givingback
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Productivity
Who Is Your Mentor as a Person?
Learn to pick mentors that can guide you in their path to success. Don’t be captivated by their success. Get to know who they are as people. That is what’s going to make an impact. Are you impressed by the way that person got there? If you are, that’s a mentor. #productivity #mentor #success
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Seeking Mentors: Where, When and What For
Mentors don’t always have to be people you’ve met. You can get mentors from books. People can become your mentors if you become an expert in observation. Study how they made decisions and analyze their thought patterns. I encourage people to also seek in-person mentors early in life - and different mentors for different areas of life. #productivity #books #mentors
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Productivity
Consistency and Continuous Learning
My big advice is to learn the skills you need and get feedback on them. You're not procrastinating when you’re consistently and continuously learning. That’s the art of winning at anything. #procrastination #knowledge #learning #feedback #productivity #curiosity #winning #consistency
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We Procrastinate Because We’re Unsure
If I told you tomorrow morning you’d have to get in your car at 4 a.m., drive for four hours, walk two miles and climb up 30 flights of stairs to reach the $10 million at the top, would you do it? Most would because there’s purpose at the end of it. When we’re unsure if something will be successful or not, we procrastinate. My advice is to take action now and you’re more likely to make it a success in the future. #productivity #procrastination #wordsintoaction #justdoit #success
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Productivity
Plan Everything the Night Before
One of my greatest productivity hacks is planning everything the night before. There’s a great concept in The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin called satisficing, which describes our brain's decision-making ability like a muscle. It gets tired when it’s overused. Making little decisions every day tires us. So, don’t make the simple things complicated. #productivity #timemanagement #books
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
We’re on Earth to Help Others
The Dalai Lama said that we’ve been put on this Earth to help people, and if you’re not going to help them, don’t hurt them. Being in harmony with the world starts by recognizing that. See yourself as an instrument of compassion, empathy, love, servitude, growth and enthusiasm. If you think that’s too much pressure, it’s fine, as long as you’re not hurting others. #harmony #love #empathy
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
What You Think, Say and Do Are Aligned
Ghandi said you experience harmony when what you think, say and do are in line. Do an experiment for a day and see if those areas are aligned. If there’s a massive disconnect between those three areas, it causes disharmony both within and outside of ourselves. #harmony #balance
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
He Had Nothing Externally but Everything Internally
One of my biggest "Aha!" moments was at age 18 when I heard a monk speak in London. His energy was contagious. He could have had everything, but he gave it up. He had nothing externally but everything internally. I found that sacrificing yourself for the happiness of others is the greatest feeling. #lifepurpose #happiness #beliefs #ahamoment #givingback
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