Jay Shetty Quotes

Modern Monk Shetty

Jay Shetty quotes: gems from the man with the best eyes in biz.

“You can’t be what you can’t see.  If I never saw a monk, I never would’ve wanted to be a monk.”

“From a monk’s perspective, the greatest power is to be self-controlled.”

“In a world where we can be anything, let’s choose to be kind.  Kindness is contagious.  It is a language that can be understood beyond race, background, culture and traditions.  Spread some kindness today.”

Breathing is that one activity that can center you, ground you and bring you back to balance.”

“Look back to learn lessons.  Look ahead to get excited.  Look around to be present.  Look within to find yourself.”

“‘I can do it’ equals confidence.  ‘Only I can do it’ equals arrogance.  Being confident is powerful, being arrogant makes you powerless.”

“Studies show we’re happy when we give, we feel better when we give and giving builds bonds and brings us closer to others.  We become successful by what we get, but we become happy by what we give.  See who you can surprise and delight.”

“It seems like we’re addicted to comparison; and it’s just not good for us.”

“We’re constantly forced to focus on external changes when really it’s the internal that makes all the difference.”

“Stick with people who pull the magic out of you, not the madness.”

“You already know hugging feels good.  What you might not know is that hugging is also good for your health and well-being.  Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts on the brain’s emotional center, promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress.  When you hug often, your level of oxytocin increases, which strengthens your social bonds.  Hugging also stimulates dopamine and serotonin production in the body.”

“Everything you go through helps you grow.  Pay attention to the lesson.”

“Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.  Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.  Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.”

“Love is not a word, love is a verb.”

“We worry about what others think because we’ve not spent time to figure out what we think.  You can’t love someone you don’t know, so get to know yourself and then love yourself.”

“Whether it’s a business deal, a relationship or a big or small decision, if we sit in quiet, listen and reflect… we will feel the right answer.”

“Take care of your mind, so that it can take care of you.”

“I love seeing wisdom in the everyday.  I love noticing lessons in nature, sports, news, business, and everything around me.  The reason is because it wires my mind to constantly find the hidden lessons in everything and remain a student of life.”

“Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.  Get close to your values because they will guide you to the best decision.”

“The intention behind the action is what makes all the difference.  Often we focus on the action without attention to the intention and then it feels like a disconnected move.”

“Comparison is the thief of joy.  Don’t compare your life to others.  There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon.  They both shine when it’s their time.”

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.  Be kind.”

“Failure is nothing more than a chance to revise your strategy.  It could be a slightly different approach, trying something new or focusing more on a particular aspect.  Failure is feedback, not fatal.  Use it.”

“So much of our time and energy is wasted comparing, complaining and criticizing… when it could be engaged in learning, creating and growing.”

“No relationship is fixed or perfectly balanced.  All relationships are dynamic.  Life has many phases and stages when you and your partner will be required to step up for each other.”

“The biggest predictor of your happiness and fulfillment overall in life is, basically, love.”

“There are friends and there is family and then there are friends that become family.”

“We are all wired for generosity.  Service is our true purpose and calling.  When we use our talents, skills, money, time and energy in the service of others… we unlock our potential.”

“There is a time and a place for everything and everyone.  Don’t force what’s not yet supposed to fit into your life.”

“We experience the deepest happiness when we come together to serve others.  All of us can use our skills to make a difference in someone’s life.”

“It’s so easy to assume someone is okay when they’re actually going through so much.”

“Spirituality is about reawakening what we’ve forgotten.  Our real selves have been covered by false identities, masks, biases and conditioning limiting us from our potential and strong, loving relationships.”

“Consistent, committed, conscious intention, attention and action will get you to where you want to be – not random, hopeful, scattered work.  Don’t underestimate the power of consistency and desire.”

“Not everything you lose is a loss.  Some things are better left in the past.  Sometimes things will go themselves, sometimes it requires your effort.  Don’t be afraid of taking responsibility.  Short-term pain with long-term gain is a great mindset.”

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”

“People often ask me how it feels to be living a very different life today.  The truth is it feels exactly the same.  As a monk, I slept on the floor, 4 hours a night, meditated for 4-8 hours a day, and all my possessions fit into a gym locker.  We spent half our days in self-realization and the other half in service.  Despite the external changes that have taken place since then, my intention and internal world remains the same.  I still meditate for two hours a day, don’t drink alcohol, I’m introspective and reflect daily, and serving others is the goal of my work.”

“Relationships will improve your health, mind, emotions and adventure.  Don’t take the people closest to you for granted.  Don’t forget who was there for you when no one else was.  Don’t forget that there is always someone who loved you even if you don’t notice them.”

“Seeing how far you’ve come, will show you how far you can go.”

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.  Use your time wisely.  It’s the only thing you can never get back.”

“Remember: we have to trust people’s actions, not just their intentions or their words.”

“When I became a monk for three years, so many people thought I disappeared.  I was practically unknown, but I was silently working on myself.  I still take time daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to do this.  Going to places no one knows you is a great space to learn.”

“Don’t let the fear of being alone make you lower your standards.  Being with someone for the sake of it will only complicate your life and mind further.”

“What other people think of you?  Is none of your business.”

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