A Day With Deepak Chopra [Part 1 and 2]

Deepak Chopra Shares His Thoughts on Wellbeing, “Soul Leadership” and Entrepreneurial Spirit.

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My wife and I recently attended an all-day Deepak Chopra seminar called Radical Wellbeing, Corporate Wellbeing + Soul Leadership. My wife is a big fan of Deepak and shares his thoughts with me frequently.

Since entrepreneurship is a passion of mine, I thought it would be interesting to hear Deepak’s definition of “soul leadership”. He didn’t disappoint. I was fascinated by the overlap between Deepak’s observations and definitions of soul based leadership and my experience with the entrepreneurial journey. Let’s start with the beginning…

We started the day with a meditation (no surprise there). The questions Deepak posed during the mediation were understandably reflective, but I would later learn their meaning…

  • Who am I?
  • What do I want?
  • What is my purpose?
  • What am I grateful for?

Despite being straight forward questions, many people sometimes struggle with these at times.

However, to my relief and enlightenment, Deepak explained that you don’t need to know the answers to these questions. But, if you live these questions and live from your soul, then “life will point you to the answers”. This is another example of the benefit of mediation.

I’ve had similar experiences with entrepreneurship. Even as I’ve stated in this blog…when you walk down the road of entrepreneurship and you “live these questions” (ie., you are open to new ideas, you ask the best way to serve, etc.) you put signals out to the universe. In my experience, if you are committed and patient, these signals usually get answered which is life pointing you to the answers.

Only 17% of the world is “thriving”

Not only was the seminar based on Deepak’s teaching and observation, but it was also researched based as well. Specifically, it was research done by Gallop on wellbeing. For example, a recent study highlighted that only 17% of the world defines their life as “thriving” (ranking their current and future life experience as 7 or better out of a scale of 10).

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Deepak’s definition of wellbeing is…how we think about and experience our lives.” So, what are the elements of a thriving life?

Five Elements of a Thriving Life

Purpose—knowing your purpose. Since often work is your purpose find purpose in your work. Identify your talents and find opportunities to use your strengths each day. Make growth and development a priority.

Social wellbeing—relationships affect your emotional state. Friends can boost your happiness. Deep, nurtured relationships are a key element to a thriving life.

Financial—the ability to do what you want when you want to do it. However, Gallop research illustrates that once life’s basic essentials are met (food, shelter, etc.), happiness does not improve. Ie., money does not buy happiness. Living with the perception that you have your basics covered financially is important for happiness.

Physical—sleep is the most efficient way to improve your health. It’s not so much about your weight as it is about your energy. Do you have enough energy to accomplish what you need to do each day? Keep it clean. Eat clean and feed your microbiome. Don’t just exercise, MOVE!

Community—choose your zip code wisely. Does your community reflect your values? Participate actively in your community. Pick a cause that is close to heart and leverage your talents.

As another tidbit, I’ve heard the following question asked several times in my life…”How do you define success”, Deepak has a poignant definition below

Deepak’s definition of success…

  • Progressive achievement of worthy goals
  • Ability to love and be compassionate
  • To be aware-to be in touch with your soul

A Day With Deepak Chopra [Part 2]

Deepak Chopra Shares His Views On “Soul Leadership” and Business’ Role In Society.

In part one of my blog post reporting from Deepak Chopra’s seminar: Radical Wellbeing, Corporate Wellbeing + Soul Leadership, I focused on the personal side of his message. Specifically, how he describes a thriving life and his definition of success.

Also covered in the seminar was the role of business and more specifically, “soul leadership” under the theme of well-being. Some of his definitions really struck home, especially contrasted against some of the “leadership” on display in our country these days (sorry…I had to get that in).

First, Deepak’s definition of a leader…

“The symbolic soul of group consciousness who acts as a catalyst of transformation”

His qualities of great leaders include:

  • They are story tellers
  • They take time for reflection (reflection is the beginning of a process…intention>will>deed>destiny)
  • They are in touch with their inner most being (creative potential becomes actual)
  •  They area attentive, affectionate, appreciative and accepting
  •  They are immune to criticism and flattery alike
  •  They are fearless
  •  They are neither beneath anyone nor are they superior to anyone
  •  They are responsive to feedback

Compare these qualities to many of the leaders you see today. It is incredible how much contrast that exists. At the same time, great leaders out there profile well against this list. Think about it for a second. Do you agree?

From a business perspective, great leaders usually go on to build great businesses. Deepak’s definition of business:

The purpose of business is to improve the quality of life for the collective whole.

Think about two or three examples of great businesses being run by great leaders. What impact do they have on society? How do their companies make our lives better? Just look at companies like Apple and Facebook.

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As a takeaway from this experience, Deepak gave us some questions to answer that make you think about the quality of your leadership and how you fit into the wellness of the whole.

Consider the following…

What is my vision?

My vision of a great business organization is…

I have the qualities of a great leader because…

Think about the above questions and let me know your answers. It’s a great exercise.

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  • He is so true in defining this very essence of life .. Trying to pursue the standards set by Master Chopra and live a happy and successful life…

  • Hello Dick – thanks for sharing – good post. I am big fan of Dr. Chopra (and also a big fan of his late friend Dr. Wayne Dyer).

    Positive Psychology research by Dr. Martin Seligman has done a lot for well being in general and his PERMA model overlaps with its 5 elements or “pillars” of well being and success with that of Dr. Chopra that you have stated above:

    P – Positive Emotions
    E – Engagement
    R – Relationships (Social Well Being)
    M – Meaning (Purpose)
    A – Achievement (Progress with Goals)

    Take care.

  • Very nice comments indeed, but at an age of 68 I don’t think I can use many of them. I have lived a very hard life, but I am grateful for what I have now. So all I can say now, is God bless you for sharing these kinda comments to all of us.

    Kind regards Anita S

  • I concur, my vision is to teach Mindfulness to all 700 of my students this year and so far so good. So I appreciate your post, it’s inspiring to see where you’re head is at and I hope your wife found it as inspiring as you… Thank you

  • Thank you. I will be graduating from university very soon and this is exactly what every young professional needs to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit. Success to me, means that you life-work seeks the well-being of others. It may be through the inspiration, sense of purpose, or love you give to others. There are many ways to align your life-work with the higher purpose. All the best to you.

  • Who Am I ?
    What is my Purpose?
    What do I want?
    What Am I grateful for?

    I can answer the first and the last question but the other 2 I do not have definite answer. I am a fan of Deepak Chopra. I too am building my part time business and going through the struggles. I know my end result and destination. Sometimes i feel like I am not moving forward though that is not the way to think but I realize I have still a lot of growing to do? I ask myself when is it my turn ? when will everything come together? I hope I will answer these questions in time.

  • The essence – not answers – of the four questions can be contextualized as follows as described in Bhagavad Gita: Lord Krishna states it thus –

    Why are you unnecessarily worrying? Whom do you fear? Who can kill you? The soul is not born nor does it die. What has happened has happened for the best. What is happening is happening for the best. What will happen will happen for the best. Do you brood over the past? Do not worry about the future. The PRESENT is on!

    What have you lost that you weeping? What have you brought that is lost? You have brought NOT anything. What you have you got from here. What was given was given here. What you took you took from this universe. What you gave you gave unto to the universe.

    You came empty handed and shall leave empty handed. What is yours today belonged to somebody else in the past and will belong to somebody else in the future. You think it belongs and are deeply engrossed in it. This attachment is the cause of all your sorrows.

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