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What can we learn about trust from the great leaders, teachers, writers and philosophers?


This week we turn our attention to the words of Deepak Chopra, an Indian medical doctor and author of more than 80 books, including 22 NY Times Bestsellers. Chopra is an influential global scholar and thinker. This article pulls together twenty of his most inspiring quotes. Regardless of your role in life- a parent, teacher, business, religious or military leader, the following contain many messages about character, competence and consistency, the key ingredients for building trust.

  1. “There is a big difference between being centered and being self-centered.”
  2. “When you make a choice, you change the future.”
  3. “You will be transformed by what you read.”
  4. “Ask for nothing less than inspiration.”
  5. “Good luck is opportunity meeting preparedness.”
  6. “Instead of asking “what’s the problem?” ask “what’s the creative opportunity?”
  7. “Owning your own feelings, rather than blaming them on someone else, is the mark of a person who has moved from contracted to expanded awareness.”
  8. “Give up being right. Instead radiate peace, harmony, love, and laughter from your heart.”
  9. “The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.”
  10. “If you focus on success, you’ll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed.”
  11. “The more boundless your vision, the more real you are.”
  12. “The direction of life is from duality to unity.”
  13. “Every great change is preceded by chaos.”
  14. “The world ‘out there’ won’t change until the world ‘in here’ does.”
  15. “Never forget your real identity. You are a luminous conscious stardust being forged in the crucible of cosmic fire.”
  16. “Replace fear-based thinking with love-based thinking. Every time you’re making a choice, ask yourself if it’s going to cultivate the experience of unity and love or the experience of separation and stress.”
  17. “Freedom comes when you see the built-in contradiction of trying to manipulate something that is going right to begin with…. Stop trying to steer the river.”
  18. “Attachment to money will always create insecurity no matter how much money you have in the bank.”
  19. “Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance.”
  20. “And stop talking in that puffed-up way they taught you. Words aren’t brains, you know.”

My favorites are #1, #7, #8 and #20. How about yours? 

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