FIND YOUR PURPOSE - If You Feel LOST & UNHAPPY In Life, Watch This! | Jay Shetty

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is an interview with Jay Shetty, discussing his unconventional career path and how he found his purpose in life.

The video is an interview with Jay Shetty, a popular author, podcast host, and social media influencer. He discusses his unconventional career path, which included being a monk for three years, and how he found his purpose in life. He also encourages viewers to reflect on their own career paths and to prioritize self-awareness in order to find fulfillment and success.

  • Jay Shetty had massive self-awareness after 40 job rejections.
  • He took one of the biggest career risks by becoming a monk.
  • His path to success has been anything but linear.
  • He had to overcome massive amounts of imposter syndrome to get to where he is today.
  • He believes that finding your purpose is a journey, not a destination.
  • Parents emphasized education and discipline from a young age.
  • Had a self-awareness that guided him in the right direction, but also had low self-esteem that guided him in the wrong direction.
  • Living with purpose means living a life that aligns with your values and beliefs.
  • Jay Shetty suppressed his true calling for a long time.
  • He believes that real-life experiences are more powerful than just thinking about things in your head.

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Jay Shetty's Self-Awareness and Career Risks

  • After 40 rejections, Jay Shetty got his first job at 26 and realized he had massive self-awareness.
  • He knew his strengths, weaknesses, what he had to offer, and what he wanted to do.
  • He took one of the biggest career risks by becoming a monk.
  • He believes he shouldn't be scared of anything anymore.
  • He hosts a show called "On Purpose" and wrote a book called "Think Like a Monk."
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Jay Shetty's Unconventional Career Path

  • Jay Shetty has had at least eight different jobs in his life.
  • He worked as a newspaper boy, grocery store worker, retail salesperson, tutor, monk, digital strategy and innovation consultant, senior hosting producer, and entrepreneur.
  • His path to success has been anything but linear.
  • He believes it's important to call out that he didn't have it all figured out.
  • He recommends everyone do an activity where they write down every job they've ever had.
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Jay Shetty's Imposter Syndrome

  • Jay Shetty had to overcome massive amounts of imposter syndrome to get to where he is today.
  • He believes imposter syndrome is a common experience for many people.
  • He thinks it's important to acknowledge that everyone has doubts and fears.
  • He believes it's important to focus on your strengths and what you have to offer.
  • He recommends finding a mentor or someone who can guide you through imposter syndrome.
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Jay Shetty's Advice for Finding Your Purpose

  • Jay Shetty believes that finding your purpose is a journey, not a destination.
  • He recommends asking yourself what you're passionate about and what you're good at.
  • He believes it's important to find a way to serve others through your purpose.
  • He recommends taking small steps towards your purpose and not being afraid to fail.
  • He believes that finding your purpose is about finding fulfillment and happiness in your life.
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Childhood and Rebellion

  • Parents emphasized education and discipline from a young age.
  • Trained from age 8 to get into a grammar school.
  • Rebelled at age 14 and got involved in nefarious activities.
  • Read biographies and autobiographies of diverse people.
  • Started to get fascinated by personal development and growth.
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Self-Awareness and Low Self-Esteem

  • Had a self-awareness that guided him in the right direction.
  • Also had low self-esteem that guided him in the wrong direction.
  • Wanted to fit in, seek validation, and be liked.
  • Grappled with the two opposing forces of self-awareness and low self-esteem.
  • Ended up doing things he didn't care about to fit in.
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Becoming a Monk

  • Went to university thinking he would work in financial services or consulting.
  • Introduced to the work of monks and visited an ashram for three summers.
  • Decided to become a monk for three years.
  • Wasn't a popular decision and wasn't familiar to others.
  • Living two lives: the life he wanted and the life others wanted him to live.
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Living with Purpose

  • Living with purpose means living a life that aligns with your values and beliefs.
  • It's important to find your own path and not just follow what others expect of you.
  • Living with purpose requires self-awareness and introspection.
  • It's a journey that requires patience, perseverance, and courage.
  • Living with purpose brings fulfillment and happiness.
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Unconventional Career Path

  • Jay Shetty initially wanted to be a rapper and loved music.
  • He then considered being an art designer or manager at a magazine.
  • He eventually decided to pursue a business degree because it seemed more realistic.
  • He turned down offers to go to art school to attend Cass Business School.
  • He became a monk at 21, which was the least cool thing he could do.
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Ignoring True Calling

  • Jay Shetty suppressed his true calling for a long time.
  • He felt drawn closer to his own values and what was important to him.
  • He watered down his dreams to be more realistic.
  • He eventually realized that he couldn't stay away from his true calling forever.
  • He made the decision to live a life of service instead of chasing success.
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Becoming a Monk

  • Jay Shetty spent every summer living with monks.
  • These mini experiments made him confident that he would enjoy being a monk long-term.
  • He became a monk at 21 despite social pressure and criticism from friends and family.
  • His monk mentors and teachers gave him the resilience to pursue his calling.
  • He believes that real-life experiences are more powerful than just thinking about things in your head.
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Importance of Life Experiences

  • Jay Shetty believes that you can only spend so much time in your head before you have to go do the thing.
  • He thinks that personality tests and introspection can only take you so far.
  • He encourages people to have real-life experiences to figure out what they want to do.
  • He believes that he wouldn't have wanted to be a monk if he hadn't spent those summers living with them.
  • He thinks that experiencing something is more powerful than just hearing about it or thinking about it.
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Finding enjoyment in the process

  • Loving the work you do means you love the process and accept the result.
  • Modern society defines happiness based on the result, whereas ancient wisdom suggests it's based on how much you enjoy the process.
  • During his time as a monk, Jay woke up at 4am, meditated for 4-8 hours a day, slept on the floor, and did agricultural work on the farm.
  • He didn't enjoy the direct activity, but he enjoyed the process because he trusted it was giving him what he needed.
  • It's not necessarily about enjoying the activities within the process, but how they ultimately serve what you're trying to accomplish and the values you're trying to live out.
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Being clear on your values

  • If you have a clear sense of your own values and how the work you do serves those values, it can feel easier to embrace the sometimes mundane or tedious aspects of your job.
  • Reminding yourself of your intentions and why you're doing the job that you're doing can have a powerful effect on your willingness to push through the worst aspects of it.
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Leaving the ashram and feeling behind professionally

  • Jay left the ashram because he felt he had learned what he needed to learn and wanted to serve in a different way.
  • He felt behind professionally compared to his peers, but realized that his unique experiences gave him a different perspective and set him apart.
  • He started creating content on social media and eventually gained a following.
  • He realized that his purpose was to help people find their own purpose and started creating content around that.
  • He emphasizes the importance of being patient and trusting the process, even when it doesn't seem like things are happening as quickly as you want them to.
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Figuring out what you're trying to create for yourself

  • It's important to figure out what you're truly trying to create for yourself and what intention you're bringing in.
  • Don't get locked up in the activity, but focus on what you want to bring to the world.
  • Use any tool possible to master your mind and improve the lives of other people.
  • Don't be attached to the medium or the role, but focus on what you care about and what aligns with your values.
  • Trust the process and be patient, even when it doesn't seem like things are happening as quickly as you want them to.
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Reasons for Leaving the Ashram

  • Experimenting with health through longer meditations and fasting
  • Pushing the limits of how far meditation could go to replace sleep and physical energy
  • Realizing desires were not aligned with long-term monks
  • Long-term monks desired complete surrender, service, and no personal creativity or expression
  • Desiring to make wisdom more practical, accessible, and relevant
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Challenges of Leaving the Ashram

  • Feeling like he was divorcing the love of his life
  • Going back to a world where friends were ahead in life
  • Feeling behind and lost
  • Spending nine months catching up on pop culture and reading books
  • Dressing up and going to the library to read books
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