By Chloe Aiello
Success that comes at the expense of physical and spiritual health is no success at all, author and alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra told Cheddar.
"The biggest misconception about success is that you have to work hard, that you have to have driving ambition, that you have to have exacting plans. These are actually symptoms of failure," Chopra said.
Chopra will explore that very idea in a new PBS special, "The Spiritual Laws of Success," which is based on his book of a similar name. It will be split into three acts in which Chopra will explore the nature of reality, making the invisible visible, and, finally, the seven spiritual principles that lead to true success.
In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, keeping up can seem like a full-time job. All of that stress can take a serious toll on your health.
"People, even if they become successful, by the time they do, they have rotten teeth, high blood pressure, sexual impotence, inflammation in the body. And then they are using the success they've generated to get well," Chopra said.
The secret to success isn't keeping up. According to Chopra, it's almost the exact opposite. His advice to the ambitious professional? Turn inward.
"The only guru is your own inner self," he said. "Once you tap into your inner silence, you have access to the inner genius that exists inside you that mirrors the wisdom of the universe."
Chopra has written more than 85 published books, inspired his own Alexa skill, in partnership with LivePerson, and hosts a podcast in which he interviews cosmologists, astrophysicists, humanitarians, and artists like actor Russell Brand. But he said he has maintained a special relationship with PBS because "there is nothing commercial about it, and it doesn't diminish the intelligence of the audience."
"Ever since Carl Sagan did Cosmos, I've been a fan of PBS," he said.
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