Books in Brief: Spiritual Laws of Success

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Deepak Chopra. 111 pages. Amber-Allen Publishing, 1995.

August 1, 1996

Automation "surfing" or being "hit" on the Internet, a more educated and demanding public, a declining number of real estate practitioners, and turmoil caused by change. These are the buzzwords and hot issues of our profession today.

I've never met Deepak Chopra, but his book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, may be just the anchor needed in the choppy seas of change. Without people like him to remind us, we tend to forget that our business is a journey, not a destination.

Let's look at Chopra's seven laws and how they relate to the life of today's real estate professional.

  1. The Law of Pure Potentiality says that to have a fulfilling life and career, you must take time to stop and look at the power of life. In the heat of the transaction, we often forget that our job allows many people the chance to fulfill their dreams of homeownership.
  2. The Law of Giving is the core of our profession and mandates us to give freely of our skills to serve our clients and complete transactions successfully. Giving also means recognizing the value of everyone who helps us succeed.
  3. The Law of Karma, or Cause and Effect. Never make a decision based on a commission. You can't think in terms only of the current transaction if your business is to survive and grow in this uncertain time. Thinking before you react is the key to success and survival.
  4. The Law of Least Effort dictates that there are some things, such as the failure to complete a transaction, we have to accept as reality. No matter how much we want a different outcome, we have to face the fact that it's not going to happen.
  5. The Law of Intention and Desire allows us to experience the magic of realizing a goal.Life and business goals are the fuel the human spirit needs to grow.
  6. The Law of Detachment reminds us that we're often criticized for not caring about what the customer wants. Block out your own needs with respect to a particular property and allow the buyersto enjoy house huntingin relation to their goals and desires.
  7. The Law of Dharma, or Purpose in Life, makes you ask, Why am I doing this? You have the opportunity to look at your skills, talents, and goals to define your purpose and direction.

I found this book thought provoking. It encourages us to analyze and question our purpose in life, something that needs to be done every so often. I'd suggest that you read this book from both a risk reduction and a self-examination point of view. You'll find the experience both exhilarating and refreshing.

Terry Anderson, CRS®, GRI, is a broker associate, RE/MAX Advanced Inc., 1018 Centre Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80526. Telephone: 970/221-5995.

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