Dr Demartini is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on human behavior and personal development. He is the founder of the Demartini Institute, a private research and education organization with a curriculum of over 72 different courses covering multiple aspects of human development.
His trademarked methodologies, the Demartini Method and the Demartini Value Determination, are the culmination of 39 years of cross-disciplinary research and study. His work has been incorporated into human development industries across the world.
Dr Demartini travels 360 days a year to countries all over the globe, sharing his research and findings in all markets and sectors. He is the author of 40 books published in 28 different languages. He has produced over 50 CDs and DVDs covering subjects such as development in relationships, wealth, education and business. Each program is designed to assist people to activate leadership and empower themselves in all seven areas of their lives: Financial, physical, mental, vocational, spiritual, family and social.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Can I do 4? [Sure] Research, Write, Travel, Teach.
What is your life motto? I research, write, travel, teach – I love it.
When did you start pursuing your career and how long did it take to become successful? I started when I was 17, almost 18 years old and I never really think about the word success, I just do what I do. I research, write, travel, teach and a lot of people label me that way but I just love doing it so I don’t think about it.
How much time and effort did you dedicate to pursuing your dream? I’m one of those few people who get to do what I love and do it all day. Its just part of what I do.
What are the challenges in your line of work? The biggest challenge I face is deadlines and airlines…and sometimes hotel arrangements as I travel.
What is the mistake that taught you an extremely valuable lesson? In my life I would say that I don’t ever look at things as mistakes, I always see things as feedback, but as I said on the movie, The Secret – when the voice and vision on the inside is more profound and louder than all things on the outside, you’ve mastered your life. The key is to follow your inspirations and not so much compare yourself to other people.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given to date? To trust that your knowing inside, your intuition and inspirations; and obey them and follow them. Allow yourself permission to be creative and imaginative and to be the genius we all are. Give yourself permission to do something extraordinary.
In your mind, is formal training essential? Well I did formal education and I think that was useful – rigor is essential, but at the same time I wouldn’t limit it to that because some of the standards in formal training are less than some of the standards I put on myself. As a result, I would rather have my own standards higher than the formal standards and keep diligently training myself daily.
Do you think having a mentor is important? How would you go about getting one for this industry? I have had many mentors, I’ve stood on the shoulders of many great giants, from Nobel Prize winners to great philosophers, to mentors in each area and field of life – financial managers, relationship managers; any of them I believe are essential. I don’t believe its wise to subordinate; it’s wise to sit on their shoulders not sit in their saddles.
What are some steps those starting out can take to start/further their career? If you’re really inspired by what you do, you love learning it, you don’t need to be reminded or guided by anybody else, you just can’t wait to get up and study it. I believe if we follow what it is that’s truly inspiring to us, our highest priority; our highest mission, we tend to not want to learn about it. Everyday fill your day with that, just take a small action step or many action steps at a day towards the objective you want. If you stay with it long enough you’re there, you’ve just got to never give up on it.
What kept you going when you weren’t at your best? Everything is on the way, not in the way; everything is instructive not obstructive and I just see that no matter what happens, even if I’m not the greatest performance or presentation, I say okay, so how can I polish that and refine that for next time? I always look at it as a feedback system; otherwise you just set an unrealistic expectation of yourself.
Do you believe that ‘making it’ is about luck and being in the right place at the right time? I have an affirmation that is: I’m always in the right place, at the right time, to meet the right people to do the right deal – and I got that from Donald Trump. I do believe that you do run into opportunities along the way that you don’t always anticipate, but I would say that luck is preparation meeting opportunity; so I just keep preparing, keep studying, keep focusing and refining, keep practicing and it seems I keep getting luckier and luckier as I master my work.