Former monk turned motivational speaker Jay Shetty recalls the moment that changed his life

Motivational speaker Jay Shetty has recalled the moment that changed his life.

After being encouraged by a monk to attend a talk, Jay, who had trained at a management school and had dreams of being an entrepreneur and businessman, decided to become a monk.

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid from LA, Jay explained why he decided to become a monk.

"The most important moments in life are the most humbling ones where you go there expecting nothing and you realise in hindsight how stupid you were or how immature you were and for me, that moment was - now when I look back - when I was 18," he said.

"I had met people who were rich, successful, famous, beautiful, attractive, but I don’t think I’d met anyone who was truly happy. The monk was happy because he said he was using his gifts in the service of others and that message really struck me and that was the message that inspired me to want to use my life in the service of others," he added.

Addressing the success he has achieved that he had rejected a number years before, Jay said: "To me, it’s been an unravelling of getting closer to my truest and most authentic self. When I lived as a monk. I woke up every day and I loved the process and since I’ve left, I’ve simply tried to put all of those practices into the real world and seeing the magic of applying that and that’s what I’m really trying to share with my work today is that those three years of monk school and the past seven years have been the test and the exam and these principles really work." 

During the interview Jay shared his tips to help people cope during the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.

Responding to Piers Morgan's question about what he would say to people to make them feel calmer about what is going on, Jay said: "I think one of the most important things is to first realise that everyone has lost something or someone and it’s really important not to gloss over that, not to belittle it or de-value it and really accept it and understand what’s going on." 

"The second thing is to see how you can find some certainty in your day. There’s so much uncertainty around it. But what is a daily practice or daily habit or a daily ritual that you can do that brings you a sense of calm where it’s your morning tea, or reading from your favourite book or listening to something that calms you down. Finding a daily habit that brings you that peace."