Deepak Chopra vs. Deepak Chopra

What happens when two opposites collide?

One is the hard-nosed Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post Corporation, who recently made global headlines by announcing that his innovative strategy for improving post office services is to get rid of mail delivery. He is a Certified General Accountant, serves on the Conference Board of Canada as well as the board of Purolator, earns $661,000 a year (according to the postal union) and gets on well with Stephen Harper.

The other is a multi-millionaire New Age guru who dabbles in quantum healing, Ayurvedic medicine and was personal friend to Michael Jackson.

But these two men share more than a name. They share an ardent passion for dramatic and sweeping statements about life, the universe and, well, everything. In fact, they’re a little bit like Superman, that time he was split into two personalities: one full of darkness and doom, and one full of light and joy. Deepak Chopra, CEO, has a tendency to speak in terms of looming catastrophe; whereas Deepak Chopra, guru, sees a universe full of possibility and happiness.

So, we thought we would put them in conversation with each other. Unfortunately we don’t have the budget to fly them both to our headquarters in Flatrock, Newfoundland, so we present a series of quotes from these two charismatic figures, each of whom is working to change the lives of everyday Canadians in their own unique way.

Chopra vs. Chopra

On coping with irreversible decline

“Mail, which is a $3.5-billion business for us, is the fastest declining business, (it’s) irreversible.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On vision

“Barring any catastrophic changes in mail volumes, we hope to come back to inflationary-type price increases (in the future).”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“The more boundless your vision, the more real you are.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On making tough decisions

“These were difficult choices.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“Don’t try to steer the river.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On making mistakes, especially forgetting to tell the public when you suspend mail delivery

“We missed a very critical step.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“You alone are the judge of your worth and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

“We were so busy fixing the problem, but we forgot to tell people that we had a problem, too.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“There are no accidents… there is only some purpose that we haven’t yet understood.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

“I should have spoken earlier.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“The secret of attraction is to love yourself.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On self-centredness

“If I’m the one whose service is impacted, really I don’t care if 98% is getting a good service. And rightly so.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On getting the pricing right

“Pricing is never an easy decision. But we thought it through very carefully.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“Give up being right. Instead radiate peace, harmony, love, and laughter from your heart.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On money evaporating

“There is a mismatch. So we have hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue evaporating.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“The healthiest response to life is joy.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On problems

“We have a cost structure that was built for a different era.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On opportunity

“There is really no room to operate as a bank and create a large carve-out and opportunity…we have no institutional knowledge, no expertise and no infrastructure.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“Instead of asking ‘what’s the problem?’ ask ‘what’s the creative opportunity?'” – Deepak Chopra, guru

On choices

“None of the things that we’re going to do are going to be easy.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On disaster

“We have a perfect storm.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“At any given time the universe is giving you the best result possible.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On big numbers

“You have a business model in crisis…if left to its own devices, you’re heading by 2020 to a billion dollar loss.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On drugs?

“From being your letter box, we want to become your shopping cart.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“You are not the drop in the ocean, but the ocean in the drop.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On secret agendas

“Look, we have a business to run…This is not about any agenda.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

On facing challenges

“The challenges we are facing are indeed unprecedented and real.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” – Deepak Chopra, guru

On solving problems

“Our job is to find the right balance.” – Deepak Chopra, CEO

“Walk with those seeking truth… RUN FROM THOSE WHO THINK THEY’VE FOUND IT. ”  – Deepak Chopra, guru

Final words:

“Think positive.” – Deepak Chopra, guru

“No.”  – Deepak Chopra, CEO


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