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Dr. John Demartini: ‘Stand on the shoulders of giants’

During his presentation, Dr. John Demartini told the audience, “Find what you do best, do what you can’t wait to do, delegate other roles and gain vitality for what you really enjoy.”
Dr. John Demartini

“I wonder what would happen if we gave ourselves permission in this profession to do something extraordinary,” said John Demartini, D.C., during the Homecoming Opening Session on the Davenport Campus. “We are sitting here today because of one man [D.D. Palmer] taking an action step. What would happen if everyone here took an action step like that?”

Dr. Demartini is a popular speaker on human behavior and personal development. He told the audience that as a student he “fell in love with the philosophy, art and science of chiropractic.”

“The highest priority thing we can do [as chiropractors] is to share what we can offer people,” said Dr. Demartini. “I like to think of chiropractic as a science of love—that we help people physically to feel better spiritually. Our job is to have a higher degree of certainty in locating, prioritizing and adjusting subluxations.”

Dr. Demartini noted Parkinson’s Law, which states that any space in time that you don’t fill with high priority things gets filled with low priority things. So it is important, he noted, that we find what is meaningful and focus on that.

“Many chiropractors do not give themselves the permission to be leaders,” he said. “Your success is not in just how many patients you see each day, but how many seeds you plant, how many people you inspire. It isn’t possible to know the ramifications of the effect an adjustment will have on someone.”

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