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Word for Word: Christopher Duncan author of Know Thyself

Chris Duncan author
Chris Duncan author

Last week, we had a review of Christopher Duncan's novel called Know Thyself, now we have an exclusive interview with the author and motivational speaker.

About Chris Duncan:

Christopher Duncan is the founder of Know Thy Self which is committed to assisting people in achieving personal and professional mastery.

Mr. Duncan's passion is to make the world a better place to live by assisting individuals in reaching their desires whether that means building their relationships with their families, directing their focus to achieving their goals, by relieving emotional or financial distress, or making profound contributions to their communities and countries.

He is 34 years old and currently lives in Greer, South Carolina with his wife and children.

Here is our conversation:

Why did you write the book?
The reason why I wrote the book is because I see so many hurt people, especially people of color. What I’ve learned is that everything you need is within you, to get peace, prosperity, happiness.

Who inspires you?

God, Martin Luther King Jr and Ghandi but mainly God inspires me.

What has the response been so far?

I’m getting great response to this book. A lot of people have told me that it’s changed their lives; that a light turned on for the first time.

Did you ever experience this negative thinking?

I wasn’t always a positive thinking. I was thinking negative based on my environment. I am originally from Jamaica. When I went to Norfolk State university and I ran track, which is a mind game, I started reading books and the bible changed my life. I didn’t know where to turn, what to do, or what to think. One of the books I read was think and grow rich. It taught me that if you can’t do anything unless you believe it. If you keep thinking and growing, eventually you’ll be wealthy because you’ll find ways to be wealthy.

So how has this book impacted your life?

This book has inspired my life in many ways. To help people because the joy I get from my life comes from helping people. I believe that whatever you send out, it comes back. The more you give love, the more love you get. I’m focused on changing lives.

Will you be doing a speaking tour in support of this book?

Yes, we’re working it out right now.

Besides being an author, what else do you do?

I put on workshops and do speaking engagements.

Do you plan to do anything in the Baltimore area?

Nothing planned right now, but I plan to come to the Baltimore area.

When people finish this book, what do you want them to walk away knowing?

No matter who you are or where you’re from, you have greatness in you. We are all born with greatness within us. You can achieve anything you want to achieve but you have to learn how to tap into that great power in your mind. It goes back to your thinking. In your mind, you think I ain’t nobody I ain’t ever going to make it and you’ll never make it. You need to think, “I know I was born for greatness” I know I can do it.”

Where do you want to be in 5-10 years?

I want to change people lives. Raise millions of dollars and give part of it back to society to help out. A percentage of my book is going back to the The greater outreach ministry to help with their ministry.

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