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10 Best Self-Help Gurus

10 Best Motivational Speakers And Self-Help Authors

There’s tons of motivational speakers and self-help authors out there. However, it’s easy to get lost in the vast amount of information and resources. That’s why I created this little list of 10 best motivational speakers and self-help authors. This is not a definite list, nor is it a list of my favorite authors in the area of psychology. This is just to give you an overview of what there is on the personal development market right now. Check it out.

10 Best Self-Help Authors

1) Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn is a legend in the personal development industry. Apparently he started sharing his success story just with a few people. But soon word of mouth spread and he got invited to speak at live events and teach his audience the “science of success”. He turned into an extremely well-known and sought after motivational speaker in the USA. And there’s a lot of good, catchy stuff to learn from good ‘ol Jim.

2) Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is one of the most successful “gurus” in the personal development industry. He used to work for Jim Rohn in his early days and quickly had a salary of 10’000 a month. His teachings are based on NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and his own variation of it which he now calls NAC (Neuro Associative Conditioning). Tony is the personal development giant of the modern age. And although he’s a bit unbalanced in my opinion, there’s a lot of good stuff to learn from him.

3) Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer is more of a spiritual “guru”. His teachings are different from the classical personal development stuff. Instead of preaching goal setting, visualization and achievement strategies (and all that classical NLP stuff), he is more the eastern philosophy guy. You can learn mantras like: “Don’t strive, arrive!” from Wayne and many other cool Jedi mind tricks. However, he’s a bit of a spiritual fundamentalist in my opinion.

4) Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield isn’t actually what I would consider a classical personal development “guru”. In fact, he’s simply an author and Hollywood screenwriter. Do you know the book or movie “The Legend Of Bagger Vance” with Will Smith? Well, he wrote the book on which the movie is based. He gave out a series of awesome books on productivity and beating your inner resistance. They’re some of my favorite self-help books ever. They’re called: “The War Of Art”, “Turning Pro” and “Do The Work”. Steven Pressfield is the guy to consult if you’re struggling with laziness or procrastination.

5) Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is the guy for ayurvedic medicine. And he’s also big on spirituality. I’ve personally only read one book of him and I didn’t find it particularly groundbreaking. However, if you’re interested in alternative medicine and healing methods, make sure to read his books. I think he looks like a total douche-bag but I actually like quite a lot of what he has to say.

5) Alan Watts

Alan Watts is the rising phoenix of eastern philosophy. He’s not alive anymore, but many of his teachings have been made available for the public now. He’s still pretty “underground” but he might be the next big-shot “guru” when it comes to eastern philosophy and spiritual teachings. It’s quite amusing to listen to him talking about the Tao Te Ching in his British accent. However, his teachings are quite complex and not that easy to understand for a spiritual rookie. Anyways, put him on your list if you’re into all the spiritual stuff.

7) Steven Covey

Steven Covey is probably best known for his book “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People”. He’s an expert in leadership and creating “win-win” relationships with other people. His most important teaching is that we should focus on our circle of influence instead of our circle of concern. He’s got some good teachings. But in my opinion one could have put them in a 10-page book instead of a 380-page book.

8) Susan Jeffers

If you’re dealing with fear, this woman might be able to help you. She wrote the book “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway” and there’s some cool stuff in there. Basically she teaches that the fear only goes away once you expose yourself to it. So, the only way to actually get rid of fear is by doing what you’re afraid of. It’s basically a simplified and popularized version of the classical behavioristic therapy approach.

9) Owen Cook

If you’re a man and struggling with women, you definitively have to check out this guy. He’s a dating and pick up coach, a bit too narcissistic and unbalanced for my taste, but he’s amusing to watch and there are loads of great things you can learn from him. He created a full DVD program called “The Blueprint Decoded” which is cool and insightful to watch if you’re a guy. Don’t miss out on this.

10) Napoleon Hill

Last but not least: Napoleon Hill. In fact, he should probably be somewhere on the top of this list near Jim Rohn. Napoleon is one of the old guys who popularized the idea of visualization and goal setting. I personally don’t like his stuff too much, he’s too old and his teachings are over-simplifying in my opinion. However, he’s definitively a classic and has been a great influence for second-generation personal development gurus like Tony Robbins and many others.

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Till Boadella

Till, also known as 'Juan', is the C.E.O and Editor-inChief of Tiger Freedom. He's a normal dude in his mid-twenties. Living the freedom business lifestyle, passionate about self development. Hustling every day.

  • JWPicker

    Great post! Jim Rohn is my favorite! I wish I had seen him when he was alive. I listen to him online weekly.


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