Top 10 Self Help Gurus To Inspire Your Personal Development

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In this top 10 self help gurus list you’ll find many inspirational figures. But who is your personal favorite self help guru? Leave a comment below.

The Top Ten Self Help Gurus And What They’re All About

Deepak Chopra (A.K.A The Poet Prophet):


Time magazine called Deepak Chopra the “poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”

Chopra has released over 50 self help books and is most famous for his work on enhancing the mind / body connection.

He advocates such techniques as healing through meditation and body scanning.

Best Deepak Chopra Quote: “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”

How to do it: Meditate so you can be mindful even in the toughest of times. It can be a real challenge to “keep stillness inside of you,” as Chopra advocates. It’s all those negative thoughts and doubts and worries that we mere mortals suffer. Those are what stop you from feeling inwardly still. But meditation can help.

Never meditate before? Hey, no sweat, everyone starts somewhere. Take a look at our guide to how to meditate for beginners. After all, there’s no time like the present.

 Eckhart Tolle  (A.K.A Mr  Power of Now)

Born in Germany and educated in Cambridge. Eckhart Tolle has accomplished some truly extraordinary things. He even managed to make Paris Hilton a tiny bit spiritual. She has said that she read The Power Of Now while in jail.

Eckhart Tolle’s teachings are largely based around the book the Bhagavad Gita, which is one of the most important Hindu classic texts. Tolle also uses a lot of Zen Buddhism in his teachings. For instance, his advice on focusing on the present moment is entirely based around Zen Buddhism.

Best Eckhart Tolle Quote: “The past has no power over the present moment.”

How to do it: Live in the moment. When you live in the moment you naturally overcome a lot of the stress and doubts that occupy your mind. And you will also enjoy the moment more.

Jack Canfield (A.K.A Chicken Soup For The Soul Guy)

Jack Canfield has done more for the self help movement than practically anyone in history. His book Chicken Soup For The Soul sold by the truckload. And it was the entry point to self help for a lot of people, including this author. What Chicken Soup For The Soul did was condense spirituality and psychology into a tasty easy-to-read page-turner. Kinda like how chicken soup condenses tasty goodness into a simple drink.

Jack Canfield’s tips include positive thinking and being grateful for what you’ve got in life. But then that’s easy for him, he’s worth $25 million.

What makes Jack Canfield a great self help writer is that he is very down to Earth compared to his contemporaries.

Best Jack Canfield Quote: “Most everything that you want is just outside your comfort zone.”

How to do it: Do one thing you think your cannot do. How? I’ve written a guide to overcoming fear in your life to get you started. When you do one thing you think you cannot do, you’ll start to turn can’t into can (can of soup…?)


Dale Carnegie (A.K.A  author of How To Win Friends And influence People)

Dale Carnegie was an American lecturer, writer and self improvement. As a self help guru he’s most famous for the absolutely brilliant book on communication, “How To Win Friends And Influence People” (which I really recommend you read).

Among Dale Carnegie’s most important teachings are the idea (and now proven fact) that you can change the behavior of other people by changing the way you act towards them. He’s also famous for the beautiful quote about gratitude below.

Best Dale Carnegie Quote: “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

How To Do It: Be thankful for what you have in life. This breeds a mentality of having rather than wanting.



Jon Kabat Zinn (A.K.A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Founder)

Jon Kabat Zinn is not as famous as some of the other self help gurus on this list. But don’t let that phase you. This guy’s done more for spirituality in the West than nearly anyone. He’s famous for bringing the Zen practice of Mindfulness Meditation to the West.

Jon Kabat Zinn essentially took the teachings of Thich Naht Hahn and brought them to the West. His central teachings revolve around mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. He advocates getting in touch with the senses and being alive to the world.

Best Jon Kabat Zinn Quote: “Wherever you go, there you are”

How To Do It: Mindfulness is the key here. “Wherever you go, there you are” essentially means to be present and in the moment. To accomplish that, practice mindfulness based meditations and introduce these 25 mindful habits into your day.

Wayne Dyer  (A.K.A PBS Spiritual Guru)

Wayne Dyer is an international bestselling author of more than thirty books and one of the most famous faces in self improvement. Wayne Dyer has been all over the TV with his PBS specials. And thank goodness for that because Wayne Dyer was a truly beautiful and inspiring man (and one of the guys who inspired me to get into spirituality myself many years ago). Wayne Dyer advocates philosophies associated to the New Thought Movement (which states that god is within us all and that our thoughts and mind hold unbridled power).

Best Wayne Dyer Quote: If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

How To Do It: Don’t just accept your own thoughts and beliefs as gospel. Challenge the way you look at the world. Look at things in new ways. This will change your perception of reality. Why not start by changing your beliefs about yourself.

 Stephen Covey (A.K.A “7 Habits”)

Most famous for his groundbreaking self improvement / personal development book “7 Habits” Steven Covey also sells products designed to make you more efficient and more successful. His empire sells such things as planners and schedules.  Covey studies as a Harvard MBA student and approaches self help with a business mentality. His advice is practical, straight-up no nonsense facts.

Best Stephen Covey Quote: There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.

How to do it: Getting into the frame of mind where you understand that your own sincerity and resolution of mind are what ultimately matter.

 Napoleon Hill (A.K.A  Thank And Grow Rich)

Napoleon Hill learned his teachings from Andrew Carnegie, the American steel magnate. Carnegie taught Napoleon Hill that success was a formula, a process anyone could follow. This led to his first book “The Law of Success.” This was followed by “Think and Grow Rich.” The book advocated 17 success principles, of which the first is “Definition of Purpose.”

Best Napoleon Hill Quote : A goal is a dream with a deadline.

How To Do It: Stop wishing on the future. Write down your life goal. State it precisely. Now attached a date to it. Pin it on the wall. You now have an official statement of what you will achieve and when. Now go do it.

Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins first gained attention in infomercials where he promoted Jim Rohn’s seminars. He then started his own seminars.

Tony Robins’  seminars are known for their personality. They’re designed to stir excitement. They focus on immediate action. His two main teachings are : 1) keep energy and excitement high and 2) change negative thoughts for positive ones.

Best Tony Robbins Quote:  If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

How to do it: Do something new, whatever it is. New action leads us to new places. And damn it, get rid of those negative thoughts already, will ya?

Richard Carlson

Richard Carlson hit the bestsellers list with “Dont Sweat the Small Stuff.” Though Carlson was panned by critics at the time, in hindsight a lot of people have come to see his works as masterpieces. He advocates simple and practical advice, and tells us that we don’t need lofty ideas or clever plans, just a good slice of perspective.

Best Richard Carlson Quote: “Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.”

How to do it: Put things in perspective. Your issues probably aren’t that earth shatteringly important, to be frank. One day you’ll back and wonder what you ever worried for, so you might as well just stop worrying today.


These are the top ten self help gurus in the world… in my opinion. But let’s d this right. We need your opinion.

I would love to hear your thoughts on who is the best self help guru. Who has inspired you? What was it about them that you really loved?

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