The 10 Best Motivational Speakers in the World

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Who are the best motivational speakers of all time?

Motivational speakers have had an enormous impact on my life, and millions of others, no matter what their personal situation in life may be.

Their words are so powerful and inspirational, you just have to listen to their stuff on a daily basis. So it brings me to this post.

I’ve been enjoying a lot of motivational videos recently, have been creating my own, and have ended up listening to a lot of wonderful speeches.


Top 10 Best Motivational Speakers

But who are the best motivational speakers in the world?

Here’s my list of the top 10 motivational speakers in the world.

These are the people you need to be following, listening to and watching on YouTube. They have transformed many people’s lives including mine.


10. Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Nick Vujicic was born on December 4th 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. Vujicic was born with Tetra-Amelia syndrome, a very rare disorder whereby someone is born with an absence of all four limbs.

This no doubt ably, made things incredibly tough for Nick growing up, as he struggled both mentally and physically.

It led to him founding his very own non-profit organization called ‘Life Without Limbs’. Nick Vujicic is a true inspiration to us all, and if you’ve watched some of his motivational speeches on YouTube, you’ll realize just how much he’s been able to adapt to a life without limbs.

Many people with this disorder might not be willing to work hard in order to truly push their abilities.

He can type 43 words a minute on a computer. That’s right, you heard me correctly. This is a guy who has an absence of all four limbs, but can type 43 words per minute on a computer.

I encourage you to watch some of his videos on YouTube, and see exactly what I’m talking about.

“It’s a lie to think you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think you’re not worth anything.” – nick Vujicic


9. Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Brian Tracy was born on January 5th 1944 in Vancouver, Canada, and is the CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company that specifically sets out to help individuals and organizations develop, train and grow.

Brian’s ultimate goal is to help other people achieve their goals more efficiently and be able to achieve their full potential.

That definitely sets the foundation for being one of the best motivational speakers in the world.

His lifetime achievements are phenomenal, consulting huge numbers of businesses, hosting huge numbers of seminars and conducting  years and years of research in Business, Economics, Psychology and Philosophy.

There’s no more to say other than the title given on his website: Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur and Success Expert. Check out some of the best Brian Tracy quotes.

“No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.” – Brian Tracy


8. Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Robin Sharma was born in 1964 in Nepal, and straight out of the Dalhousie University School of Law, became a professional lawyer. But he went much further in his career than being a fully qualified and successful lawyer.

Sharma has written a total of 15 published books, from 1995 – 2011, on the subjects of self-help and leadership. One of his most popular books written; ‘The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari’, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

The book is all about a character called Julian, who decides to sell his home and Ferrari to go on a spiritual journey, after being the victim to a sudden heart attack.

Some may say that Robin Sharma’s more of a motivational author rather than speaker, but he deserves to be on this list. He’s written 12 global best sellers, and is an expert author in the world of leadership and self development.

“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.” – Robin S. Sharma


7. Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Dr. Wayne Dyer was born on May 10th 1940 in Detroit, and spent the majority of his childhood in an orphanage.

Dyer was in the U.S Navy after graduating high school, from 1958 to 1962. He then received his degree in counselling, a profession that he chose to work in for a while before taking it one step further.

Dyer left his teaching job and started pursuing a career in motivational speaking, holding various lectures across the states and becoming an incredibly popular author.

The first book that Dyer ever wrote has now had over 35 million copies sold and he’s proceeded to continue with his lecture tours, release various audio tapes and publish a regular stream of books.

“Passion is a feeling that tells you: this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy.” – Wayne Dyer


6. Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Zig Ziglar was born on November 6th, 1926 in Alabama, and passed away on November 28th in 2012.

Ziglar has 11 siblings, and at the age of five years old, his father died of a stroke, and his sister passed away two days later. Zig actually served in the army from 1935 – 1946 during World War II.

Ziglar met his wife Jean when he was just 17 years old, and after the war began to work as a salesman for many different companies, eventually becoming the vice president for the Automotive Performance company.

He started taking part in motivational seminars, and also wrote his first book in 1975 titled: ‘See You at the Top’. This was the first of at least 15 books he’d written during the period of 1975 and 2012.

A lot of wisdom has come from Zig Ziglar over the years and he is definitely one of the best motivational speakers in the world.

“You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” – Zig Ziglar


5. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30th 1947, in Austria. We all know him as the world famous professional bodybuilding champion, and there’s a very inspirational story behind Arnie’s bodybuilding success.

Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian army at the age of 18 years old for 1 year, which at the time was compulsory for all 18-year-old males.

During this time, he would still manage to fit in his workouts between all the training and drills, whilst most people were resting. He snuck out of the camp to compete in the Junior Mr. Europe contest, which he ended up winning.

Arnold’s discipline towards his training was incredible, and the fact that he was willing to disobey the rules of the army and sneak out of the camp to compete in the contest, just goes to show how badly he wanted it.

Nowadays, he’s an inspiration to many bodybuilders and a great source of motivation for anyone wanting to be successful.

“For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger


4. Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Jim Rohn was born September 17th, 1930 in Yakima, Washington, and passed away on December 5th, 2009. He was a very successful entrepreneur, at one time being a Vice President of a very successful sales company, Nutri-Bio.

However, after the company eventually went out of business, he was invited to speak at a meeting of one of his clubs.

After this meeting, he was invited to speak at many other events and began making a name for himself. Rohn was a wise businessman and managed to impart much of this wisdom to others.

He’s definitely earned the right to be on this list of the best motivational speakers in the world.

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn


3. Les Brown

Les Brown - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Les Brown was born on February 17th, 1945 in Miami, Florida. He was adopted by Mamie Brown, and whilst in grade school, was declared “educably mentally retarded”.

Despite this and the emotional issues, it brought upon him; he was encouraged by others to continue to learn and be the best he could be. Leading him to unlock his full potential.

Les is another motivational speaker who is incredibly popular among the motivational video compilations that others create. Because his speeches are so deep and meaningful that they really get through to people.

His top-selling books: ‘It’s Not over until You Win!’ and ‘Live Your Dreams’ are truly inspirational and well worth the read.

“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.” – Les Brown


2. Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Tony Robbins was born on February 29th, 1960 in Los Angeles. His life at home when he was young was described by him as abusive and chaotic. It was because of this that he left home at the age of 17.

Originally when starting out in the world of motivational speaking, Robbins was promoting seminars for Jim Rohn. He later decided to begin his own journey by hosting his own seminars.

Tony has affected and changed so many people’s lives in a positive way through his seminars, motivational speeches, inspirational quotes and best-selling books.

Search for him on YouTube and several videos will pop up showing him change someone’s life.

The favorites of mine that I’ve watched, are where he cures a young man’s stutter in 7 minutes and saves another guy’s marriage in 8.

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins


1. Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Eric Thomas, born and raised in Detroit, was homeless at the age of 16 years old. But Eric decided that he wanted to make a better life for himself, to become someone with a life he could be proud of.

E.T did just that, and you can now check out powerful advice from Eric Thomas on YouTube. Including his “Thank God It’s Monday” series.

He also managed to get the education he missed out on whilst he was homeless and pushed himself further to achieve all the qualifications he dreamed of being able to achieve.

Eric Thomas has become one of the best motivational speakers in the world. His YouTube videos are legendary and his best-selling books have taken in millions of dollars in revenue.

E.T’s speeches are so popular, that you’ll find he’s featured in roughly 90% of the motivational videos that others create and upload to YouTube, using compilations of clips, speeches, and music.

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” – Eric Thomas



I hope you enjoyed this list of the top 10 best motivational speakers in the world. Many of these speakers are featured within some of the videos we included in our new list of ultimate gym motivation. Take a look and see what you think.

Here’s a quick recap on the list of the best motivational speakers in the world::

  1. Eric Thomas
  2. Tony Robbins
  3. Les Brown
  4. Jim Rohn
  5. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  6. Zig Ziglar
  7. Dr. Wayne Dyer
  8. Robin Sharma
  9. Brian Tracy
  10. Nick Vujicic

Who’s your favorite of the 10 best motivational speakers? Do you still agree with the current order of this list? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western
Dan Western
Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance, and investment for the last 7 years. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing wealth infotainment sites in the world; with over 300 million views worldwide. Dan doesn't use personal social media anymore, so you won't be able to find him on Instagram, or Twitter.


  1. Dan. These are great choices and amazing human beings! Most of these speakers have overcome personal tragedies in order to become a “success” in spite of their background and upbringing.

    Many Americans and young people cannot relate, because they live reasonable lives with small challenges and difficulties and never really learn to apply themselves, because they have not been tested the way these speakers have. They coast through their lives.

    There are so many influential people and thought leaders that have made significant contributions to society. As the only motivational and leadership speaker to ever have a day of recognition passed by The United States Congress, January 2nd of every year is National Motivation & Inspiration Day and Founder of The American Motivation Awards, I encourage every young person to listen to these speakers and other thought leaders until you hear the voice that connects with you. That’s what I did!

    Once you are inspired and begin to live an “inspired life,” it is very hard to turn back, but you have to “take action to make things happen!”

    Keep up the great work Dan and encourage people to embrace all leaders of thought, they may learn something that changes their life forever!

    I’m #11 right? 😉

      • This is a lovely list you have Dan…….though you should certainly add Yogesh Chabria of The Happionaire Way as I believe he is one of the world’s best motivational speakers from India……..and what is so beautiful is his message of happiness which each and every person in the world needs……..

  2. Dear Dan
    First I want to thank you for the great collections. As God has made us with a purpose and he has given all the potential in us but we human being do not know our potential until we come across some short of need, when it comes to us we choose 2 way to overcome the situation ,the first one to struggle hard as Eric Thomas says “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” and the second one are the people who quit.
    Thanks once again Dan for your great job it will help us to grow and people to grow………..

  3. No women on this list? Why are the seemingly best motivational speakers lacking a female presence? is it that women don’t need motivational speaking as much as men? Or because an audience relates more with men? This makes me think about the reasons why there are no women on this list…

    • Hey Jennifer,

      You bring up a really interesting point! I think I have the same questions you’ve just asked above. Maybe the general audience does relate more with men. Male motivational speakers tend to have a deep voice that carries and motivates you more, especially if you’re looking for gym motivation etc.


      • Love the list, but agree there could be a few women in there. How about Oprah – she inspires so many people. More you could add: Suze Orman, Louise Hay, Esther Hicks just to name a few. There are so many inspiring people – both men and women, when you start to search for them.

  4. Thanks Dan,
    First I want to thank you for the great collections. I agree with the above list but i would like to include Naseer Khan also in this list. He is famous motivational speaker in India who is providing informative and inspirational speeches to clusters of people. Naseer Khan and his team are Motivational speaker who aim to inspire, motivate and challenge the employees. Smart, Suave and Charismatic, Naseer Khan is endowed with penetrative mind, amazing spontaneity and clarity of thoughts.

  5. Hello my brother, hope life finds you great.
    Actually am not satisfied that at least one lady is missing from motivational speakers. Am young but dream to be one soon at least. Angela Tendo Uganda and have a big dream as a woman.

  6. hello . i think you got there quite the best 10. it really proves that you did a good job on this topic. thanks so much

  7. Incredible men on this list. I have followed many of them for the past few years, and there hasn’t been a day that goes by where I don’t get some sort of new knowledge that I put to use through them. Thank you for this list.

  8. Hello Dan,
    what a great job you’ve been doing so far! Helping people, especially me to know and get in contact with these motivational speakers its mind blowing. More grease to your elbows and I pray GOD continue inspiring you.
    The classification was cool,but I think Brian Tracy is at the top now.

    • Thanks so much Jude, really appreciate it!

      It all depends on how you like to be motivated. Every motivational speaker here has their own style, which is very intriguing.


  9. Thanks for sharing such precise article. It would surely help us in finding the good speaker. Keep up the Good Work!!

  10. As everyone says it’s a great list you have created here Dan. I guess we all have our favorites, it just depends on where you are in life at the time to hear or read of the great motivators. And it depends on your age, some of go back a long time and remember the speakers of the 30’s 40’50’ all before my time but still heard these great speakers on cassettes in the 1970’s The greatest of these in my humble opinion was Earl Nightingale who created an LP in the 1950’s and can still be purchased today as a CD. But who influences you the most does depend on where your mind is at that moment in time.

  11. Comment:@ Jennifer ofcus there’re female motivational speakers just that the men re more than the female Oprah winfrey etc nd i think the people are motivated by the male speakers than females. #thumbsup quite agree with the list DAN…

  12. Thanks Dan, this is a great list. Be on the look out for one named Karey Thomas. He’s inspiring many. Really on fire!!!

  13. Good list, Dan! Thanks for sharing! Been following most of them.
    I look forward seeing Brendon Burchard’s name on your future listings. I think he has been inspiring many worldwide including global speakers and leaders, too.

  14. is a pleasure to be always be hearing from you. god will always give everyone of you a grace to impact to the world in Jesus name.

  15. Thank you Mr.Western for this article. It’s very useful and indeed these guys experienced fail and with their motives they not only converted into huge success but inspired others to succeed as well. If I want to attend on of their talks where can I find the tickets and the schedule?

    • please listen to yourself again
      haven’t you heard of non-profitable organization.
      you think it’s everyone who is selfish with personal achievement?
      some are just there to make others fly because that’s their happiness.
      PLEASE, wake up bro

  16. First of all Dan, I would like to thank you for sharing this list, for sure these people are Amazing, personally they have changed my life, I am rich I have not succeed to achieve what I exactly want to achieve, but I can tell you something, everyday I do succeed to achieve my daily and personal goals, and I can feel that my dream will come true. I list to Les Brown everyday before I go to work and before I start to practice what I truely love: MUSIC. This man has changed my life, I can smile when I happy, when I am angry, and I like these words from less: ´´Do not say I am having a bad day, say I am having a building character day´´
    ´´ Is not over untill I will´´´

    Custodio Cossa from Mozambique Africa,.

  17. I must say that this is one of the authentic lists of motivational speakers. As a motivational speaker, I know that there is a lot of fake content on the internet. Les Brown is my favorite.

  18. Thanks Dan, I really do appreciate this cos I’m on a training session in this regards & your work here has given me clue to the things I’ve been looking for. Kindly put more effort to this cos doing anything well makes life beautiful. An update is equally required given the publication date. Regards.


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