The 10 Best Motivational Speakers in the World

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

Written by Dan Western

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan is a young ambitious guy who has been researching self-development for the past two years and is now off travelling the world. His mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up." Join Wealthy Gorilla on Facebook.


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  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. Dear Dan,
    I read your blog often and really enjoy your insight on success, life and motivation. I came across this article today and loved your selected choice of speakers who I also enjoy myself but I’m surprised you have not heard of motivational speaker/author Garth Vickers. He is a powerful world renowned motivational speaker as well. I would like to share his link with you he has inspired me a lot on my journey and has an incredible story. He has a youtube promotion going on right now HERE >

    I just thought I’d share this with you and please feel free to share your thoughts as well. Thank you and looking forward to continue growing with you.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.


  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. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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,.

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