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Top 20 Best Personal Development Authors of All Time

Top 20 Best Personal Development Authors of All Time

Ever wanted to start reading self-development books, but you’re not sure who the best personal development authors to follow are?

You’re in luck…

I’m about to give you the names of what I believe to be the top 20 best self-development authors to be reading up on. These are names to remember when you’re looking for your next book to buy.


Top 20 Best Personal Development Authors

Here are, in no particular order, the names of the 20 best authors to start reading up on. I would have loved to include a few other names on this list, but the top 20 is what it is!


1. Jack Canfield

38 Jack Canfield Quotes (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

Jack Canfield is the legend behind the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series; one of the most popular self-development book series of all time.

Over 250+ books have been published by the company, and Canfield has gone on to become a leading motivational speaker and trainer.

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. I have at least fifty books by eight of the authors on your list. I have read some of them three or four times and learn something new each time. I met Dr. Wayne Dyer and Jim Rohn in person and have often applied their words of wisdom in my life.

  2. Greetings from Australia Dan , I have just stumbled upon your site by “accident”.. As you know ,some would say there was no such factor in play !.. Awesome site ,and great thought-provoking article about those who inspire.. My personal “guru” through early adulthood and onwards , was Stuart Wilde.. An English metaphysician, controversial, and at times polarising.. He inspired millions with his powerful , uncompromising , “at the fringes”,and humorous take on the human condition and all things higher.. His creed to develop silent inner power as a Warrior Sage in the human realm , and to reject control placed over us by other people and authorities , changed my life for the better ,and installed in me the inner strength I possess today.. Recommended reading: “Silent Power”, and “The Force”…Had lunch with him one day ,which was a truly memorable experience… Bob Proctor and Zig Ziglar were other favourites.. Regards….

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