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"YOU are the best self help author...

... when it comes to living YOUR life!"

Well, that's what I think anyway! And I know Galileo Galilei agrees with me too, because Galileo said:

"You can't teach anybody anything, only
make them realize the answers are already inside them"

Having said that, we could all do with a little help and guidance from time to time. So who best to turn to than self help gurus like...

* Paul McKenna, Deepak Chopra,
* Guy Finley, Eckart Tolle,
* Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy,
* Dale Carnegie, Dr. Steven Covey
* Mark Victor Hansen, Michael Neill,
* Robert T Kiyosaki, Ken Wilber...

And this is just a short list(!) of self-help gurus - authors I have had some experience of.

So below you will find my opinion on a few of the popular self help authors, together with an inspirational quote of theirs and a link to their respective self-help websites.   Hey, just how much MORE self-help do you need!?



Self Help Authors

What I say...

I have read enough material of the following self help authors to be able to have an opinion on them.

I make no claims as to who is the best self-help guru, or who provides the best self help information. (Remember: YOU are the best self help author, when it comes to your life - don't you think?) I will leave that up to you - why not check out the free self help information these gurus provide to help you decide?

I simply state that I have read one of their books, or listened to/watched/read some of their self help resources.

Okay, on with my list of self help authors then:

  • Guy Finley @

    Guy is the #1 best-selling author of books such as The Secret of Letting Go as well as many self help audios, ebooks, albums, DVDs, podcasts, articles, and MP3s etc. (like The Secrets of Being Unstoppable). But I didn't know any of this when I first read Guy's The Secret of Letting Go in 2008. I just wanted some 'help' in letting go of another failed relationship, but what I got was much more than can be obtained in a self-help book. Instead, I got an insight into who I really am, and I am now compelled to read anything Guy writes.

    Guy has been writing and speaking for 25 years on the most basic (yet elusive) topic -- how to be happy and successful, in all that you do, EVERY moment of every day. And he does this via his world-renowned nonprofit organization called Life of Learning Foundation, based in Southern Oregon, USA.

    Barnes & Noble Booksellers says that "Guy Finley's books have helped millions live fuller more peaceable lives." I can believe that. And that's why I'm a big fan of Guy's DVDs - DVDs like Secrets of Being Unstoppable!

    My verdict: highly recommended (Your verdict?)

  • Napoleon Hill @

    I first found out about Napoleon Hill when I read his inspirational book, Think and Grow Rich: a book about the power of your thoughts to create your own reality. I had never quite understood that everything that happens to me is a result of my thoughts until I read this book. It's not about getting wealthy rich, particularly (though he does explain the types of things that you have to do to get wealthy rich), but more about a richness that I shall define simply as being 'better' or 'more' or being as great as you can be.

    "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."
    -- Napoleon Hill

    My verdict: inspirational! (Your verdict?)

  • Eckhart Tolle @

    Eckart Tolle is less a self-help guru and more a spiritual leader. Even then, he probably does not consider himself to be guru or leader, merely a man who experiences presence - experiencing the power of now - more than most of us do. Yes, Eckart Tolle came to prominence from writing The Power of Now. And later books like Stillness Speaks and A New Earth continue the themes of ego, pain-body and presence developed in The Power of Now.

    "I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don't know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten" -- Eckhart Tolle

    My verdict: if you truly 'get' what Eckhart is saying and simply be, then all other self-help authors are redundant - you will have no problems! (Your verdict?)

  • Dale Carnegie @

    I read Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People when I was quite young and before I was aware of the self-help industry, before I was aware of 'self-help'. I guess I wanted to win friends and influence people. And I guess it didn't work for me, mainly because I don't think I was ready to hear what Dale had to say - I wasn't self-aware enough. Still, I do recommend you read that book as it contains much wisdom. (I think I should read it again, too.)

    "We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today." -- Dale Carnegie

    My verdict: a pioneer in self-help! (Your verdict?)

  • DR Richard Carlson @

    Dr Carlson (recently deceased, sadly) is famous for writing Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . I haven't read this book, preferring instead to discover Richard's wisdom from his day-to-day calendar of the same name. And it's from these words of wisdom that I receive every day that I can respect Richard's self-help message to the world: don't sweat the small stuff - and it really is all small stuff!

    "We all have events from our past that haunt us as they reemerge as thoughts disguised as the real thing. Keep in mind the idea that thoughts can't hurt us without our consent"

    My verdict: a self-help practitioner for the 21st Century and sadly missed! (Your verdict?)

  • Paul McKenna @

    Paul rose to fame in UK as an entertaining TV hypnotist. He soon changed focus, though, when he realised the potential of reprogramming your mind as a self-improvement tool. (I believe Paul has experience of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).) Paul's several books focus on classic self-help themes: weight-loss, self-confidence, wealth, love - and most include a free 'reprogramming' CD.

    My verdict: recommended reading, but you might not finish the book!
    (Your verdict?)

More self-help authors I like the sound of and whose words appear on the Self Help Collective:

  • Lynn Robinson @
  • Elaine Sihera @
  • Paula Renaye @


Reading the many self-help books that I have over the years I am struck by one (I think comforting) thought: they all say the same thing - they just say it with a different voice!




Self help authors - what YOU say?...

Okay, this isn't what you - the person reading this page right now - says exactly (though it could be: get in touch about your favourite self help authors!) - but it is what you, the readers of popular self help books, say. These self help authors below are some of the most successful self help authors in the world. I have not read their books (yet), but I have read quotations from them, so I thought I would list them, briefly, anyway.

Popular self help authors:

  • Michael Neill @

  • Deepak Chopra @

  • Anthony Robbins @

    "If you can't, you must. If you must, you can."

  • Brian Tracy @

    "Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation."

  • Dr. Steven Covey @

    "Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. No involvement, no commitment."

  • Jim Rohn @

    "To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?"

  • Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup anyone?) @

  • Robert T Kiyosaki (The Rich Dad Poor Dad guy) @

    "One of the main reasons people are not rich is that they worry too much about things that might never happen."

  • Ken Wilber (Leading thinker and self-help/spiritual author) @

  • Helen Keller @

    "Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."   

Please do let me know of your experiences of these authors - thanks!

And if you're still wanting more, then check out these self help websites and self-improvement sites - plenty of self help resources, for sure!

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