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Top 20 Best Personal Development Authors of All Time



Best Personal Development Authors of all time

Personal development is something people want to improve on as the days passes by but do they really stumble on the right source?

Many authors have published books on the topic however, in this post, we will be looking at the top 20 best authors to have ever written on personal development.

So if you are looking for a book to read on the topic, then kindly look out for these guys!

The top best 20 personal development authors of all time are:

20. Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

The televangelist sermons has reached over 20 million viewers in more than 100 countries in the world.

The preacher also publishes books that are life transforming and motivational.

19. Brendan Burchard

Brendan Burchard is an American affiliate marketer who has penetrated the digital market.

The author has written so many motivational books – which are widely read by millions of people across the world.

One of his popular books is the “Millionaire Messenger.”

18. Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein is another powerful American author on the list.

He is also a life coach and motivational speaker.

His school of thought is based on the metaphysical aspect of philosophy.

The author has posted life transforming books about miracles.

17. Gary Keller

Gary Keller is one of the beat-selling author in the world.

He is also into real estate – the largest by agent count.

His personal development books is one of the best the world has ever read.

16. Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn was an American author that published motivational books.

He was also an entrepreneur who has touched the lives of millions of people.

The author focused on philosophy, success, wealth and happiness.

15. Les Brown

Les Brown is one of the best motivational authors of all time.

Having experienced a tough childhood and birth – the author was born on a bare floor and was mentally retarded, he went on to be one of the most successful in the world.

In his published works, lessons are packed in story-filled pages.

14. Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is another powerful motivational author that have written a lot of life transforming books.

The Canadian-born American have written notorious books that are read by millions across the world.

13. Stephen R. Covey

Stephen R. Covey was one of the best personal development authors of all times

His book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has sold over 20 millions copies.

The American was one of the best in the field.

12. Martha Beck

Martha Beck is one of the best selling authors in the world.

He is an American Sociologist, speaker and life coach who have helped millions of people with his power packed books.

11. Peter F. Drucker

Peter F. Drucker was one of the best personal development authors in the world.

The Austrian- born American educator have written powerful motivational, philosophical and business cooperation works.

The management consultant also publishes books on management – both self and general.

10. Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is one of the most prominent figure in this new era.

The American author and public speaker have written some power-packed motivational books that have touched lives.

The alternative medicine advocate also publishes works on healing and spirituality.

Try out his Seven Spiritual Laws of Success!

9. Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is one of the best-selling authors of all time.

Notorious for his book – “The Alchemist,” and several others, the novelist has won awards for his works.

The lyricist published works are best suit for anyone who wants to succeed against all odds.

8. Tony Robbins

Tiny Robbins is one of the best personal development authors of all time.

His popular works includes: Unlimited Power, Awaken the Giant within and Unshakeable.

The author has transformed lives of people across the world through his public speeches and published works.

7. John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is another powerful motivational author who has produced great leaders.

The American author and pastor has written books that cuts across niches like leadership, success, growth and much more.

He also focuses on impacting wisdom to people who may one day become leaders.

6. Dr. Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer was an American author who published several motivational works.

The philosopher was one of the best-selling author in Personal Development.

His works on success, happiness and purpose of life was (and is still) among the best in the world.

5. Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is one of the most popular, best-selling authors in the world.

His super popular books: The four hour body, Tribe of Mentors, The Four hour work week and Tools for Titan, has transformed lives of millions in the world.

Try these out!

4. Robert B. Cialdini

Robert B. Cialdini is one of the best-selling authors in the world.

His published work – The Psychology of Persuasion, is one best physiological book the world has ever seen.

3. Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was one of the (really) best personal development authors of all time.

He has published several life-transforming works.

I have personally gotten a hold of one of his books – How to Win Friends & Influence People, and believe me, it was so great!

2. Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill is one of the best-selling personal development authors of all time.

He publishes motivational books on how to create Wealth of any capacity and dimensity.

If you don’t believe, give “Think & Grow Rich” a try!

1. Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is a legend when it comes to personal development publications.

His series – “Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series” is one of the most popular in the world.

Canfield is also one of the leading motivational speaker in the world; his books has touched the lives of millions across the world.


That was all on the top 20 best personal development authors of all time.

Which is your best personal development author?

Quick Recap

  1. Jack Canfield
  2. Napoleon Hill
  3. Dale Carnegie
  4. Robert B. Cialdini
  5. Tim Ferris
  6. Dr. Wayne Dyer
  7. John C. Maxwell
  8. Anthony Robbins
  9. Paulo Coelho
  10. Deepak Chopra
  11. Peter F. Drucker
  12. Martha Beck
  13. Stephen R. Covey
  14. Brian Tracy
  15. Les Brown
  16. Jim Rohn
  17. Gary Keller
  18. Gabrielle Bernstein
  19. Brendan Burchard
  20. Joel Osteen

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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