DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHOR?
Updated: Nov 2, 2019
The personal development, self- help industry is big business!
I was amazed to learn that including coaching, motivational speakers, public seminars, audiobooks and, self-improvement books this is a $10 billion dollar industry. It is reported that the sales of audiobooks are up 12% for a total of $769 million dollars per year. Self-improvement books are now in the range of $800 million business and growing about 6% per year. It is also reported that apps for smartphones are emerging for meditation, weight loss, fitness and therapist counseling. It is also reported that the 5000+ motivational speakers take in over $1 billion dollars per year with the elite 9 generating about $200 million dollars.
(From an article written by John La Rosa, president of Marketdata, LLC and the author of 100+ industry and market studies.)
Self -help or personal development can be quite a controversial subject with the question often being asked: “Do self -help books really work?” I maintain that only you can answer that question!
First, does the subject of the book resonate with you? Does the subject address the situation you have a desire to find a solution for?
Next, who is writing the book? What is the background, experience and, credentials of the author?
Given the scope of this industry and the hundreds of authors and the specialty of each one, I would like to introduce you to some that I have been impressed with over the years. They are Stephen Covey, John C. Maxwell, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Denis Waitley, and Zig Ziglar.
OUR FIRST AUTHOR IS STEPHEN COVEY.
According to Wikipedia, Stephen Richards Covey was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 24, 1932, and died July 16, 2012. He was an American author, educator, businessman and keynote speaker. He has degrees from the University of Utah, an MBA from Harvard University, and a PH.D. in Religious Education from Brigham Young University.
In 1996, Times Magazine named him as one of the 25 most influential people. He has also been awarded ten honorary doctorates. He also did a study of American self-help authors and books for his doctoral dissertation.
According to www,encyclopedia.com, “Covey chose for his dissertation the subject of the human side of success in America, as evidenced through “success literature” from 1776 forward. In his studies he found that during the nation's first 150 years, most literature focused on issues of character building --- the archetype being the autobiography of Ben Franklin.”
Also according to encyclopedia.com, “Covey’s SEVEN HABITS program, taught in his organizational behavior classes began to draw students of 600 t0 800 to 1,000. In 1985, to accommodate a larger and broader audience, he quit teaching and founded the Covey Leadership Center in Provo, Utah, putting up all his personal possessions as collateral including his cabin, his home, his trust, and all his savings. The investment proved sound for Covey and the seven other investors.”
Stephen Covey has been a very popular speaker before his foray in writing and publishing. My wife and I have enjoyed many presentations given by him and others.
Books written by Stephen Covey:
THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE
THE 8TH HABIT
THE LEADER IN ME
FIRST THINGS FIRST
LIVING THE 7 HABITS
Other books of a religious nature published locally by religious publishers have been:
SPIRITUAL ROOTS OF HUMAN RELATIONS
THE DIVINE CENTER
PRINCIPLE CENTERED LEADERSHIP
6 EVENTS, THE RESTORATION MODEL FOR SOLVING LIFE’S PROBLEMS
Stephen Covey married Sandra Merrill, they have nine children and fifty-two grandchildren.
In 1977 The Covey Leadership Center merged with Franklin Quest to form Franklin Covey, which became a global consulting service specializing in time management, leadership development, and productivity tools to individuals and corporations. The company mission statement reads: “We enable greatness in people and organizations everywhere.”
According to Wikipedia, his best-known book: THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE, has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide since its first publication in 1989. The audio version became the first non -fiction book in U.S. publishing history to sell more than one million copies.
Covey passed away from complications of an accident on a bicycle in July of 2012 at the age of 79. According to his daughter, Catherine Sagers, her father lost control of his bike and sustained head injuries, cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung.
In my own personal opinion, the world lost a brilliant and good man of many talents, a great husband, father, grandfather, scholar, management, and leadership author and educator.
I heartily recommend any of his books.
Information from: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=stephen.covey
OUR NEXT AUTHOR IS JOHN C. MAXWELL, another favorite of mine.
John was born on February 20, 1947 in Garden City, Michigan.
Much like Stephen Covey, John Maxwell was also a religious educator. He was an evangelical Christian and followed his father into the ministry. His education is as follows: Bachelor’s Degree from Circleville Bible College, Master of Divinity from Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife, Margaret. The couple was married in 1969, they have two children, John Porter Maxwell, and Sarah Elizabeth.
The early part of his career was spent as an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church serving as a pastor in Indiana, Ohio, California, and Florida. He has led congregations in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has also served as a guest pastor with Robert Schuller at the famous Chrystal Cathedral in Orange, California. Several of his messages were broadcast on the Hour of Power television.According to Wikipedia, Maxwell left the ministry in 1995 to devote his time to speaking and writing on leadership.
Also from Wikipedia, Maxwell is a leadership expert, speaker, and author. He is the founder of INJOY, Maximum Impact, The John Maxwell Team, ISS, and EQUIP. EQUIP is an international leadership development and organization development organization working to help leaders, involved with leaders from more than 80 nations. Its mission is “to see effective Christian leaders fulfill the Great Commission in every nation.
In May of 2014, Maxwell was named #1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc Magazine.
From Listopia, The Best of John Maxwell:
DEVELOPING THE LEADER WITHIN
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK (see previous post)
BECOMING A PERSON OF INFLUENCE: HOW TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE LIVES OF OTHERS
TODAY MATTERS: 12 DAILY PRACTICES TO GUARANTEE TOMORROW’S SUCCESS
THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP: FOLLOW THEM AND PEOPLE WILL FOLLOW YOU
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER: MAKING YOUR ATTITUDE YOUR GREATEST ASSET
PARTNERS IN PRAYER
SUCCESS: ONE DAY AT A TIME
THE 15 INVALUABLE LAWS OF GROWTH: LIVE THEM AND REACH YOUR POTENTIAL
In summary, John C. Maxwell has had a great positive influence on the lives of many people who have heard him speak or who have read his books.
I would also heartily recommend his books.
OUR NEXT AUTHOR IS TONY ROBBINS
According to Wikipedia, Tony was born Anthony J. Magavoric, February 29, 1960 in North Hollywood, California. He is the eldest of three children. When he was seven years old his parents divorced, his mother remarried several times including a marriage to Jim Robbins, a semi-pro baseball player who legally adopted Tony when he was twelve years old.
Tony was raised in Glendora, California, and attended Glendora high school where he was elected student body president his senior year. While growing up, Tony worked as a handyman to help supplement the family income. During high school, Tony grew ten inches, a growth spurt later attributed to a pituitary tumor. He said his home life was “chaotic” and “abusive”. When he was seventeen years old, he left home and never returned. He worked as a janitor and did not attend college.
Also at the age of seventeen he began his career promoting seminars for motivational speaker Jim Rohn. Under the tutelage of Jim Rohn, Tony has become an American author, philanthropist, and life coach.
In 2015 and 2016, Tony was listed on the Worth Magazine Power 100 list.
Tony has authored five books:
AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN
MONEY: MASTER THE GAME
UNSHAKEABLE: YOUR FINANCIAL FREEDOM PLAYBOOK
The last two were inspired by the financial crisis in 2014. MONEY: MASTER THE GAME reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list in 2014.
He donated the profits from this book along with a personal donation to the organization, FEEDING AMERICA, to provide for people in need.It is estimated that is contributions to this charity in 2014, 2016, and 2017 provided more than 300 million meals to children, families, and seniors through the FEEDING AMERICA network of food banks.
Robbins has also helped raise money for OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, a non-profit organization that fights child trafficking and slavery with the assistance of former CIA, Navy Seals, and Special Ops operatives.
Tony Robbins is a personal performance expert. He espouses viewpoints, techniques, and other practices to help people improve their lives in the areas of the power of decision making and also achieving “emotional mastery”.
Tony Robbins' books are also highly recommended.
Information from https://en.wikipedia.org
OUR NEXT AUTHOR IS BRIAN TRACY
According to Wikipedia, Brian was born on January 5, 1944 in Charlottesville, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
He is the CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company he founded in Canada but is now headquartered in Bankers Hill, San Diego, California.
Brian is the author of over 70 books that have been translated into dozens of languages.
Brian Tracy International sells counseling on leadership, selling, self-esteem, goals, strategy creativity, and success psychology.
In 1979, Brian married Barbara Tracy, they have four children.
Some of Brian Tracy’s newer titles since 2015 are:
FIND YOUR BALANCE POINT: CLARIFY YOUR PRIORITIES, SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE, AND ACHIEVE MORE
MASTER YOUR TIME, MASTER YOUR LIFE: THE BREAKTHROUGH SYSTEM TO GET MORE RESULTS, FASTER, IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE
JUST SHUT UP AND DO IT: 7 STEPS TO CONQUER YOUR GOALS
EAT THAT FROG!: 21 GREAT WAYS TO STOP PROCRASTINATING AND GET MORE DONE IN LESS TIME (Now in a 3rd edition, 2017)
MILLION DOLLAR HABITS: PROVEN POWER PRACTICES TO DOUBLE AND TRIPLE YOUR INCOME
BELIEVE IT TO ACHIEVE IT: OVERCOME YOUR DOUBTS, LET GO OF THE PAST, AND UNLOCK YOUR FULL POTENTIAL
WHY PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE YOU?: BUILDING CREDIBILITY FROM THE INSIDE OUT
WOW! A very prolific author with over 70 titles from 1988 to the present!
I’m looking forward to reading EAT THAT FROG!
Information from https://en.wikipedia. Org/w/index.php?titlebrian_tracy
OUR NEXT AUTHOR IS DENIS WAITLEY
Denis is one of my favorite authors in this field. I had the opportunity to meet Denis Waitley in person as I was hired to work in Salt Lake City, Utah as a personal development coach with his program: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WINNING.
According to Wikipedia, Denis was born in San Diego California in 1933. He has been an author, motivational speaker, and consultant.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the US Naval Academy and served his country as a naval aviator. He earned a Ph. D. from La Jolla College in 1970.
He has authored sixteen titles and has released more than ten best-selling audio programs.
From 1979 to 2004 his titles are:
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WINNING
SEEDS OF GREATNESS
NEW DYNAMICS OF WINNING:GAIN THE MINDSET OF A CHAMPION FOR UNLIMITED SUCCESS IN BUSINESS AND LIFE
THE DRAGON AND THE EAGLE
SAFARI TO THE SOUL
THE SEEDS OF GREATNESS TREASURY
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WINNING FOR WOMEN
BEING THE BEST
THE WINNERS EDGE: THE CRITICAL ATTITUDE OF SUCCESS
THE NEW DYNAMICS OF GOAL SETTING: FLEXTACTICS FOR A FAST CHANGING WORLD
PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS: DEVELOPING YOUR SELF ESTEEM
QUANTUM FITNESS: BREAKTHROUGH TO EXCELLENCE
EMPIRES OF THE MIND: LESSONS TO LEAD AND SUCCEED IN A KNOWLEDGE-BASED WORLD
Needless to say, I have been a fan of Denis Waitley for many years and love his books!
I also recommend them highly!
Information from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php.denis_waitley
FINALLY, OUR LAST AUTHOR IS ZIG ZIGLAR
I have heard Zig speak at many motivational seminars that I have attended, I have enjoyed his motivating messages. The idea and message I remember most is the message of “being willing to pay the price of success.”
This message resonated with me as a far-reaching message related to acquiring material wealth, losing weight, quitting smoking, physical fitness, and many other situations. I have often asked myself and others: “Are you willing to pay the price for success?’
Zig Ziglar was born the tenth of twelve children in Coffee County, Alabama. He was given the name of Hilary Hinton Ziglar. He was born on November 6, 1926 and died November 28, 2012.
He married Jean Ziglar in 1946 and they have four children.
Between 1943 and 1945, he participated in the Navy V-12 Navy College training program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina and claims the University of South Carolina as his alma mater.
In 1963, with two other partners he established American Salesmasters. This was an organization of speakers and trainers. They would book an auditorium in a city and contact local business people to sell tickets. Their audiences included insurance agents, car salesmen, financial advisors, small business owners, entrepreneurs and curiosity seekers. The objectives of the organization was to raise the image of salespeople through their presentions.
He was in demand as a public speaker and author. He wrote over 30 books. It is reported that his first book, SEE YOU AT THE TOP was rejected 39 times before it was published in 1975. It is still in print today!
His favorite motto was: “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.”
On November 28, 2012, he died of pneumonia at a hospital in Plano, Texas at age 86. He was laid to rest in Mckinney, Texas.
Zig was a great motivator, his books are classics! I also recommend them!
Information from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=zig_ziglar
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