Self-Help Writers

Know about the famous self-help writers, including Dale Carnegie, Deepak Chopra, Jack Welch, Robin Sharma and Zig Ziglar. This list of famous self-help writers includes people from United States, Japan, England, Canada and many more countries.
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 1 Katie Piper

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Andover, Hampshire, England

Model Katie Piper made headlines after being attacked with acid by her former boyfriend. She underwent a face restoration surgery to rebuild her damaged face. She then became an activist, released an autobiography, and created a documentary. She also owns a foundation to help burn victims and has hosted Bodyshockers.

 2 Brene Brown

Brene Brown
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: November 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

Apart from being a University of Houston research professor, Brene Brown has also been a successful author of New York Times bestsellers such as Braving the Wilderness, and a podcast host. She also has a lecture featured on Netflix, while her Ted Talk is one of the world’s top-five most-viewed. 

 3 Omarosa Manigault

Omarosa Manigault
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Famous As: Writers
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States
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 4 Dale Carnegie

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Famous As: Self-Help Writer, Motivational Guru, Public Speaker
Birthdate: November 24, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maryville, Missouri, United States
Died: November 1, 1955
Writer and academic Dale Carnegie is best remembered for his work on courses in areas such as corporate training, self-improvement, and salesmanship. He started his career as a salesperson. He wrote many books, including the international bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People, and was a successful lecturer, too.

 5 Jack Welch

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Famous As: Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric
Birthdate: November 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S
Died: March 1, 2020

 6 Peter Drucker

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Famous As: Management Consultant
Birthdate: November 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: November 11, 2005
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 7 Napoleon Hill

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Famous As: Writer of personal-success literature
Birthdate: October 26, 1883
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pound, Virginia
Died: November 8, 1970
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 8 Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coffee County, Alabama, United States
Died: November 28, 2012
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 9 Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
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Famous As: Writer, Clergyman
Birthdate: May 31, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bowersville, Ohio, United States
Died: December 24, 1993

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was an American author and minister best known for his efforts to popularize the concept of positive thinking. His book The Power of Positive Thinking is a great testimony to his efforts. Peale influenced several US presidents, including President Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. Artist and cartoonist Scott Adams has cited Peale as a major influence.

 10 Amelia Warren Tyagi

Amelia Warren Tyagi
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Famous As: Elizabeth Warren's Daughter
Birthdate: September 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey
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 11 Robin Sharma

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Famous As: Writer, Public Speaker
Birthdate: June 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port Hawkesbury

Canadian writer Robin Sharma is best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. A qualified lawyer, he is an alumnus of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. He has published several books on stress management and spirituality. He is the founder of the training company Sharma Leadership International.

 12 Christopher Lawford

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA
Died: September 4, 2018

Born to actor Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy Lawford, President John F. Kennedy's sister, Christopher Lawford grew up to be an actor and an activist. He was also a qualified lawyer. He related his struggle with addiction in his book Symptoms of Withdrawal and also taught psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

 13 Myles Munroe

Myles Munroe
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Died: November 9, 2014

 14 Allen Carr

Allen Carr
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 29, 2006
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 15 Martin Seligman

Martin Seligman
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: August 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States

 16 Jairek Robbins

Jairek Robbins
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: May 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

 17 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: August 24, 2004

Best known for her pathbreaking bestseller On Death and Dying, Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross also made pioneering research in areas such as near-death studies. Her five stages of grief, or the Kübler-Ross model, has been adopted by corporates to help employees deal with loss and change.

 18 Eckhart Tolle

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Famous As: Spiritual teacher and self-help author
Birthdate: February 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lünen, Germany
Spiritual and self-help writer Eckhart Tolle is best known for his bestselling books The Power of Now and A New Earth. He collaborated with Oprah Winfrey, appearing in 10 live webinars and was also named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. He also launched Eckhart Teachings and the website Eckhart Tolle TV.

 19 Neville Lancelot Goddard

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Famous As: Barbadian author who wrote on the Bible, mysticism, and self-help.
Birthdate: February 19, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Michael, Barbados
Died: October 1, 1972

 20 Amy Cuddy

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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: June 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Robesonia, Pennsylvania, USA

 21 Richard Carlson

Richard Carlson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 13, 2013

 22 Vicki Iovine

Vicki Iovine
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Famous As: Model, Writer, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 23 Sean Stephenson

Sean Stephenson
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Famous As: Former Self-help writer
Birthdate: May 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 28, 2019

 24 Anita Moorjani

Anita Moorjani
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Singapore

 25 W. Clement Stone

W. Clement Stone
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Famous As: Businessman & Self Help Book Author
Birthdate: May 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: September 3, 2002

 26 Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montana, USA

 27 John Bradshaw

John Bradshaw
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Famous As: Writer known for book Homecoming reached No. 1. During the 1980s and 1990s
Birthdate: June 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: May 8, 2016

 28 Susan Cain

Susan Cain
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: United States

 29 Paul Fussell

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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: March 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: May 23, 2012

Literary historian Paul Fussell had been part of the infantry in World War II. He had also taught at various institutes, such as Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania. Best known for his books such as The Great War and Modern Memory, he was a World War expert.

 30 Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Watertown, South Dakota, United States
Died: July 3, 2017

 31 Columella

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 31, 0004
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cádiz, Spain
Died: 0070 AD

Best known for his detailed works on agriculture and farming, his 12-volume treatise De re rustica and the smaller De arboribus, Columella was a Roman soldier who later focused on farming at his multiple estates in Italy. He had previously also been a legal official in Syria.

 32 H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Famous As: Author who was best known for his inspirational book, Life's Little Instruction Book, which was a The New York Times Best Seller
Birthdate: March 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 30, 2021

 33 Sidney Harman

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: April 12, 2011
Sidney Harman was an engineer and businessman who also served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce in 1977-1978. The Canadian-born American engineer was the publisher of Newsweek after purchasing the magazine for one dollar in 2010. He began the high-fidelity industry with the founding of Harman/Kardon, Inc. in 1952 and is known for the Quality of Working Life programs.

 34 María de Agreda

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 2, 1602
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Agreda, Spain
Died: May 24, 1665

Franciscan abbess and spiritual-writer María de Agreda was a noted mystic of her era. She served as the spiritual and at times political advisor to King Philip IV of Spain for over two decades and is best-known for the correspondence she had with the King besides reports of her bilocation. She penned 14 books, including the most notable Mystical City of God.    

 35 Charles P. Kindleberger

Charles P. Kindleberger
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 12, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: July 7, 2003

 36 Timothy Gallwey

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Famous As: Author, Tennis player
Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 37 Poul Henningsen

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 9, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ordrup, Denmark
Died: January 31, 1967

 38 Paul Rée

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 21, 1849
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bartelshagen, Germany
Died: October 28, 1901

German author and philosopher Paul Rée, whose writings influenced much of his friend Friedrich Nietzsche’s works, was born to affluent Jewish parents. While he initially studied philosophy and law, Rée later became a physician. He died while hiking on the Swiss Alps, though some feel he had committed suicide.

 39 Lydia Benecke

Lydia Benecke
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: October 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bytom, Poland

 40 Eric Kaufmann

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Famous As: Political scientist, Professor, Writer
Birthdate: May 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 41 Jacques Collin de Plancy

Jacques Collin de Plancy
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 28, 1793
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Plancy-l'Abbaye, France
Died: 1881 AD

 42 Alan Lakein

Alan Lakein
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: United States

 43 Maria Mies

Maria Mies
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1931 AD
Birthplace: Steffeln, Rhine Province, Germany

 44 Liu An

Liu An
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0179 AD
Birthplace: Peixian, China
Died: 0122 AD

 45 Friedrich von Hügel

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 5, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 27, 1925

Friedrich von Hügel, also known as Baron von Hügel, believed in Roman Catholicism but was tolerant of other views, too, making him a significant figure of Modernist Christian theology. He believed a middle path between religion and science could be reached. The Mystical Element of Religion remains his best-known work.

 46 Oswald Jacoby

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 8, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 27, 1984

 47 Albert F. Mummery

Albert F. Mummery
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: September 10, 1855
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dover, England
Died: August 24, 1895

 48 Ang Swee Chai

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia

 49 Moncure D. Conway

Moncure D. Conway
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 17, 1832
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Falmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: November 15, 1907

 50 Charles Knowlton

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 10, 1800
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Templeton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 20, 1850