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 Diane Ladd

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Meridian

Diane Ladd is an American actress, author, and filmmaker. Over the years, Diane Ladd has contributed immensely to the success of several films and TV series. Perhaps, her greatest contribution to Hollywood is guiding and mentoring her daughter and Academy Award-winning actress Laura Dern. Both Ladd and Dern received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for the film Rambling Rose

 2 Deepak Chopra

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Famous As: Motivational Speaker, Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Delhi

Deepak Chopra is an Indian-American alternative-medicine advocate and author. After emigrating to the United States in 1970, Chopra went on to become an important figure in the New Age movement. Credited with co-founding the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Chopra is one of the wealthiest personalities in alternative medicine. He has also drawn criticisms, thanks to his tall and ridiculous claims.

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 3 Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo.
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Famous As: Organizing Expert
Birthdate: October 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo

Japanese organizing expert Marie Kondo gained fame with her bestselling books on organizing, such as The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which have been translated into languages such as Italian, Korean, French, and German. She also earned an Emmy nomination for her Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

 4 Omarosa Manigault

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Famous As: Writers
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States

 5 Brene Brown

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

 6 Dale Carnegie

Dale Breckenridge 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.
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 7 Jack Welch

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
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 8 Napoleon Hill

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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 9 Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins.
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: January 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Romford, England

Reality star and entrepreneur Gemma Collins soared to fame with reality shows such as The Only Way Is Essex, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Big Brother, and Dancing on Ice. She later launched her own reality franchise, Gemma Collins: Diva, and her own BBC podcast.

 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 Zig Ziglar

Hilary Hinton 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

 12 Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

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

 13 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.

 14 Christopher Lawford

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

 15 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

 16 James Dobson

James Dobson.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

 17 Jairek Robbins

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

 18 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

 19 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.

 20 Martin Seligman

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

 21 Amy Cuddy

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

 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 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

 24 Susan Cain

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

 25 Anita Moorjani

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

 26 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

 27 Brendon Burchard

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

 28 Sidney Harman

Sidney Harman
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: April 12, 2011

 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

 30 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.

 31 H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1941 AD
Birthplace: Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, United States

 32 Paul Rée

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.

 33 María de Agreda

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

 34 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

 35 Poul Henningsen

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

 36 Alan Lakein

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

 37 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

 38 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

 39 Liu An

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

 40 Lydia Benecke

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

 41 Friedrich von Hügel

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.

 42 Maria Mies

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

 43 Charles Knowlton

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

 44 Oswald Jacoby

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

 45 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

 46 Guillaume Durand

Guillaume Durand
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1230 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: November 1, 1296

 47 Adam Starchild

Adam Starchild
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minnesota, United States
Died: September 22, 2006

 48 Ang Swee Chai

Ang Swee Chai
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia

 49 John Merbecke

John Merbecke
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1510 AD
Birthplace: Beverley, England
Died: 1585 AD

 50 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy

Jean-Jacques Barthélemy
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 20, 1716
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cassis, France
Died: April 30, 1795
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