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Tony Robbins
(American Motivational Speaker, Author and Businessman)
Tony Robbins
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Birthdate: February 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Hollywood, California, United States
Named one of Accenture’s Top 50 Business Intellectuals, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist Tony Robbins is best known for books such as Awaken the Giant Within. His workshop Unleash The Power Within features a fire-walking exercise. He owns the Anthony Robbins Foundation and co-owns the Robbins-Madanes Center for Intervention.
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Eckhart Tolle
(Spiritual Teacher and Self-Help Author Known for His Works ‘The Power of Now’ and ‘A New Earth’)
Eckhart Tolle
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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.
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Omarosa Manigault
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Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States
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Dale Carnegie
(Self-Help Writer, Motivational Guru, Public Speaker)
Dale Carnegie
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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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Jack Welch
(Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric)
Jack Welch
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Birthdate: November 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S
Died: March 1, 2020
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Peter Drucker
(Management Consultant)
Peter Drucker
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Birthdate: November 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: November 11, 2005
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Napoleon Hill
(Writer of personal-success literature)
Napoleon Hill
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Birthdate: October 26, 1883
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pound, Virginia
Died: November 8, 1970
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Zig Ziglar
(Writer)
Zig Ziglar
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Birthdate: November 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coffee County, Alabama, United States
Died: November 28, 2012
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Robin Sharma
(Writer, Public Speaker)
Robin Sharma
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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.

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Amelia Warren Tyagi
(Elizabeth Warren's Daughter)
Amelia Warren Tyagi
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Birthdate: September 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey
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Myles Munroe
(Writer)
Myles Munroe
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Birthdate: April 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Died: November 9, 2014
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Allen Carr
(Writer)
Allen Carr
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Birthdate: September 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 29, 2006
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Neville Lancelot Goddard
(Barbadian author who wrote on the Bible, mysticism, and self-help.)
Neville Lancelot Goddard
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Birthdate: February 19, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Michael, Barbados
Died: October 1, 1972
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Martin Seligman
(Psychologist)
Martin Seligman
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Birthdate: August 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
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Jairek Robbins
(Motivational speaker)
Jairek Robbins
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Birthdate: May 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA
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Kevin Trudeau
(Known for Promoting Alternative Medicine and Questionable Diet and Financial Remedies)
Kevin Trudeau
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Birthdate: February 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
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Vicki Iovine
(Model, Writer, Lawyer)
Vicki Iovine
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Birthdate: January 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Amy Cuddy
(Psychologist)
Amy Cuddy
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Birthdate: June 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Robesonia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Richard Carlson
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Birthdate: May 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 13, 2013
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Sean Stephenson
(Former Self-help writer)
Sean Stephenson
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Birthdate: May 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 28, 2019
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Anita Moorjani
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Birthdate: March 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Singapore
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W. Clement Stone
(Businessman & Self Help Book Author)
W. Clement Stone
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Birthdate: May 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: September 3, 2002
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Paul Fussell
(Historian)
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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.

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Susan Cain
(Writer)
Susan Cain
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Birthdate: March 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: United States
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Spencer Johnson
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Birthdate: November 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Watertown, South Dakota, United States
Died: July 3, 2017
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H. Jackson Brown Jr.
(Author who was best known for his inspirational book, Life's Little Instruction Book, which was a The New York Times Best Seller)
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
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Birthdate: March 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 30, 2021
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Columella
(Writer)
Columella
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Birthdate: 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.

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Brendon Burchard
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Birthdate: February 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montana, USA
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John Bradshaw
(Writer known for book Homecoming reached No. 1. During the 1980s and 1990s)
John Bradshaw
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Birthdate: June 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: May 8, 2016
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María de Agreda
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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.    

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Paul Rée
(Writer)
Paul Rée
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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.

Charles P. Kindleberger
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Birthdate: October 12, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: July 7, 2003
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Timothy Gallwey
(Author, Tennis player)
Timothy Gallwey
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Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
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Poul Henningsen
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Birthdate: September 9, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ordrup, Denmark
Died: January 31, 1967
Jacques Collin de Plancy
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Birthdate: January 28, 1793
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Plancy-l'Abbaye, France
Died: 1881 AD
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Eric Kaufmann
(Political scientist, Professor, Writer)
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Birthdate: May 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hong Kong
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Lydia Benecke
(Psychologist)
Lydia Benecke
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Birthdate: 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bytom, Poland
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Maria Mies
(Author)
Maria Mies
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Birthdate: 1931 AD
Birthplace: Steffeln, Rhine Province, Germany
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Alan Lakein
(Author)
Alan Lakein
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Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: United States
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Liu An
(Author)
Liu An
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Birthdate: 0179 AD
Birthplace: Peixian, China
Died: 0122 AD
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Friedrich von Hügel
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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.

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Albert F. Mummery
(Mountaineer)
Albert F. Mummery
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Birthdate: September 10, 1855
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dover, England
Died: August 24, 1895
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Moncure D. Conway
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Birthdate: March 17, 1832
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Falmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: November 15, 1907
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Oswald Jacoby
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Birthdate: December 8, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 27, 1984
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Adam Starchild
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Birthdate: September 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minnesota, United States
Died: September 22, 2006
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Charles Knowlton
(Physician)
Charles Knowlton
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Birthdate: May 10, 1800
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Templeton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 20, 1850
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Guillaume Durand
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Birthdate: 1230 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: November 1, 1296
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Ang Swee Chai
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Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Jean-Jacques Barthélemy
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Birthdate: January 20, 1716
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cassis, France
Died: April 30, 1795
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Dr. Karl
(Who is known as an author, and as a science commentator)
Dr. Karl
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Birthdate: March 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden