October 4


Personal Development: a Whirlwind Tour of Self-Help Gurus!

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Have you ever wondered where all those quotes on positivity, affirmations, and “thinking your way to success” came from? Well, hop on! Let’s time-travel through the ages and meet some incredible thinkers who shaped “self-help” today.

The Early Wizards
Phineas Quimby from New Hampshire believed that our minds could heal us. His ideas were foundational to the “New Thought” movement. Meanwhile, Ralph Waldo Emerson from Massachusetts wrote about the beauty of being ourselves and how nature was super cool. They kickstarted the idea that our thoughts had power!

The Founders of Movements
Now, here, there’s Mary Baker Eddy. She took the idea of healing through spiritual teachings and founded “Christian Science.” Not to be left out, Charles Fillmore and his wife Myrtle from Minnesota co-founded “Unity,” bringing a modern twist to Christianity. These folks were not just thinkers; they started entire movements!

The Wealthy Wisdom Whisperers
Andrew Carnegie was a rich guy from Scotland who moved to New York. Besides building things and making a lot of money, he believed in sharing and even helped build libraries. He was like the early version of today’s billionaires who give advice!

The Thought Titans
Then came a series of thinkers who believed in the power of the mind. Wallace D. Wattles from Illinois told us how to get rich using our minds. William Walker Atkinson from Chicago emphasized positive thinking, and James Allen from England believed our thoughts shaped our lives.

The Universal Law Luminaries
Charles F. Haanel from Missouri and Florence Scovel Shinn from New Jersey discussed universal laws and positive thinking. They believed there were laws in the universe, just like gravity, but for our thoughts!

The Best-Seller Brigade

Napoleon Hill gave us “Think and Grow Rich,” making everyone wonder if they could think of a pile of gold.

Dale Carnegie told us how to make friends (without Facebook!) and win people over.

Then there’s Norman Vincent Peale, who was all about optimism and thinking positively.

The Modern Maestros
Fast-forward to recent times, and we meet Louise Hay from LA. She believed in positive affirmations and self-love so much that she started a company to spread happiness. Wayne Dyer added to our bookshelves with his self-help magic, focusing on discovering our true selves and growing spiritually.

The Mindset Mentors
Earl Nightingale, LA’s “Dean of Personal Development,” emphasized the right mindset for success. W. Clement Stone combined a positive attitude with success principles and even teamed up with Napoleon Hill!

The Mystical Mentors
Neville Goddard from Barbados made us wonder if our imaginations were super powerful. Meanwhile, Ernest Holmes talked about the science behind positive thinking. These guys took “dream big” to a whole new level!

Self-Help Superstars

Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Louise Hay, and Charles F. Haanel are four superstars from the list of excellent self-help gurus! Why are they so special?

Napoleon Hill wrote a book called “Think and Grow Rich.” It’s super famous and is all about how to be successful. He chatted with many successful people, discovered their secrets, and then let everyone in on those secrets. People often say his ideas are the base for all success tips!

Dale Carnegie helped us be sociable in his book How to Win Friends and Influence People. While it’s not about magic, it’s close! Dale gave tips on how to be likable and understand others. It’s like having a handbook for making friends and leading groups.

Louise Hay had a big, loving heart. She wrote You Can Heal Your Life, which teaches us to think good thoughts and love who we are. She believed that positive vibes could change our lives. And guess what? She started a company that made many more books about being happy and healthy!

Charles F. Haanel is the brain behind the book The Master Key System.

The Master Key System isn’t about doors but keys for unlocking our best selves! Charles wrote about universal laws and how positive thinking could change everything.

Together, these gurus showed us how to find success, create friendships, love ourselves, and use the power of our minds. That’s some fantastic wisdom!

Wrapping up our Time Travel
So, from the early thinkers in cozy New England homes to modern gurus in bustling cities, the self-help world has been full of colorful characters with BIG ideas. They made us believe in the power of our thoughts, dreams, and the universe. Who knows, YOU could be the next big self-help superstar!

Remember: Think big, dream bigger, and always believe in yourself!

(Note: Our journey was a fun ride, but remember, it’s always cool to dive deeper into the stories of these fantastic folks if any of them piqued your interest!)

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Read more articles by Carolyn Huff

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I love life and its adventures. I'm thrilled to live and play here. Recently, I left General Electric to start a new journey. My goal is to serve and help others achieve their dreams. I'm excited to be part of the MKMMA community and connect with you, sharing this fantastic program.

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