World's Top 30 Motivational Speakers for 2020

Guru #1

Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship, and finance. His seven privately held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million.

Cardone is a savvy private multifamily investor and holds a portfolio of over 8,000 apartment units throughout the U.S. worth reaching almost 2.0 billion dollars.

He’s a CEO of seven businesses and founder of 10X Movement hosting largest entrepreneur events in the world. As CEO of the #1 Sales Training Platform in the World, Cardone consults with Fortune 500 companies and customers such as Google, Northwestern Mutual, Morgan Stanley, and more.

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Guru #2

Tony Robbins

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The removal of Tony Robbins from this category last year was because of our decision to place him in the #1 spot for the Personal Development Gurus but his followers keep on voting for him in the leadership category. Although his focus is not officially leadership, his strategies and methods support and develop leadership across the board making us change our initial decision and provide him his well-deserved title as one of the best leadership speakers in the world. He has taken Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to new heights and created a number of models used by leadership and sales trainers across the world today, Tony Robins is truly a pioneer in the area of Training and leadership development, and a large number of leaders of industry have at least attended a Tony Robins seminar. He is well known international speaker famous for being the most dynamic, energetic and inspirational of all the leadership gurus.

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Guru #3

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins is a serial entrepreneur and one of the most booked motivational speakers in the world. She’s the CEO and co-founder of The Confidence Project, a media and digital learning company working with Fortune 500 brands.

Mel is the creator and star of the Audible Original series “Kick Ass With Mel Robbins,” a first of its kind life and business advice talk show.

In 2017, Mel broke self-publishing records with her international best-seller The 5 Second Rule. It was named the #1 audiobook in the world and the fifth most read book of the year on Amazon. It is translated into 31 languages.

Mel is a relatable, no-BS expert on change, human behavior, and mindset. Her social media platform reaches 20 million people a month and her TEDx Talk has been viewed by over 16 million people.

Mel is also the subject of #MelRobbinsLive, an award winning YouTube advice series documenting life on the road as a female CEO and public figure giving advice, speaking around the world, and raising three kids with her husband of 22 years.

Mel recently launched her science backed productivity daily planner, The 5 Second Journal. The first print run sold out worldwide within minutes.

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Guru #4

Jack Canfield

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A coaching guru known as Americas #1 Success Coach, Jack Canfield has been coaching entrepreneurs educators corporate leaders and people from all walks of life and of all ages cultures and backgrounds. A Harvard graduate with a Masters Degree in psychological education, Jack is a one of the earliest champions of peak performance who developed some specific methodologies. He has developed millions of people with his unique and modernized formulas for success and personal fulfillment and is a widely recognized leader in performance improvement strategies. Over the last 30 years, his compelling message empowering energy and personable coaching style has helped remarkably large number of individuals achieve their dreams. His bestselling book The Success Principles How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be has been hailed as the new self-improvement guide containing 64 of the most powerful principles of success. He is an insightful speaker with wit and experiences that enriched his delivery.

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Guru #5

Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored five New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership and Smart Money Smart Kids. And check out his new products: Financial Peace Junior and Junior’s Adventures Storytime Book Set! “The Dave Ramsey Show” is heard by more than 8.5 million listeners each week on more than 550 radio stations, “The Dave Ramsey Show” channel on iHeartRadio, and a 24-hour online streaming video channel. Ramsey Solutions offers a suite of products and services to help people get control of their finances and other aspects of their lives.

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Guru #6

Jim Lawless

Jim Lawless is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers. Over half a million people on five continents have been entertained and inspired by Jim’s presentations and many more by his bestselling book “Taming Tigers” (Random House).

Jim acts as an elite team coach at board level and serves as a non-executive board chairman. He has advised companies globally on creating cultural change and elite teams. He has designed and implemented successful change programmes in companies including Apple, Barclaycard, Atos, Axa, BT, Aramark, Skrill Group and Badminton England.

He insists on testing his principles on himself before advising others, using “Taming Tigers” to become Britain’s deepest freediver. He is the first Briton to dive below the magic 100m barrier on a single breath of air.

In response to an audience challenge, he proved “Taming Tigers” by becoming a jockey in 12 months. At the outset he was 3 stone (20kg) too heavy and could not ride.

These adventures – and the lessons he learned – bring him and his methodology immediate credibility with audiences on all continents.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, qualified as a solicitor and practiced commercial law in the City of London and in a major IT company before founding Taming Tigers Limited (formerly “Optimise”).

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in 2008 in recognition of his business writing.

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Guru #7

Nick Vujicic

Evangelist, international motivational speaker and New York Times best-selling author Nick Vujicic (pronounced “Vooycheech”) was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. Without any medical explanation or warning, Nick came into the world with neither arms nor legs. Throughout his childhood, Nick dealt not only with the typical challenges of school and adolescence, such as bullying and self-esteem issues, he also struggled with depression and loneliness as he questioned why he was different from all the other kids. He couldn’t get the haunting question of “Why was I the one born without arms and legs?” out of his head.

As Nick grew up, he learned to deal with his disability and gradually accomplished more on his own. A janitor at his high school inspired him to start speaking publicly about overcoming adversity, so Nick starting speaking to small groups of students when he was 17. After high school, Nick went onto tertiary education and obtained a double Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Accounting and Financial Planning, from Griffith University in Logan, Australia. By the age of 19, Nick started to fulfill his dream of encouraging other people by giving speeches revolving around his life story. He found the purpose to his existence, and also the purpose in his circumstance.

Nick eventually made the move from Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles, California, where he is the founder and president of an international nonprofit organization, Life Without Limbs, and owns the motivational speaking company, Attitude Is Altitude. He married the love of his life, Kanae, in 2012, welcoming their first son, Kiyoshi, in February 2013 and their second son Dejan, in September 2015.

Since his first motivational speaking engagement back when he was a teenager, Nick has traveled to over 57 countries, sharing his story with over 400 million of people. Nick is the author of Life Without Limits, Unstoppable (a New York Times best-seller), Limitless, Stand Strong and Love Without Limits. His books have been translated into over 30 different languages and have sold more than a million copies internationally.

Nick’s story continues to resonate worldwide, and he has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Oprah’s LifeClass,” “PBS Religion & Ethics News Weekly,” USA Today, NewsMax, “Life Today” and “The 700 Club,” and twice on “60 Minutes Australia.” Christianity Today magazine named him one of the “33 under 33” who are shaping the next chapter in American faith.

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Guru #8

Les Brown

As one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers, Les Brown is a dynamic personality and highly-sought-after resource in business and professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders from all sectors of society looking to expand opportunity. For three decades he has not only studied the science of achievement, he’s mastered it by interviewing hundreds of successful business leaders and collaborating with them in the boardroom translating theory into bottom-line results for his clients.

As a premier Keynote Speaker and leading authority on achievement for audiences as large as 80,000—Les Brown energizes people to meet the challenges of the world around them. He skillfully weaves his compelling life story into the fabric of our daily lives. The thread is forever strengthened, touting why you can’t afford to be complacent and to aim high, achieve and actively make an impact on the world.

Les Brown never tires of using his energies to transform the world, well-beyond the podium and public appearances, meshing traditional and social media to empower his audiences. Hundreds of thousands are watching him on YouTube and tens of thousands interact with him regularly on Facebook. He has a keen way of turning what he touches into gold. Over 20 years ago, he won a Chicago-area Emmy® for his unsurpassed fundraising pledge drive for the Public Broadcasting System. Followed by several bestselling books and hosting popular national talk shows on television and radio.

Les Brown is committed to motivating and training today’s generation to be achievers and leaders as he introduces new audiences every day to It’s Not Over Until You Win, Up Thoughts for Down Times and Fight For Your Dream. Les Brown’s audio series,“Choosing Your Future,” remains his all-time bestseller for its acclaimed impact worldwide.

In business as in real life there are always going to be ups and downs. However, where there is a will, there is always a way to achieve amazing results for your organization when Les Brown fills the room with his high-impact, customized message and standing ovation performance!

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Guru #9

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. Sinek is the author of three best selling books: – The global best seller, “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action”, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t”. And his latest book, just launched September 2016, is the New York Times best seller, “Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration”. Simon has four more books pending, including “Find Your Why: A Practical Guide to Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team”, coming out late 2017. A trained ethnographer, Sinek is fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.

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Guru #10

Laura Gassner Otting

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Laura Gassner Otting helps people get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results.

Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.

Laura’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to found and run (and eventually sell) an internationally successful executive search firm which partnered with the full gamut of mission driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. She is most recently the author Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life, which debuted at #2 on the Washington Post bestseller list, right behind Michelle Obama.

Through her own commitment to give back, Laura has helped build a local Montessori school, co-founded a women’s philanthropic initiative, advised a start-up national women’s PAC, grew a citizen-leadership development program, and completed three charity-inspired marathons—projects emblematic of her passions and values. She’s turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She’s an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like.

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Guru #11

Henrik Fexeus

Henrik Fexeus is an author, communications specialist and keynote speaker based in Stockholm. He has brought new practical meaning to the phrase “mind reading” and reveals skills in nonverbal communication, body language, and psychological influence. Henrik has studied communication techniques and mental skills like NLP, hypnosis, acting, magic and psychology, and is renowned for his understanding of influence in the media, advertising, and political propaganda. He has hosted several of his own TV-shows on Swedish television, among them Mind Storm (2007, 2009) and The Love Code(2014). He was also a jury member of Sweden’s Got Talent (2011) and is a frequent guest on the national morning news programmes on SVT and TV4, where he analyzes the body language of international world leaders as well as performs psychological experiments to illustrate the workings of the mind. He is the author of ten books on body language and communication among them The Art of Reading Minds (2008), How to Get Mental SuperPowers (2011), The Power Game (2013) ,Finesse (2016) and, together with Catharina Edlund, Reload (2019). His books have been translated into 35 languages and sold more than a million copies worldwide. Henrik has won six international and national awards for his books and performances as a “mind reader”, and is the host of the popular podcast By Myself (2018). In 2018, he trained police and custom officials in body language and analyzed the nonverbal communication of Swedish politicians in the 2018 governmental election, for Swedish news media.

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Guru #12

Robert Kiyosaki

Best known as the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad—the #1 personal finance book of all time—Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. He is an entrepreneur, educator, and investor who believes that each of us has the power to makes changes in our lives, take control of our financial future, and live the rich life we deserve.

With perspectives on money and investing that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned an international reputation for straight talk, irreverence, and courage and has become a passionate and outspoken advocate for financial education.

Robert’s most recent books—Why the Rich Are Getting Richer and More Important Than Money—were published in the spring of this year to mark the 20th Anniversary of the 1997 release of Rich Dad Poor Dad. That book and its messages, viewed around the world as a classic in the personal finance arena, have stood the test of time. Why the Rich Are Getting Richer, released two decades after the international blockbuster bestseller Rich Dad Poor Dad, is positioned as Rich Dad Graduate School. Robert has also co-authored two books with Donald Trump, prior to his successful bid for the White House and election as President of the United States.

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Guru #13

Robin Sharma

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Robin Sharma is consistently voted in the top 10 of the best leadership speakers and trainers. He is superlatively effective in creating lessons from stories. His NY Times bestselling book The Monk who Sold his Ferrari set a new standard in combining personal development with leadership and taking readers on a mythical journey. While ideas of Robin Sharma are not new, he surely is the best at using bite sized leadership strategies to effect better leadership in his audiences. His mantra is that everyone, regardless of title, must be a leader in the new economy. They should take up challenges of personal excellence and do what is required. As a speaker, he is dynamic and structured. Robin Sharma is well known in North America, India, and Europe.

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Guru #14

Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas is a loving father to his two children Jalin and Jada, and devout husband to wife DeDe of 24 years. A critically acclaimed author, world-renowned speaker, educator, pastor, and Audie Awards Finalist, ET as he is better known, has taken the world by storm with his creative style and high-energy messages. His words have already impacted millions of people in several hundred countries across the planet! His recent tours in Australia, London, and Africa have truly transformed him into a global phenomenon!

Drawing from his own personal experiences dealing with homelessness, not knowing his biological father, scholastic struggles, and various other obstacles, ET allows his life to be an “open book” from which radiates dynamic and inspiring messages that many people across all barriers relate to.

Not letting his scholastic struggles stop his growth, after 12 years, ET received his Bachelor’s degree and in 2005, a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University. Having already blazed a trail of community service initiatives such as his award nominated GED program, his critically acclaimed non-profit, Break the Cycle I Dare You, and a multitude of other educational and ministerial endeavors, Michigan State University is where he continued to pursue his passion to remedy the effects of adverse societal influences by developing the Advantage Program, an undergraduate retention program targeting high-risk college students. It is from
this platform that he initiated International Urban Education Consultants, a non-
profit committed to finding solutions to close the achievement gap in urban schools through goal framing and helping students to reform their perception of learning.

ET is currently a dissertation away from receiving his PhD in Education Administration. As a consultant of Michigan State University, ET is the epitome of hustle, drive, determination, and success and when coupled with a vision, millions of others have been able to unlock the secrets revealed in his award nominated autobiography, The Secret to Success, which has scaled the social media charts with over 50 million hits. Trailing closely behind his hit premiere release is his sophomore project, Greatness Is Upon You. Both titles can be found on the label of his publishing company, Eric Thomas and Associates Publications.

As CEO of his Consulting Firm, ETA LLC., Eric has led his team through the doors of dozens of Fortune 500 companies and other reputable organizations such as General Electric, Quicken Loans, AT&T, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance and UPS. He has also consulted for major Universities, sports teams, and affiliates such as the MLB, NBA, NFL, the University of Michigan, Duke, North Carolina, and dozens With Eric’s persistence of higher education, along with the knowledge of life’s pains, he truly is a living testament that “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

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Guru #15

Boris Cherniak

Boris Cherniak is a multiple award winning comedian hypnotist, hypnotherapist, motivational speaker, actor and author. He regularly appears on television showcasing incredible powers of hypnosis and power of positive thinking. Boris motivates and inspires. He appears in upwards of 300 live performances a year. Boris presents a comical point of view, while leaving a lasting impression and enlightening his audiences. His stage name, Incredible Boris, describes the sentiment of every performance literally – a positive attitude and constant state of mind. Boris delivers a powerful message of limitless possibilities.

Boris was born in Moscow, Russia on December 12, 1964. He came to Canada when he was 10 years old. As a child, he lived across the road from the Moscow Circus and was a regular fixture in the audience and backstage. He was mentored by world-famous clowns Yury Nikulin (Yury Nikulin’s Moscow Circus) and Oleg Popov.

As a teen, Boris read the new-age classic The Search For Bridey Murphy by Morey Bernstein, which is a true story about a hypnotist involved in a past life regression with a female subject – a lady is regressed past her birth, only to reveal names, locations and events of a past. The hypnotist records the session, follows up on the facts provided, and they happen to be true – the events, people and locations actually existed. Excited about a fascinating subject and a skeptic, Boris having the need to know more, devours every book available on the subject of hypnosis, hypnotism, hypnotists and hypnotherapy. Follow up books by the Amazing Randi provided incredible insights to the subject, giving possible explanations and solutions.

Boris started hypnotizing people at parties and get-togethers. Early on, friends provided ideas, which have evolved into dramatic and theatrical stage routines today. Boris’ creativity and desire to succeed drove him to learn more and perform as much as he could. Incredible amount of stage time and determination allowed development of a unique stage persona and wealth of unforgettable stage routines. He continued gathering all available information about hypnosis, psychology and any other related subjects he could absorb the information from. York University, University of Toronto and Seneca College provided training in the fields of psychology and computers. Even though the two fields do not appear to be related, computer and mind programming are very similar. They provide logical solutions to given instructions. Boris continues to learn and improve his knowledge. He is a certified hypnotist and hypnotherapist. His practice primarily encompasses the entertainment field and motivational team building events. Boris is a member of several hypnosis guilds and organisations. His motivational book of life experiences to inspire the reader will be published shortly.

Initially, Boris used his first name only, similiar to other one-name performers. Eventually, after agents, promoters and club owners kept adding different adjectives, it was changed to Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS, which described the sentiment of the show more precisely. “Incredible” was used the most.

In 2011, Boris entertained troops in Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Field as part of Operation HOT – Honoring Our Troops. When Operation HOT returned to Afghanistan and Kuwait in 2013, Boris was asked to join the team once again.This time, Operation HOT 2nd Deployment was able to reach the most remote Forward Operating Bases as well as performing a grandstand show in Kandahar, Afghanistan for the Joint Task Force troops. Boris was honored with commendations from the City of Houston and letters from the white house from President Obama for his efforts.

In 2014, Boris joined the elite team of inspiring TED speakers with “I can do anything” TED talk at TEDxYouth event.

The passion with which Boris takes the stage is engaging and contagious, while the impact of his presentation is unforgettable.

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Guru #16

T. Harv Eker

Using the principles he teaches, T. Harv Eker went from zero to millionaire in only two and a half years. Eker is president of Peak Potentials Training, one of the fastest growing success training companies in North America. With his unique brand of “street smarts with heart,” Eker’s humorous, “cut-to-the-chase” style keeps his audience spellbound. People come from all over the world to attend his sold-out seminars, where crowds often exceed 2,000 people for a weekend program. So far, Eker’s teachings have touched the lives of more than a quarter million people.

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Guru #17

David Bach

David Bach has helped millions of people around the world take action to live and finish rich. He is one of the most popular and prolific financial authors of our time with 9 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including two consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, Start Late, Finish Rich and The Automatic Millionaire as well as the national and international bestsellers Fight for Your Money, Go Green, Live Rich, The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner, Smart Women Finish Rich, Smart Couples Finish Rich, The Finish Rich Workbook and The Automatic Millionaire Workbook, Start Over Finish Rich and Debt Free For Life. Bach carries the unique distinction of having had four of his books appear simultaneously on the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and USA Today bestseller lists. In addition, four of Bach’s books were named to USA Today’s Best Sellers of the Year list for 2004. In all, his FinishRich Books have been published in more than 19 languages, with more than seven million copies in print worldwide.

He is a renowned motivational and financial speaker, Bach regularly presents seminars for and delivers keynote addresses to the world’s leading financial service firms, Fortune 500 companies, universities, and national conferences. He is the founder and Chairman of FinishRich Media, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way people learn about money. Prior to founding FinishRich Media, he was a senior vice president of Morgan Stanley and a partner of The Bach Group, which during his tenure (1993 to 2001) managed more than half a billion dollars for individual investors.

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Guru #18

Shiv Khera

Mr. SHIV KHERA based in USA,  is an Author, Educator, Business Consultant, successful Entrepreneur and a much sought-after speaker.

He inspires and encourages individuals to realize their true potential. He has taken his dynamic personal messages to opposite sides of the globe, from the U.S. to Singapore. His 30 years of research & understanding has put organizations on a path of growth and fulfillment.

Mr. Shiv Khera is the author of 15 books including the international bestseller “You Can Win”, which has sold over 3.8 million copies in 21 languages. His other books are creating new records. His Clients include Lufthansa, HP, Citigroup, HSBC, Canon, Nestle, Philips, Mercedes Benz, Johnson & Johnson, Metlife and many more.

Tens of thousands of people have benefitted from his dynamic workshops internationally in over 20 countries and millions have heard him as a Keynote Speaker. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows.

Mr. Khera is the brand ambassador of Round Table Foundation. He has been recognized and honored by Rotary International and The Lions International.

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“Winners don’t do different things, They do things differently”®

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Guru #19

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 70 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year. He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top selling author of over 70 books that have been translated into dozens of languages. He has written and produced more than 300 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 28 languages.

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Guru #20

Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk builds businesses. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way he became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M investment fund.

Gary also currently hosts The #AskGaryVee Show, a way of providing as much value as possible by taking questions about social media, entrepreneurship, startups, and family businesses and giving his answers based on a lifetime of building successful, multi-million dollar companies. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

Gary is also a prolific public speaker, delivering keynotes at events like Le Web, and SXSW, which you can watch on his YouTube channel.

He was named to both Fortune and Crain’s 40 under 40 lists in consecutive years, and has been profiled in the New York Times, Fortune, and Inc.

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Guru #21

Inky Johnson

September 9, 2006. It started as a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. If anything, the event was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute.

For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.

His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky.

Who is Inquoris “Inky” Johnson? He could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy. But if you look deeper, you’ll discover something else.

You’ll see a man who looks in the face of defeat and says, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?” You’ll see a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. And you’ll be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story.

Inky has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee. He devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth. He and his amazing wife Allison live in Atlanta, Georgia with their beautiful children, Jada and Inky Jr.

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“Motivation” is often nothing more than forcing people to do something they don’t really want to do. In contrast, inspiration affects people from within, giving them the ability to accomplish what would otherwise be impossible. Through his walk and his talk, Inky embodies and imparts a truly inspirational message.

Not that Inky’s injury turned him into an inspiration. It just showed the world the inspirational life he’s been living all along. Executives, sports teams, church members, and young people all benefit from the raw energy of his charismatic speaking. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or perseverance, Inky inspires his audiences to embrace the challenges of life.

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Guru #22

Ben Nemtin

Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? And a star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC News, and Oprah, who called Ben and his friends “truly inspiring.” An acclaimed speaker, Ben has keynoted business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from Amazon, FedEx, Harvard, Levi’s, Microsoft, Verizon, and more. In 2019 Ben was named in the World’s Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals by Global Gurus.

It all stems from a battle Ben had with depression over a decade ago. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety old RV and crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after seventeen years to surprising a girl with a much-needed bionic arm–Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to realize their true potential.

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Suze Orman

Suze Orman has been called “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today. A two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, #1 New York Times bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, Orman is undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance.

Orman has written seven consecutive New York Times bestsellers and has written, co-produced, and hosted six PBS specials based on her books. She is the host of the award-winning Suze Orman Show, which airs on CNBC and XM and Sirius radio, and a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine.

Orman was twice named one of the “Time 100,” Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people, and was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign. In 2009 she received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Orman, a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, directed the Suze Orman Financial Group from 1987 to 1997, served as Vice President–Investments for Prudential Bache Securities from 1983 to 1987, and was an account executive at Merrill Lynch from 1980 to 1983. Prior to that, she worked as a waitress at the Buttercup Bakery in Berkeley, California, from 1973 to 1980.

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Darren Hardy

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Darren Hardy is today’s preeminent Success Mentor having been a central leader in the personal growth and success industry now for more than 20 years. He has led three success television networks producing over 1,000 TV shows with most every known thought leader of our times. Over the past decade, Darren was the visionary force behind the rebirth of SUCCESS Magazine as its publisher and editor. These positions have given him unique and unprecedented access to interview, investigate and publish the stories of the most successful people on the planet, including the likes of Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Howard Schultz, Steve Wynn, Jack Welch and many more. He has uncovered the secrets to their success and now reveals them to us. Darren is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker, media contributor and the New York Times bestselling author of The Compound Effect and Living Your Best Year Ever and his The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster–Why Now is the Time to #JoinTheRide. To inquire about speaking engagements, media appearances, private mentoring or other inquiries you can reach Darren at www.DarrenHardy.com Join hundreds of thousands of top achievers receiving daily mentoring via email or text every morning from Darren. It’s 100% free. SUBSCRIBE here: http://www.DarrenDaily.com.

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Lisa Nichols

LISA NICHOLS is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, as well as media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform has reached and served nearly 30 million people. From a struggling single mom on public assistance to a millionaire entrepreneur, Lisa’s courage and determination has inspired fans worldwide and helped countless audiences break through, to discover their own untapped talents and infinite potential.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Motivating the Masses, Inc. – one of the country’s only publicly traded personal and business development training companies – Lisa has helped develop workshops and programs that have transformed the lives of men and women, and altered the trajectory of businesses throughout the country and across the world.

Lisa is also a best-selling author of six books, and her 7th book ABUNDANCE NOW, published by HarperCollins. In ABUNDANCE NOW, Lisa continues her journey with her fans, providing a clear and practical blueprint for personal success, drawn directly from the life experiences of its beloved author. ABUNDANCE NOW is the follow-up to Lisa’s New York Times bestseller, NO MATTER WHAT.

Lisa’s extraordinary story of transforming her own life from public assistance for her family to leading a multi-million dollar enterprise is the inspiration behind her bold mission to teach others that it is possible to do the same. Today, fans worldwide revere Lisa for her mastery of teaching people how to accomplishing unfathomable goals and tap their limitless potential.

A noted media personality who has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, the Steve Harvey Show, and Extra – just to name a few, is also celebrated for the impact she has on the lives of teens. Through Lisa’s non-profit foundation Motivating the Teen Spirit, she has touched the lives of 211,650 teens, prevented over 3,800 teen suicides, supported 2,500 dropouts in returning to school, and has helped thousands reunite with families.

Among the prestigious awards and honors bestowed upon Lisa for her extensive work are the Humanitarian Award from the country of South Africa, The Ambassador Award, and the LEGO Foundation‘s Heart of Learning Award. The City of Henderson, Nevada named November 20th as Motivating the Teen Spirit Day; and the City of Houston, Texas named May 9th as Lisa Nichols Day for her dedication to service, philanthropy and healing.

Lisa lives, plays and works in the greater San Diego, California area and on stages around the world, working alongside her world-class team committed to Motivating the Masses.

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Guru #26

Mark Scharenbroich

Mark is known as a top performer in the speaking industry for his authentic delivery, his talent for delivering unique stories and his comedic timing. His audiences remember his “Nice Bike” presentation for years after it is delivered.

Mark’s core messages have always been about connecting. Sometimes it was in schools to help teachers connect to their students, or in organizations and businesses to help team members feel truly connected to their core values and their customers.

Mark’s biggest “Aha!” moment came while traveling through Milwaukee, Wisconsin to a speaking engagement. It was there that he stumbled upon the Harley-Davidson 100th year anniversary celebration. He kept overhearing people as they passed bikers share two simple words, “Nice Bike”.

A connection was made. It gave Mark an unforgettable metaphor that inspired him to write his award-winning book, Nice Bike: Making Meaningful Connections on the Road of Life.

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Guru #27

Daymond John

A young entrepreneur, an industry pioneer, a highly regarded marketing expert, and a man who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just a few ways people have described Daymond John. Over the last 20 years, Daymond has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to one of the most sought after branding experts, business, and motivational speakers in the country.

Daymond’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the marketplace helped him create one of the most iconic fashion brands in recent years. FUBU, standing for “For Us By Us”, represented a lifestyle that was neglected by other clothing companies. Realizing this need in the marketplace, Daymond created the untapped urban apparel space and laid the groundwork for other companies to compete in this newly established market.

Daymond grew up in the community of Hollis, Queens, quickly becoming known as the birthplace of the new genre of music called Hip-Hop, with acts like RUN DMC and Salt-N-Peppa rapidly making names for themselves. Being surrounded in this influential neighborhood helped spur the inspiration for his clothing line that would ultimately change the fashion world.

His first foray into the apparel market came when he wanted a tie-top hat he had seen in a popular music video but could not find one for a good price. With the sewing skills he had learned from his mother, Daymond started making the hats for himself and his friends. Realizing he was on to something, Daymond made a sizeable order of the tie-top hats, sold them on the streets of Queens one day, and made $800 in just a few hours. There was a buzz about Daymond’s products that simply could not be ignored.

Based on that early success, Daymond recruited some of his neighborhood friends and FUBU was born. They created a distinctive logo and began sewing the FUBU logo on all sorts of apparel, including hockey jerseys, sweatshirts and t-shirts. The brand hit a tipping point when Daymond convinced Hollis native and Hip-Hop superstar, LL Cool J, to wear FUBU for a promotional campaign. This was the catalyst behind the entire Hip-Hop community supporting the new brand and instantly giving it credibility. In need of start-up capital to keep up with demand, Daymond and his mother mortgaged the home they collectively owned for $100,000. Soon, the home was turned into a makeshift factory and office space.

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Guru #28

Iyanla Vanzant

From welfare mother to New York Times best-selling author, from the Brooklyn projects to Emmy Award winner, from broken pieces to peace, Iyanla Vanzant is one of the country’s most celebrated writers and public speakers, and she’s among the most influential, socially engaged, and acclaimed spiritual life coaches of our time.

Dedicated to facilitating the growth and evolution of human consciousness, Iyanla’s body of work spans over three decades and includes 15 published books, six New York Times best-sellers (translated into 23 languages and with sales exceeding eight million copies), CDs, television, radio and stage performances.

A woman of passion, vision, and purpose, Iyanla embodies
a no-nonsense approach in her message and teaching style. Outspoken, fiery, transparent, truthful, and wise, she is living testament to the value in life’s valleys and the power of acts of faith. On stage, as she tours the country, Iyanla uses humor and straight talk to deliver her consistent message of love, forgiveness and living your best life.

Today, Iyanla is the host and executive producer of the award-winning breakout hit “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” the No. 1 reality show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. It is here that Iyanla goes behind closed doors and deep inside people’s lives to reveal emotionally riveting experiences where she applies spiritual principles to help people gain inner peace and healing by learning to “do the work.”

There is no better arena in which to experience Iyanla’s dynamic presence as teacher and spiritual guide than in one of her regular weekend retreats at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. As Founder of Inner Visions World Wide, Iyanla is actively engaged in personal development courses and on-going training programs for spiritual life coaches, and ordained ministers.

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Guru #29

Debra Searle

Debra Searle MVO, MBE, is a unique and inspiring individual.  She achieved a first class honours degree, has launched four companies, won Gold World Championship medals for GB, presented over 40 programmes for the BBC, had two books published, become the youngest ever trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and successfully rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  Her Majesty The Queen has recognised Debra on two occasions – in 2002 with an MBE and in 2014 with an MVO.  She has spoken at over 1000 events across 38 countries.

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Guru #30

Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of six books including his most recent Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller, Finish: Give yourself the gift of done.

For over 20 years he’s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches. Featured regularly on national media, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.

In addition, Jon is also a big proponent of social media with blogs that have been read by 4 million people and almost 300,000 twitter followers. In 2010 he used his influence with his tribe to build two kindergartens in Vietnam. Jon lives with his wife Jenny and two daughters in Franklin, TN.

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