Who is the top motivational speaker on the planet today?
We have compiled our list of the top 10 motivators below. What order would you place them?
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Everyone needs a constant dose of Motivation & Inspiration. The top motivational speakers in the world are experts at doing much more than simply motivating us for a short period of time.
They strike a nerve deep in our soul, inspire us to take action & live the life we all deserve to live.
They have inspired millions to create happier more abundant lives, they talk the talk but most certainly walk the walk.
In no particular order:
Les Brown – Top Motivational speaker
Full Name: Leslie Calvin “Les” Brown
Born: February 17, 1945
Official Website: http://lesbrown.com
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/LesBrownMotivation
Estimated Yearly Earnings: $4,000,000
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Les brown is one of the most famous, renowned, and powerful motivation speakers on the planet today.
His speeches are used in many motivational videos on you tube, and some, including “you can live your dreams” have become a worldwide phenomenon & he has a passionate loyal following.
Why is Les Brown so great? In one of his (now famous) speeches, Les describes how He was declared “educable mentally retarded” while in grade school. Despite this Les Motivated himself to reach his full potential, this is a key point he references in many motivational speeches he now gives, of course he got past this hurdle and went to to become regarded as one of the greatest motivational speakers in the world. A real life story of someone who has acheived so much when it did not seem possible for him to do so.
Les Brown Quotes:
“Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.”
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”
“”If you’re working on you dream, sure they’re gonna be times when you’re gonna want to give up, sure there will be times when life will knock you down and catch you on the blind side, but the challenge is to hold on. And if you hold on tenaciously, I say the universe is on your side. If you don’t decide to act on your dream, if you don’t decide to make a decision to live your life, if you don’t decide to step into your fears, if you don’t decide to say yes to your life, it will never work for you. You’ve got to live what’s in life, life is too short and unpredictable.
But what do we say? ”But there will always be tomorrow.” Oh, no. There’s no guarantees that you’re gonna show up tomorrow. Always something there, the reason you can’t move on, the reason why you can’t grow to the next level, why you can’t being to manifest your greatness, why you can’t begin to live life on your terms, that you’re gonna say “it’s not worth it.” Yes, that’s going to be right there for you, it’s going to be in your face, telling you to go back. So if you want to do something, if you’ve thought about something you want to do, take it head-on. Life will never be the same. Live your dream.””
Eric Thomas – Top Motivational speaker
Full Name: Eric Thomas
Born: September 11, 1965
Official Website: http://etinspires.com/
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/etthehiphoppreacher
About Eric Thomas: Why is Eric Thomas so great? His passion. ET has passion eeking out of his veins. You can see it and feel it in every speech he gives. He lives for this. He is intense, inspirational & loved by millions.
Eric Thomas, also known as the Hip-Hop preacher, owes a big part of his success to YouTube promotion and his style is tied to passion. His rags to riches story is one of struggle and dedication. He dislikes formal attire and dresses casually so as to establish a closer connection with his audience.
“Listen to me, even when you lose, it’s OK to lose, but you can never get comfortable with it. You can never be satisfied with losing. When you lose, it’s got to hurt.”
“Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you.”
“I’m here to tell you, Number one, That most of you say you want to be successful, But you don’t want it bad, You just kinda want it. You don’t want it as much as you want to be cool. As much as you want to sleep!
You don’t want it badder than you wanna party. Most of you don’t want success, as much as you want to sleep!”
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Anthony (Tony) Robbins – Top Motivational speaker
Full Name: Anthony (Tony) Robbins (born Anthony J. Mahavorick)
Born: February 29, 1960
Official Website: http://www.tonyrobbins.com/
Official YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/TonyRobbinsLive
Estimated Yearly Earnings: $9,000,000
Although Tony hates being tagged as a “motivator” because he offers much more than that, he is still regarded by millions as one of the greatest motivational speakers of all time. True leaders lead by example and this is precisely what Tony Robbins, the Success Coach, does! He is a renowned motivational speaker who managed to help people make a meaningful change in over 100 countries in the world. Success didn’t go to his head and being that he grew up in poverty, now that he is extremely successful, he is giving back to the community. His goal in 2015 is to feed 50 million Americans from his own charity.
“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.”
“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”
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Jack Canfield – Top Motivational speaker
Full Name: Jack Canfield
Born: August 19, 1944
Official Website: http://jackcanfield.com/
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/jackcanfield
Estimated Yearly Earnings: Unknown
Jack Canfield is attributed by the flattering title of “America’s #1 Success Coach” and has been pronounced “publishing phenomena of the decade” by Time magazine. He specializes in helping corporate leaders, mangers, sales teams, educators and people of similar vocations to find the necessary drive within them and achieve their dream.
“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.”
“One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Ganhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes.”
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Iyanla Vanzant – Top Motivational speaker
Full Name: Iyanla Vanzant (originally Rhonda Eva Harris)
Born: September 13, 1953
Official Website: http://iyanlavanzant.com/
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/IyanlaVanzant
Estimated Yearly Earnings: Unknown
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Iyanla Vanzant is, on top of being a motivational speaker, also a lawyer, spiritual leader and a TV personality. She is currently the host of a TV show: Iyanla, Fix My Life, and she is also an author of an extensive book series. Iyanla has appeared several times with Oprah Winfrey, both on the Oprah show, and Oprah’s new TV Channel.
“Plan your hours to be productive…Plan your weeks to be educational…Plan your years to be purposeful. Plan your life to be an experience of growth. Plan to change. Plan to grow.”
“You know why the road curves as you’re driving along? It curves because if God showed us the distance from where we are to where we’re going, we’d think it was too far.”
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Zig Ziglar – Top Motivational speaker
Full Name: Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar
Born: November 6, 1926 – November 28, 2012
Official Website: http://www.ziglar.com/
Official YouTube Channel: http://www.ziglar.com/ziglar-personal-development-products
Estimated Yearly Earnings: $2,5 – $5,000,000
Although Mr Ziglar is not with us anymore, his legacy carries on without him.
At its core, his motivational speeches are there to help people on their self development journey and achieve greatness.
Mr Ziglar was a proud republican and through his motivational speeches, he also uses Christian motifs and beliefs.
“Hope is the power that gives a person the confidence to step out and try.”
“You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness. ”
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Stephen Covey – Top Motivational speaker
Full Name: Stephen Richards Covey
Born: October 24, 1932
Official Website: https://www.stephencovey.com/
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3I7IhRHrdGzaKcYovAJ9ag
Estimated Yearly Earnings: Unknown
Here is another motivational speaker, whom we lost fairly recently. Mr Covey died from a complication in a cycling accident in 2012 but left us with a great legacy. His most famous work “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” is still with us and helping millions of people succeed worldwide.
“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
“Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her.”
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Robert Kiyosaki – Top Motivational speaker
Full Name: Robert Toru Kiyosaki
Born: April 8, 1947
Official Website: http://www.richdad.com
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealKiyosaki
Estimated Yearly Earnings: Unknown
Mr Kiyosaki sold over 26 million book copies from his Rich Dad brand, he is also a radio personality and a financial commentator. His goal is to make everyone financially competent through education. He is also involved in helping parents teach their children financial education at a young age.
“If you are the kind of person who is waiting for the ‘right’ thing to happen, you might wait for a long time. It’s like waiting for all the traffic lights to be green for five miles before starting the trip.”
“Most businesses think that product is the most important thing, but without great leadership, mission and a team that deliver results at a high level, even the best product won’t make a company successful.”
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Wayne Dyer – Top Motivational speaker
Full Name: Wayne Walter Dyer
Born: May 10, 1940
Official Website: http://www.drwaynedyer.com/
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6o5io3EzjDEjGYMvokrHcA
Estimated Yearly Earnings: Unknown
Mr Dyer is a motivational speaker and a hugely successful author. His book Erroneous Zones has sold more than 36 million copies around the world. At its core, his motivational philosophy revolves around the process of self-actualization. Furthermore, Mr Dyer tends to focus on helping people get rid of their guilt trips, which he refers to as an unhealthy immobilization in the present due to mistakes made in the past, which can cripple the personal development of any person. Self-reliance is also one of the key factors in his lectures.
“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”
“Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.”
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Suze Orman – Top Motivational speaker
Full Name: Susan Lynn “Suze” Orman
Born: June 5, 1951
Official Website: http://www.suzeorman.com/
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/suzeormanshow
Estimated Yearly Earnings: Over $700,000
Suzan is a financial advisor, social workers and TV show host as well as a motivational speaker. Her life story is one of dedication, strength and determination and she has the success to show for it. You can find out about how she managed to get where she is today through her books. She was awarded with the Gracie Award for The Suze Orman Show and her great skill in running the show.
“True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.”
“When you lose something in your life, stop thinking it’s a loss for you… it is a gift you have been given so you can get on the right path to where you are meant to go, not to where you think you should have gone.”
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The styles and goals of motivational speakers are various but the fact is that businesses, organizations and individuals can benefit greatly from their help. In some cases, bludgeoned by our daily lives, we forget who we are and what we are capable of. Sometimes we need someone to remind us of that and to set us back on the right track. As you can see, most motivational speakers struggled through life and this allows them the moral high ground when speaking about how you can improve and overcome life’s obstacles. This develops trust and gives weight to their words. Still, as we all know, motivation comes from within and we need to open ourselves to the possibility of success. I hope you enjoyed our little presentation and we wish you the best of luck on your road to success.
Where is Bishop T.D. Jakes on the list?.
Very fair comment. Will keep him in consideration for a future article
Never regret for what you are or for what situation you are in. All that you are now , is a result of a long complex chain of thoughts, experiences, decisions, actions and convictions of several people. So, don’t blame yourself for that which did not take place in you, don’t blame yourself for the failures you underwent or the success that alluded you even after your enormous efforts. Shed of your fears, discouragements, regrets, self blame or blaming others and begin a new life with a new vision of your life with new thoughts, new experiences, new actions, new feelings, new events, new situations and new people where in you can change yourself, change your situations, change your experiences, change the people and change the world itself for betterment !
Jim Rohm and Robert Schuler should be considered.
Lisa Nichols…..i was hoping would make the list…..she deserves it,right?
For sure. She is great, maybe we should do a separate article on her?
How could you forget Robin Sharma. I don’t think this list is complete without him.
Robin Sharma is great, we have a recent article on him. We would think he is more of an author than a “motivational speaker” Thoughts?
Great blog! thanks for the motivational info fearlessmotivation. I’m sure you could add some more names to the list. I’m from India and I feel you could at leat add India’s leading motivational speaker Naseer Khan. He’s nothing less then Les Brown.
Great compilation of the list.
One suggestion is to consider and add the Young Blood also to the list. One such speaker is Vikas Jain.
Statements like “You can’t do it, It’s not possible” are curses of today’s time to make you forget your super abilities. Realize your potential and setup a Meeting with Powerful You – Vikas Jain
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Hello, I absolutely enjoyed reading the list. I am pursuing a career in Motivational Speaking and the information was very, very helpful. I look forward to reading more.
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i am from india. so indians should also be considered.sandeep maheshwari from india ,is a very good inspirational speaker.he not speaks from mind but also has many personal experiences.he is a very good person too.he not even buy money for his seminars.so i think that he should also be considered.
Wow this is probably the best list of motivational speakers that I have seen on the web so far. Thanks you for posting this great articles. Thanks for sharing and definitely waiting for more!
Mr. Vikas jain is also a good Author, Keynote & Motivational Speaker. (www.vikasjain.org)
Sandeep Maheshwari from India must be considered in the list. You should do a bit study on him and surely he deserves to be in the list. He usually speaks in Hindi in his seminars but his “Last Life Changing Seminar” is available on YouTube in English !!!
Thanks for a nice share you have given to us with such a large collection of information. Great work you have done by sharing them to all. Simply superb.
Mr. Vikas jain is also a good Author, Keynote & Motivational Speaker. (http://vikasjain.org)
Eric Thomas is my mentor and everyday life coach.He keps me motivated and make me to believe in myself.
yeah he is the best
Many thanks for sharing this very useful list of posts on Best Motivational Speakers.
Thanks to adding Robbins my favorite.
Have a more blessed day.
Excellent article, thank you! I can recall one particular event I attended a few years ago, but which is still like yesterday. Many speakers share their own experiences and story. This experience I’ll never forget and so it will be a personal favorite that I would like to add to the list – it was when I attended a speaking event by Lorne Sulcas, better known as The Big Cat Guy. I thought he was totally unique and different. His message was not of people to people. But a message far bigger than us. With his keynotes, he shares the million-year old success lessons from Nature that opened the audience’s eyes … very wide. He started a research project, to study the area’s lion, leopard and cheetah populations. What he describes is every day’s immense beauty. But behind Nature’s awesomeness, is a constant struggle for survival in the face of massive change and competition – for every species, even at the top of the food chain.
If you have the story, the lesson is always there. It makes it so easy to refer back to and ask: “What do I need to do now?” And instantly you’d be able to recall. And this is what big organisations do to get their people to act and grow. And they do so with enthusiasm. Because it’s the story that they’ve engaged and has become a part of them. I guess this is what true motivation does.
In my mind, he will be forever remembered.
Priya Kumar has become a Favourite among many people for touching the minds and hearts of people by her transparency, openness to share anything she knows and experiences in a simple lucid way.
What people regardless of who they are and what they are, want today is a guide and path maker who can show the people to break their chains of sorrow, suffering, confusion, fear, worthlessness, misery, ignorance, purposelessness of life , insecurity of life, through the light of sharing that is both practical, reasonable. assuring and rewarding. Gathering one’s resources even if they are just a bunch of rags and then moving forward with a hope and humility in front of others to strive to become better opens you the gates of success. Never be shy in being humble or never be arrogant of anything you own or you are! This is the key for success for
every problem we face in life.
Thank you for sharing a list of the top motivational speaker on the planet. Sriram Athri is the best motivational speaker in Mumbai.
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Great list so far,but i think it will be more Great if Prince Ea’s name was among them….
Men! That guy is on fire his inspirational words got the young to level up