Wayne Walter Dyer was often known as the “Father of motivation”, was a philosopher, a writer, and also a motivational speaker. He was born in Detroit and started his career as a high school guidance counselor.
Dyer published many journals, developed private therapy practices, and his motivational speaking techniques were the one that shot him to stardom. His motivational seminars attracted many students and that was when he published his first book called “Your Erroneous Zones” in 1976. The book was considered one of the top-selling books of all time and has sold more than 35 million copies up to date. The book managed to stay on New York Times bestseller’s list for 64 weeks straight.
After his first book became successful, Dyer quit his teaching job and went on for lecture tours in the US. With strong commitment and determination, he pursued to make his appearances in bookstores and TV shows to promote his work. After the success of “Your Erroneous Zones”, Dyer continued to write many books in different titles.
Throughout Dyer’s lifetime, he has published as many as 30 personal development books. Some of the more popular ones include Wisdom of the Ages, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, The Sky’s the Limit, Manifest Your Destiny, Excuses Begone, and Wishes Fulfilled.
Wayne Dyer has appeared and has been featured in many TV shows including the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show, The Phil Donahue Show, The Merv Griffin Show, and The Today Show.
In 1987, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International and managed to be inducted into the International Speakers Hall of Fame.
Apart from all these, Dyer has also acted in a film named “The Shift” in 2009 that talked about discovering the purpose of life. The movie also featured other celebrities like Portia de Rossi and Michael DeLuise. Wayne Dyer died from heart attack in 2015 at the age of 75.