He was an American self-help author and motivational speaker.
His first book, Your Erroneous Zones, is one of the best-selling books of all time, with an estimated 35 million copies sold to date.
He spent much of his childhood (until age 10) in an orphanage on the east side of Detroit, after his father walked out on the family, leaving his mother to raise three small boys.
He's Wayne Dyer and here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.
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1. You can't give away what you don't have Dyer, a Detroit native, worked as a high school guidance counselor there and as a professor of counselor education at St. John's University in New York City.
2. Don't identify yourself with what you accomplish A literary agent persuaded Dyer to document his theories in his first book, called Your Erroneous Zones (1976).
3. As you think, so shall you be After Your Erroneous Zones dozens more books followed, many of them also best-sellers.
4. Be open-minded The success of these books eventually led to national television talk show appearances including The Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show, and The Phil Donahue Show.
5. Change the way you look at things The Pixar animated short film, Day & Night, is based on one of Wayne Dyer's lectures, and Dyer is the voice in the film.
6. No one likes being told what to do He proceeded to build on his success with lecture tours, a series of audiotapes, and regular publication of new books. His message resonated with many in the New Thought Movement and beyond.
7. There are no justified resentments He often recounted anecdotes from his family life and repeatedly used his own life experience as an example.
8. Stop finding excuses Dyer criticized societal focus on guilt, which he saw as an unhealthy immobilization in the present due to actions taken in the past.
9. Walk down another street Dyer was influenced by Abraham Maslow's concept of self-actualization and by the teachings of Swami Muktananda, whom he considered to be his master.
10. Don't die with your music still in you He also credited Saint Francis of Assisi, the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, and their teachings as being foundational influences in his work.
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