Top 13 Best Motivational Speakers In The World

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Here is a collection of some of the best motivational speakers in the world.

1) Eric Thomas

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Eric Thomas is first on the list of motivational speakers because he is someone who is really growing in popularity and someone who has inspired me personally. Eric had a rough childhood growing up in Detroit. He became homeless and dropped out of school at a young age. He eventually obtained his G.E.D. and found the love of his life who inspired him to go to college where it took him 12 years to get a 4-year degree. Eric Thomas emphasizes his rough childhood and broken past to continue to empower people to live up to their full potential. He has truly risen from the bottom and is now able to speak all over the world now.

Eric Thomas who recently received his Ph.D. started out speaking and counseling at Michigan State University where I attended school. I had the pleasure to be personally inspired by Eric Thomas by attending the youth program he started at M.S.U. called the Advantage program. It was every Tuesday and I attended the program faithfully, feeling the passionate and determined spirit he filled the room with. Though he no longer does the Advantage program anymore, he continues to inspire me every day.

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful. –Eric Thomas

Check Out: 8 Eric Thomas Inspirational Quotes To Keep You Motivated

2) Les Brown

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Les Brown was born in the low-income section of Miami, Florida in an abandoned building. He has faced many trials and tribulations throughout his life, being deemed educably mentally retarded while in grade school. He rose through those challenges to become one of the greatest motivational speakers to ever live. He has used his past obstacles and challenges to uplift others and continues to do so today.

He was not always set to become a motivational speaker, but he had one day heard someone give a speech. Les Brown thought this guy was absolutely boring, but the guy had said something that made Les think about his life. The guy had said “I know that I am boring, but I am able to do more than you and give this speech because I have rejected all the fears, insecurities, and doubts that you have accepted.” That’s when Les Brown began his journey in public speaking.

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown

3) Tony Robbins

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Anthony Robins grew up without much money, for his gather was a parking garage attendant and his mother re-married several times. Robbins had a rough childhood where he has to work as a handyman to provide for himself and his two younger siblings. He was once chased around the house with a knife by his mother and never returned home after.

He started out his career by promoting seminars for Jim Rohn, another great motivational and personal development speaker. Robbins said the Rohn taught him many valuable lessons about life and was a major influence in his life. He later became a self-help coach and grew in popularity.

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. –Tony Robbins

4) Jim Rohn

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Jim Rohn was a very influential entrepreneur and motivational speaker. He mentored some now known house-hold names like Tony Robbins and Mark Hughes, the founder of Herbalife International. He started out his career being a distributor for a couple direct selling companies, but was then noticed and mentored by the company’s founders. After this, Rohn grew one of the biggest organizations in the company. He was later asked to speak at a meeting at his Rotary club. He gave his first public speech at the Beverly Hills hotel and from that point on he continued to speak all over the country for forty years.

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. –Jim Rohm

5) Nick Vujicic

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Nick is widely known for being a motivational speaker and having the rare disorder, tetra-amelia syndrome, where he was born without any limbs. He has no arms or legs. As you can imagine, he struggled mentally, emotionally, and physically, but he was able to overcome his disability and started a non-profit organization at a young age, Life Without Limbs. In 2005, he was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year Award. After graduating from college, Nick became a motivational speaker. He has spoken to over 3 million people in over 60 countries.

This life is full of great experiences if we only give it a shot. –Nick Vujicic

6) Ray Lewis

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Ray Lewis has just retired from playing in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, where he played with them for 17 years. Lewis has been considered to one of the greatest linebackers of all-time. He won defensive player of the year two times and become the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl M.V.P. award of the winning Super Bowl Team.

He was not always on the right path though. Lewis had a rough childhood and was incarcerated at a young age for drug-related offense. Ray Lewis may not be most popular for being a motivational speaker, but the passion and fire that he brings to each speech he has done makes him one of the best motivational speaker in the world.

Every day of my life, I’m trying to find a different way to get better. –Ray Lewis

Check out: 9 Motivational Ray Lewis Quotes To Get You Pumped

7) Zig Ziglar

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Zig Ziglar served in the United States Navy at an early age, but then later worked as a salesman in multiple companies. He later become the vice president and training director for an Automotive Performance company.

Ziglar started out public speaking at seminars and wrote his first book See You At The Top. Ziglar loved inspiring others so much that he continuously traveled the world to give motivational speeches even after he took a fall down a flight of stairs, which left him with short-term memory loss.

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as who you become by achieving your goals. -Zig Ziglar

8) Wayne Dyer

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Wayne Dyer started out his career as a high school guidance counselor in Detroit and became a professor of counselor education at St. John’s University in New York City. He is not known to be one of the biggest self-help authors with his first book, Your Erroneous Zones, becoming one of the best-selling books of all time selling over 30 million copies.

This book was based on the positive thinking and motivational techniques that he taught at St. John’s. These techniques and teaching attracted all types of students and attention. Dyer later quit his job as a professor and teacher to pursue a career in public-speaking. He traveled the world and began building more success with a series of audiotapes and the launching of new books.

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the dance floor. It’s to enjoy every step along the way. –Wayne Dyer

9) Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has had success in not just one career field but multiple. He has applied his beliefs and life’s principles to every career he has pursued and in return, he has achieved more success than many can dream of. Schwarzenegger is a successful Austrian-American actor, model, producer, businessman, investor, director, former bodybuilder and politician. He began his career weight training at the age of 15 and he won the Mr. Universe at the age of 20. He then went to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times.

After he became a prominent presence in bodybuilding and grew in popularity, he went on to film to become a very successful actor, having many successful movie roles and box-office hits. After being a success in the theatres, he later pursued a career as a politician and became elected as the Governor of California. Schwarzenegger became a success because he believed in himself and he has instilled that same belief in people through his motivational speeches. He inspires people to be different and unique, and to live out their full potential.

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develops your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. –Arnold Schwarzenegger

10) Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield is an American author and motivational speaker who began his career as a high school teacher. He later began to work at the Clinton Job Corps Center and Jessie V. Stone Foundation. He co-authored many books and holds the Guinness world record for having seven books on the New York Times best-seller list at the same time. He was also the co-author of the world famous book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, which was the third best-selling book in the United States in the mid 1990’s. Canfield has done a lot with his life and inspired many along the way through his motivational speeches.

I believe that people make their own luck through preparation and good strategy. –Jack Canfield

11) Chris Gardner

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Many of us have heard of the moving and inspirational movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” staring the great Will Smith about a guy who rose from rags to riches. Well, that story was about Chris Gardner, a man who founded his own stockbrokerage firm to become a multi-millionaire. He rose to the top of a stockbrokerage firm while struggling with homelessness and having to take care of his toddler son. He is an author, stockbroker, entrepreneur, stockbroker, investor, and motivational speaker. Chris Gardner’s tenacity, determination, and perseverance allowed him to rise to become one of the best stockbrokers in his firm. He now goes around telling people his story and inspiring millions.

The world is your oyster. It is up to you to find its pearls. –Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness

12) Brian Tracy

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Brian Tracy is the chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company founded by Brain Tracy that works on the personal and professional development of individuals and organizations. Brian Tracy has traveled the world and spoken to elite corporate and public organization on the topics of success, creativity, leadership, selling, and self-esteem.

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. –Brian Tracy

13) Grant Cardone

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Grant Cardone is a widely ecstatic and controversial author and motivational speaker on many different subjects from success to direct sales. He first started out in sales in 1987 when he moved to Chicago to work with a direct-sales company. Cardone went to college for accounting, but chose not to follow the accounting route and chose to work in automobile sales. He eventually became the CEO of Freedom Motor Group Inc. He is wildly successful and continues to inspire people will is own personal online television network, Whatever It Takes Network.

You sleep like your rich…I’m up like I’m broke. –Grant Cardone

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I am an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the founder of DreamsAre4Real.com. As a graduate from Michigan State University, for the past 4 years I have dedicated my life to personal development, studying what it takes to become successful, understanding psychology, and how to stay motivated in order to achieve anything in life. I believe and most certainly have a passion for reaching my full potential, and I want to inspire others to do the same.

Discussion9 Comments

  1. Motivational article!

    These 13 top motivational speakers in the world have different life stories we can’t learn from. They remind us that we can beat negative things in our life and create success.

    We can inspire people if we have the positive way of thinking.

    Nick Vujicic is the only person I am familiar with. He has a very inspiring and motivating life story and he has this eagerness to inspire other people. I watched some of his videos on YouTube and on Facebook and made me shed tears. He touched lots of hearts and giving us hopes.

    • Hi Metz,

      I am glad that you liked the article and it was able to find its way into your life and motivate you. Most of these guys on this list had to overcome adversity and challenges to become well-known. These guys are well-known in the United States, but some are international. These guys inspire me as well.

  2. Hey Lawrence,
    This is a cool list and I am happy to stumble on it ;). I am a fan of Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn and Brian Bracy. For the rest of the speakers listed, I have never really listened to any of them.

    Nevertheless, I will listen to them and confirm if they merit being listed among the “best motivational speakers in the world”. Thanks for taking time to share this revealing list!

    This comment was left in kingged.com as well

    • Hi Sunday,

      I am glad you were able to stumble upon this article as well. I have listened to all of these speakers and they are all truly inspiring to me, especially the first one who was a speaker at my college. You should check him out. He has really become popular.

  3. Hey Lawrence,

    All of these speakers have amazing stories. What’s really inspiring is how many of them either came from broken homes or homelessness and still rose to the top.

    One thing I have to give credit to is Tony Robbins. When I was unemployed an acquaintance told me about a book called “The Giant Within” so I ended up going to the bookstore everyday just to read this book. This inspired me and the next thing I know I got the job of my dreams.

    Sometimes when we’re at our lows, we need that little push to keep our hopes up and progress. I know just about all of these men and they definitely have been an inspiration to all of us as well as to each other.

    Thanks for sharing Lawrence! Have a great weekend!

    I found your post on kingged.com under the category of motivational
    http://kingged.com/top-13-best-motivational-speakers-in-the-world/

    • Hi Sherman,

      I too think that it is amazing that these guys literally came from the bottom and against all odds made it to some type of success.

      Their stories give me motivation to go after my dreams and to live life on my own terms. I am also a fan of Tony Robbins and I recently read his newest book about money and how to master the game. It teaches about investing and gaining financial freedom. You should check it out when you get the chance to.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Awesome list Lawrence!

    I’ve been a fan of Tony Robbins longer than I can remember. I think his work was what got me going in starting my own business. Started before the net was even much of anything.

    Also, started listening to Jim Rohn more lately, thanks to @admin for reminding me about him. Jim is fun to listen to, least he is for me. Makes it more enjoyable.

    And who hasn’t heard of Zig Ziglar?

    Wayne Dyer is incredible as well. So sad he recently passed. He also did some great stuff with Deepak Chopra.

    Never thought of Arnold as a motivational person. Hmm…

    Guess I have some more to check out huh?

    • Everyone is a Tony Robbins fan and I recently listened to an interview about him by Tim Ferris and he is truly an amazing guy. He truly tries to live up to his full potential and not only preaches it.

      These are all great people and have reached success in their own way. They are truly inspiring to me.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Hi Ron Killian
    This is such nice content you share. A really motivated post and now much motivated to do what I want. I just come to your content through Kingged. I bookmark this blog and will also recommend to my friends and family and whom seeking for motivation.

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