Wayne Dyer

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Wayne W. Dyer (born May 10, 1940) is a popular American self-help advocate. He frequently appears on U.S. public television (PBS) during their pledge drives.

Wayne Dyer was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1940. Dyer's family was abandoned by his alcoholic father and he spent his early life living in foster homes and orphanages. In 1958, Dyer joined the Navy and served for four years. In 1962, Dyer left the Navy and studied at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he graduated with a Ed.D. in counseling in 1970. He later worked as an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York.

Wayne Dyer lives in Maui, Hawaii. He has eight children.

Dyer is one of the most widely known and respected people in the field of self-empowerment, affectionately called the "father of motivation" by some of his fans. He first attained popularity with his book Your Erroneous Zones.


  • Present-moment living, getting in touch with your "now," is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives. One thing is certain, you cannot live it until it does appear.
  • If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a fact, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system. (derived from William James)
  • There is no way to prosperity, prosperity is the way.
  • If you are living out of a sense of obligation you are slave.
  • I am realistic-I expect miracles.
  • The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about.
  • If we are to have magical bodies, we must have magical minds.
  • To sit in judgment of those things which you perceive to be wrong or imperfect is to be one more person who is part of judgment, evil or imperfection.
  • Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.
  • We are Divine enough to ask and we are important enough to receive.
  • When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out-because that's what's inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.
  • When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.

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