Top 99 Personal Development Principles from the Greatest Gurus of All Time

by Stephen Mills on July 19, 2009

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I read my first personal-development book over 30 years ago.  Since that time I’ve read hundreds more.  I bet I’ve read 10,000 blog articles in the last few  years.  This article contains the top 99 principles from the greatest personal-development gurus in the world.  These are the ideas I felt worthy of being passed on to you.  These are the life-changing ideas you can’t live without.  This is a lifetime of collected guru wisdom distilled into a single blog article.  

Note from Stephen: I’ve had numerous people on twitter or SU tell me they don’t see the text next to the numbers. That was intentional. Think about it. 🙂

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Shamelle -EnhanceLife July 19, 2009 at 9:03 am

Several thousand books exist today on the self-help market, but only 20 percent of those books actually have value. Usually, I have seen the “same” thing said in different ways..

Definitely, good idea to put it all together. I am sure the list would have been tedious to put together. Thanks
.-= Shamelle -EnhanceLife´s last blog ..Less Busy, More Productive – Is It Possible? =-.


Oscar - freestyle mind July 19, 2009 at 9:06 am

Pareto principle is always winning 🙂
.-= Oscar – freestyle mind´s last blog ..How to Build a Successful Project =-.


ZuzannaM July 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Hello Stephen

No #1. Principal from your articles – “Finding Your True Self”

Thank you for the thought provoking article. Your work is educational and very powerful. It helps to improve self-esteem and empowers the positive thinking.

Thank you,
.-= ZuzannaM´s last blog ..LOVE IS THE WAY =-.


Bill Lowell July 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Hi, my name is Bill Lowell. I’m with a world-wide group of positive thinkers that write and follow blogs. We should connect on facebook:
Thank you and Have an Amazing Day!


Barb July 20, 2009 at 6:55 am

Stephen.. I love the note that the text is empty on purpose on your posting “Top 99 Personal Development Principles from the Greatest Gurus of All Time”. But you forget that most people are followers…. and expect to be given the answers instead of working through them as you are doing. Your sharing your learnings with those who are interested is a great feat. Trying to help us understand how you got to the same place you are can be hard to put into words and communicate. I do appreciate your postings because they remind me of the many forgotten things or things I’ve temporarily put aside—Thank you for sharing.



Chris Edgar | Purpose Power Coaching July 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Thanks for this. I have to admit, poking fun at the “1,537 Things YOU Can Do TODAY!” writing style (I did a post like this recently too) is a guilty pleasure for me and it’s nice to see someone else who seems to enjoy that too.


CAS July 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I thought it appropriate that the list was blank in my email. Whatever works for you works, regardless of all the self-help and professional advice out there.


Rick July 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Shamelle’s comment is very interesting. I iamgine we have all read numerous self-help, motivational, inspirational, personal development ….. books by a wide variety of authors. And, yes, I have seen the same thing said over and over again. Rhonda Byrne’s book and DVD “The Secret” goes so far as to claim the message has been active;y suppressed.

My point is this: 1) the fact that the same material keeps showing up in books by different authors, under different genres in different generations means one thing … the material represents tiem tested wisdom and truths and, 2) Perhaps it is time to stop reading it and acting on it!

I mean no disrespect to Shamelle, in fact, just the opposite. His comment triggered me to post a comment on my recent realization for myself. I thought it might have somme benefit to others by posting it.


ListsMania April 5, 2014 at 7:08 am

After scrolling down and looking at just numeric listing i thought i should ask once that where are the links because when ever i clik on any link it routes me to affiliate sales page


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