Wayne Dyer was an American self-help author and motivational speaker. He inspired and motivated on such a large scale that he is often referred to as the “father of the modern self-help movement” or the “father of motivation.”
Dyer spent most of his childhood in orphanages and foster homes after his father turned his back on his family and left Dyer’s mother to raise three small children alone. These experiences gave Wayne the power to move ahead in life and become a self-made man.
Your Erroneous Zones, Dyer’s first book, is one of the best-selling books of all times. He was convinced to write it by a literary agent who thought that all of Dyer’s ideas and theories should be put together and shared with others.
Dyer continued to build his success with TV appearances, audio tapes, lecture tours, and PBS programs. He also wrote dozens of other books, many of them also best-sellers.
Here are 20 Wayne Dyer quotes that will change the way you look at life and others around you.
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.
Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.
You don’t need to be better than anyone else, you just need to be better than you used to be.
The more you see yourself as what you’d like to become, and act as if what you want is already there, the more you’ll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dream into your reality.
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.
I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not.
When you’re at peace with yourself and love yourself, it is virtually impossible to do things to yourself that are destructive.
Each experience in your life was absolutely necessary in order to have gotten you to the next place, and the next place, up to this very moment.
I am thankful to all those who said no. It’s because of them, I did it myself.
The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.
There’s no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of the state of your mind.
Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.
If we focus on what’s ugly, we attract more ugliness into our thoughts, and then into our emotions, and ultimately into our lives.
It’s easy to be a critic, but being a doer requires effort, risk, and change.
Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.