The Top Six in Self Help

Dakota Barber · Sep 22 2016

The typical scene on our desks here at Nested Naturals is this: An open laptop, a bottle of water, a couple snacks and whatever self-help book we’re working through that week. Self help books get a bad rap and often appear as the punchline of a joke in the movies- but the truth is there is so much to learn from them, and incredibly wise people behind the ideas inside them. We’ve rounded six self help gurus and their best quotes on success, mindfulness and happiness.

Eckhart Tolle:


“Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.”

Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose.


Richard Carlson:

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“One of the most dynamic and significant changes you can make in your life is to make the commitment to drop all negative references to your past, to begin living now.”

Richard Carlson was an American author, psychotherapist, and motivational speaker, who rose to fame with the success of his book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s all Small Stuff.

Barbara Sher:


“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.”

Barbara Sher is a speaker, career/lifestyle coach, and best-selling author of seven books on goal achievement.

Tony Robbins:


“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.”

Tony Robbins is an American businessman, author, and philanthropist. He became well known from his infomercials and self-help books: Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within and Awaken the Giant Within.

Susan Jeffers:


“When we give from a place of love, rather than from of a place of expectation, more usually comes back to us than we could have ever imagined.”

Susan Jeffers was an American psychologist and author of self-help literature like Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.

David Burns:


“Practically everybody knows what it’s like to feel anxious, worried, nervous, afraid, uptight, or panicky. Often, anxiety is just a nuisance, but sometimes it can cripple you and prevent you from doing what you really want with your life. But I have some great news for you: You can change the way you feel.”

David Burns is an adjunct professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the author of the best-selling book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.

Which quote was your favourite? Do you have any to add? Let us know in the comments!