Everyone wants to be better in some way, but most people have no idea where to start. Fortunately, there are plenty of personal development influencers out there, all of whom have valuable tips and advice to help people improve their lives.
The top personal development influencers cover topics such as minimalism, creating habits and routines, and finding happiness. Meet some of the top influencers in the personal development arena.
Tim Ferriss literally wrote the book on the four-hour workweek, and has since followed it up with four other books on similar topics. His 1.57 million Twitter followers pay attention to his advice on eliminating distractions to improve productivity and get things done.
Lori Deschene is the founder of the blog Tiny Buddha, which covers topics such as relationships, finding wisdom, and developing healthy habits. The blog’s Twitter account has more than half a million followers.
Maria Popova (Brain Pickings)
Maria Popova is the founder of the blog Brain Pickings, which covers topics such as philosophy and culture. Her posts have ranged from discussions of stoicism as an antidote to anxiety to discussions of poetry and humanism. She has more than 880,000 followers on Twitter.
Brene Brown is a researcher and author with more than half a million Twitter followers. Her areas of research and study include empathy, courage, shame, and vulnerability. She’s written several best-selling books, including her most recent, “Dare to Lead.”
Robin Sharma is described as “one of the top leadership experts in the world.” He’s written multiple books on living your best life, and has been a top-selling author in more than 90 countries. He’s got more than half a million followers on Twitter.
Leo Babuta is the creator of the blog zen habits, which originally focused on minimalism, but has since expanded to cover a wider range of personal development topics, such as finding meaning in work. He has nearly 200,000 Twitter followers, and a newsletter with more than two million subscribers.
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists, two friends who got tired of their indebted, rat race life and decided to give it up for something simpler. They’ve got 144,000 Twitter followers, have published multiple books on the subject of minimalism and have created a documentary for Netflix on the subject.
Joshua Becker, the blogger behind Becoming Minimalist, was inspired to try minimalism after spending a day trying to clear out his garage when all his son wanted was to play with him. Today, he has more than one million subscribers and regularly posts about the value and benefits of living a simple, less cluttered life.
Joel Brown started the blog Addicted2Success in 2011. His goal was to help others find motivation and success in their lives. The blog now has more than half a million followers on Twitter. Brown also has a personal blog and website, where he advertises his services as a digital leadership expert.
Michael Hyatt is an author, entrepreneur, and leadership expert. He got his start in publishing, and has since moved on to offering advice on living a better life. Hyatt has nearly 300,000 Twitter followers.
Marc and Angel Chernoff
Marc and Angel Chernoff run the blog Marc and Angel Hack Life, and have written a few books on happiness. Their goal is to help people move beyond the type of thinking that limits their lives. They have around 57,000 Twitter followers.
Marie Forleo aims to help people live their best lives and love themselves. She hosts her own show (MarieTV), has written a book (“How to Make Every Man Want You”), and offers leadership and business courses. She has around 200,000 Twitter followers.
Mark Manson takes a slightly different approach to personal development than other influencers. His book, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,” discusses the importance of not caring. He has 131,000 followers on Twitter.
Penelope Trunk explores the intersection of work and life on her blog and Twitter account, where she has 121,000 followers. In addition to her work as a blogger, she’s also founded four start-ups, and homeschools her children.
Gretchen Rubin is a “NY Times” best-selling author who’s written books on happiness and habits. She also developed the Four Tendencies, a framework to help people understand how their approach to life affects their behavior. She has 141,000 Twitter followers.
Jack Canfield has dedicated his life to helping people find fulfillment. He co-wrote the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books, and has gone on to found the Canfield Training Group, which aims to help people maximize their potential. He has 1.22 million Twitter followers.
The focus of Chris Guillebeau’s work and blog is on doing things in an unconventional manner. He writes about travel hacking, finding side hustles to break out of the nine-to-five grind, and how to live life. He has 145,000 Twitter followers.
James Clear is a personal development influencer who focuses on helping people improve their habits. He’s written a book on the subject, “Atomic Habits,” which covers how to break bad habits and start good ones. He has 130,000 Twitter followers.
Courtney Carver started living a minimalist, simple life after an MS diagnosis. She started the blog Be More With Less to chronicle her minimalism journey, and to help others live more simply. One of her notable projects is Project 33, a capsule wardrobe concept. She has 27,000 Twitter followers.
Luminita D. Saviuc
Luminita D. Saviuc is the blogger behind the Purpose Fairy, which is all about helping people find purpose. One of her blog posts, 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy, became one of the most virally shared posts ever, getting more than one million shares on Facebook.
Henrik Edberg is a Swedish blogger who runs the Positivity Blog. The goal of the blog is to provide people with tips and advice to help them live happier lives. It has more than 80,000 email subscribers.
Tyler Tervooren is the person behind the blog Riskology, which is all about tapping into your personality to find success. He’s also done a TED talk, and has created an email newsletter with thousands of subscribers.