Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, “Father of Motivation” and Author, Dies at Age 75

Best-selling author, motivational speaker, and self-development pioneer Dr. Wayne W. Dyer died Saturday, August 29.

Affectionately known as the “father of motivation,” Dyer preached the gospel of self-reliance, a gospel he learned during his childhood in Detroit.  Abandoned by his alcoholic father at age 3, Dyer was raised in a series of orphanages and foster homes.  When discussing his fractured childhood, Dyer observed that “it’s not a story of pity or blame; it’s precisely what had to take place in order for me to learn about self-reliance firsthand.”

After serving in the Navy, Dyer became a psychotherapist and professor.  He came to prominence in 1976 with the publication of his first book, Your Erroneous Zones, which remains one of the best-selling books of all time.

A regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dyer was also frequently featured during PBS pledge drives.

Titles by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in the TBP collection include:

Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao (2007) DB 65369 / DX 65369

Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace (2001) BR 14380 / DB 55026 BARD

Excuses Begone! How To Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits (2009) DB 69532

Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling (2006) DB 62202 BARD / DX 62202

Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your

Way (2004) DB 58050 BARD / DX 58050

Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life (1992) DB 36405 BARD

Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting (2012) DB 74595

You’ll See It When You Believe It (1989) DB 30718