With a strong passion for personal development, I’ve been able to launch a business within the industry that has graciously allowed me to pursue a luxury lifestyle with my family. However, I can’t take credit for all of my business success, because I do have a quite a few personal development speakers and authors I look up to. Below are just three of these influencers that have had a tremendous impact on my life.

Jim Rohn

Considered to be “America’s Foremost Business Philosopher,” Jim Rohn was a personal development legend for more than four decades. He is most known for authoring books such as “7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness” and “The Art of Exceptional Living,” which are both among my personal favorite books.

Jim Rohn has definitely had a positive impact on me, since his insights have reached me halfway across the world! With the ability to bring extraordinary insights to ordinary life, Jim focused on positive human behaviors that can affect personal and business performance, both of which I’ve used personally.

Jim’s insights are still kept alive with his website, JimRohn.com and his Twitter account, which you can follow him at @OfficialJimRohn.

My favorite quote: “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”


Napoleon Hill

Well known for his book “Think and Grow Rich,” this self-help book (which is also among one of my favorites) put Napoleon Hill on the map because it became one of the top 10 best selling self-help books of all time.

Napoleon’s philosophy stresses that anyone can succeed in any line of work, and can do anything they can imagine. It’s no wonder that this book became so popular, because at the time it was published, America’s Great Depression was in full swing and people were looking for a way out.

Napoleon’s teachings struck a chord with me because similar to America’s Great Depression, I was in somewhat of a depression of my own when I went through my period of financial hardship. But I persevered, pushed forward, and took Napoleon’s rags-to-riches thinking and made a luxury lifestyle of my own.

My favorite quote: “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”


James Redfield

In my late teen years, I was going through a difficult time in my life. That was, until, I read “The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield. This eye-opening novel was able to point me in the right direction of life and taught me to realign my mindset, get focused, improve my work ethic, and never give up.

As an author and therapist, James’ book left such an impression on me that he helped me change my life forever — I was able to become a millionaire by 34! You can read my other blog about James Redfield’s book here.

James Redfield can be found on Twitter at @James_Redfield. You can also learn more about his “Celestine Visions” with his website here.

My favorite quote: “We can become inspired to shape a higher, more ideal future, and when we do, miracles happen.”


Rachel Krider, a successful personal development life coach and entrepreneur, is the co-host of Born to Prosper’s Mind Power podcast. Along with her husband, Rachel travels the world in luxury to speak to aspiring entrepreneurs at conferences and workshops to inspire them to find their own pathways to success. Rachel Krider is part of The Prosperity of Life Network, a United States-based personal development business with a presence in 52+ countries.