Bob Proctor: 6 powerful lessons to improve your life


He was a coach, mentor, successful speaker and the author of the New York Times bestseller You were born rich.

As a young man, in the sixties, Bob had low self-confidence and little ambition. His prospects of success were clouded. Until one day when Napoleon Hill’s Think and grow rich fell into his lap. It was the first book he had ever read and it changed his life forever. He began applying the book’s teachings and soon enough, he was earning more money and was being successful.

In 1984, he wrote You were born rich. The book is a step-by-step guide to unlocking the limitless potential that lies within each and every one of us. Although Bob Proctor went on writing more books, this one is his masterpiece.

Bob Proctor was featured in The Secret (2006), a movie consisting of a series of interviews. The movie has attracted a lot of media attention worldwide and interest from public figures such as OprahEllen DeGeneres and Larry King.

He later co-founded The Proctor Gallagher Institute, a business coaching and consulting, providing professional training, speaking and coaching.

As a way of paying our respects to Bob Proctor, let’s revisit some of his essential insights and ideas that have positively influenced millions of lives worldwide.

1. We become what we think about

The mind is the most powerful resource we humans have. You may believe your mind’s main job is to work in our favour. Although this is mostly true, that’s not always the case because sometimes the mind works against us.

The athlete who’s been training hard all year can still be crippled by fear of failure before the competition. Their mind begins unravelling negative thoughts and the athlete’s confidence is crumbling. It takes the athlete a conscious effort to clear the mind from negative thoughts.

2. Don’t let the outside world control your inside world

The outside world has a great influence on our inner world, our thoughts and our emotions.

When we’re children, the biggest figures in our lives are our parents and grandparents. As teenagers, we long to belong to a certain circle of friends and we seek the approval of our peers. As grown-ups, we choose our friends, our life partners and set healthy boundaries with parents.

Depending on the emotional profile, this can prove challenging for some of us. If you don’t know how to limit how much the outside world can influence and control your inside world, you can reach out to professionals and learn how.

Free yourself from the influence of others, learn how to express your emotions in a healthy way.

As Gabor Maté writes in his bestseller When the body says no, repressing emotions over a long period of time turns into emotional stress which is directly linked to disease and illness.

Decide who you are and what you want to achieve and don’t let others change your mind.

3. Pay attention to what you want to do

What is it you want to do or achieve in life? Once you have figured out what you want to do, focus your attention on that.

Make a plan of how you are going to get there, write it down on a sheet of paper and decide on the resources you need to realize the plan.

You will find that people around you are quick to express their opinion about your goals. Some might root for you while others might try to mock you. Don’t listen to them! Keep your eyes on the prize and build your way to it.

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