Who is Bob Proctor?

If you are a Law of Attraction fan, you are probably well aware of who he is, however, for everyone else who wants to know ‘Who is Bob Proctor?’, let me tell you! Bob is probably best known for being one of the key contributors to the book and film ‘The Secret’ but that is just a drop in the ocean compared to his overall impact on the world of manifesting and personal development.

To millions, he is the go-to man for learning the principles of success and turning their dreams into reality. I discovered Bob when I entered the world of network marketing and have recently joined him as an affiliate (which means if you purchase any of his programs through my link, I receive a commission but the cost to you remains the same).

The reason I love Bob is that he seems to have left his ego back in 1961! There is no trace of any agenda other than to share the life-transforming process that he has found and make a genuine difference in the world. As one of his contemporaries of the day, Zig Ziglar once said ‘If you can help enough people to get what they want, you can have everything you want’ – whether he knew it at the time or not, the act of helping people would bring him massive wealth.

Bob with Earl Nightingale and friends

Bob’s Early Years

Bob was born in Ontario in 1934 and lived an unremarkable life (having dropped out of high school) until, when aged 26, he came across the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. (If you haven’t come across it before, this book was commissioned by steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie, who tasked Hill with interviewing the wealthiest people in the world and documenting the habits and traits that were responsible for their success.)

This was, incredibly, the first book Bob had ever read! Additionally, Bob listened to a recording of the book by Earl Nightingale (a very well-known radio presenter, author and public speaker at the time) literally thousands of times. The man who gave him the book told him how to use it and said ‘if you do exactly as I tell you, you will end up a big winner’.

Rocket Man

Bob did indeed follow the instructions of his mentor to the letter! In one year he went from earning $4,000 (while $6,000 in debt!) to earning $175,000 and in the next year he took it to over $1m. What was he doing? Cleaning floors! Or rather he started a business cleaning floors that took off like a rocket. He was absolutely fascinated with why he had such massive success. Other people were cleaning floors but they were not doing what he was doing. It took him another 9 years to figure out what he was doing that had caused his epic success.

The Next Steps

Bob was so impressed with the teachings of Earl Nightingale that he moved to Chicago so that he could work  at Nightingale-Conant (initially free of charge) and be mentored by Earl.

After he had risen to the position of Vice President of Sales, he made the decision to launch his own seminar company – being so inspired by his own early success and what he had learned from Earl, he wanted to share it with the world. If he could find a way to improve the lives of others, that would be the most exciting thing he could imagine.

However, there was just one problem….he was terribly shy. The idea of standing up and talking to an audience was not something he thought he could do, that is until he was attending a seminar where Bill Gove was speaking. (Bill was apparently the Frank Sinatra of speaking in those days.) It was while listening to Bill speak that he had an epiphany.

Something that Earl Nightingale had said in one of his many personal growth recordings was ‘For some strange reason, in our minds, we minimize what we can do but maximize what others can do’. He thought he had understood this concept, but suddenly it hit him – he was going to learn to speak in public, to do it well, AND, he was going to get Bill Gove to teach him! This is indeed what went onto happen and they became firm friends until Bill died at the age of 90.

Bob’s Ethos

Bob’s ideal is to open our eyes to the nature of our minds – to be aware of the power each one of us has. He teaches how to understand yourself and use the Universal Laws to create everything and anything you want in your life. He has created many programs over the years and empowered thousands of people to live a life of true wealth rather than to just be rich financially. An essential part of the process is changing your paradigm – your way of thinking and acting according to your set of beliefs. If your paradigm doesn’t change, your results won’t change.

Proctor Gallagher Institute

After many years of delivering his message, Bob partnered with Sandy Gallagher, formerly a successful banking attorney who attended one of his 3-day seminars. The seminar opened her mind to the fact that she was not living her purpose! She promptly closed her law firm and joined forces with Bob and they now hold seminars together and also offer many online courses. Their shared vision is to teach as many people as possible how the mind REALLY works, how to expand and develop it and most importantly, how to create an extraordinary life for themselves and their families.

How YOU can learn from Bob

As you can imagine, there many options for you to join one of Bob’s courses, but the one I am going to share with you today is one of his most popular programs, Six Minutes to Success.

Can you imagine what could be possible for you if you had daily instruction from Bob Proctor himself? Time spent with one of the word’s best thinkers and achievers, on subjects such as health, relationships and money, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, could not help but have a massive impact on your success. The program includes:

  • Success start-up kit – 4 videos to help you get set off on the right foot with your own personal goals and ensure you get the most out of the program
  • Action planner – for inspired action to get you moving in the right direction
  • Daily featured video – Bob shares a mind provoking, growth enhancing idea to ensure you take massive action and get an understanding of your limitless nature
  • Audio MP3 – so you can take Bob with you on the go. (Also, Bob swears that repetition is the Mother of success so it would do no harm to have this running in the car or while to do other tasks.)
  • Transcripts of the audio – some people love to read and oftentimes reading AND listening can have a compound effect (I do this with books and audio books)

Find our more about Six Minutes to Success here.

Bob is married to Linda Proctor, they have three grown up children including Brian Proctor who is following in his father’s footsteps. At the age of 85, Bob has more energy and vibrancy than most men half his age and still loves traveling around the world conducting seminars with Sandy Gallagher.

Bob also has a number of successful books to his name including You Were Born Rich, The Success Puzzle, The Goal Achiever,  The Winners Image and many more. I just discovered a PDF of Bob’s book, You Were Born Rich, which he gave away recently in the comments of a YouTube (a recording of the Seminar of the same name during the 80s!). This is the link to the book (but bear in mind it may not always be there) and this is the link to the YouTube video.

Have you ever been on one of Bob’s Courses, bought an online course or read any of his books? If so, I would love to have your feedback in the comments.


10 thoughts on “Who is Bob Proctor?”

  1. Hi! I’m a fan of Bob Proctor and many other personal development and motivational speakers. I’ve only known Bob for his courses and speaking I never read his story behind how he got to where he is today. I’ve learned a lot about him just reading your post. Thank you for sharing. This was very inspiring.

    • Hello Tia,
      Many thanks for taking the time to comment. It’s great to hear from other fans of Bob. I’ve recently started watching a series of his on Youtube called ‘You were Born Rich’ which is from the 1980s! He was a bit louder but still the very same Bob.

  2. This is a great article about how Bob became a successful business man.I have never been Bobs Course because it is the first time to know him,but I will think about these courses.It is very interesting for me to learn something about business like this.

    • Hi Shengtao
      Many thanks for the lovely comments. We are so privileged nowadays that we can take online courses from someone with the experience and success that Bob has.
      Kind regards,

  3. Hi there Jean.

    I just started following Bob about 6 weeks ago, also when I got into network marketing.

    I was first introduced to a free Replay of his event Paradigm Shift and have since watched many of his recent youtube videos. I also just discovered his affiliate program last night.

    I have done several videos talking about things I learned from him. The main thing is to understand that your dreams are possible, and deciding to move toward them is something everyone can do. I am so grateful for his teaching. I now do the daily gratitude morning routine he discussed in his Q & A on April 6th. It really helps me have a good outlook on my day to start out with the positive like that.

    Thanks for posting this. Super useful.

    I’ve read some of You Were Born Rich which is accessible for free with the Paradigm Shift, but I need to continue with it.

    • Hi Bryce,

      Many thanks for this. I am delighted you have discovered Bob and that he is having such a positive impact on your life! I just found that free PDF last night and have updated my post to include the links (although they may not be there forever).

      Thanks again,



  4. Hi Jean
    Enjoyed the post. Heard a lot of motivational speakers over the years. Read alot of books too. However, I have not heard much about Bob Proctor. Following your article, I will be looking out for more from him. Thanks.

  5. Great post, I have been following Bob Proctor since the early 1980’s.

    Loved his ” You Were Born Rich” seminar/course

    • Funny you should say that, Andy, I just started watching that seminar from back in the 80s and found a link in the comments where you can get the PDF of the book free! I have updated the post to include it. He is indeed an absolute legend!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Best regards,



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