10 People to Follow on Facebook for Motivation
Motivation and inspiration are powerful currency on the Internet, and Facebook, with its 1.59bn monthly active users, remains its premier online source. Here are 10 notable people to follow on Facebook for motivational wisdom, covering a broad range of age groups and ranging from IT leaders to spiritual leaders, full-time speakers and authors to celebrities.
Motivation and inspiration are crucial, not just for entrepreneurs and leaders, but for us all. During the tough economic times of the past decade, both of the terms have become gold-star keywords in global Internet discourse. A simple Google search of both terms yields hundreds of millions of results. As of March 2016, there are over 1.59bn active Facebook users every month, which, points out Florida-based Zephoria Digital Marketing, is a 14 percent increase year over year. The Zephoria article also quotes a CNBC report that Facebook has more monthly active users than WhatsApp (500m), Twitter (284m) and Instagram (200m) combined. Little wonder, then, that inspiration and motivation have become, in the words of AdWeek, ‘the new currency for Facebook Likes’. There can be little doubt, then, that Facebook is the principal 21st century go-to source for motivational wisdom. What follows is a list of 10 People to Follow on Facebook for Motivation.
1. Bill Gates – 19.33m Facebook Followers:
Bill Gates is best known to the general public as the founder of Microsoft, but his colossal 17.7m-strong Facebook following has a more rounded picture of his work in philanthropy, energy, education, health and global development that he undertakes as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates’s Facebook page is a well attended inspiring and motivational well-spring of content about his primary humanitarian interests.
The following Tweet is a characteristic motivator, pointing out the need for change in the area of computer science in US education.
Outside of social media, one of the best compendiums of Gates’s invaluable and motivational insights are to be found in his book, ‘Business at the Speed of Thought’ (see above).Buy it here >
2. The Dalai Lama – 13.82m Facebook Followers
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has an enormous social media following, numbering some 13.82m people on Facebook alone.
The Tibetan spiritual leader, aged 80, posts several times per month on Facebook, with every post guaranteed to prompt reactions in the tens of thousands, and shares of 50,000-plus.
His life is guided by three major commitments—the promotion of basic human values, the fostering of inter-religious harmony, and the welfare of the Tibetan people.
His latest post typifies His Holiness’s message—a spiritual yearning for peace that is shot through with the grounded recognition that ultimately, the fate of the planet rests in the hands of action and not prayer alone.
For more of His Holiness’s inspiring thoughts and wisdom, check out the wonderful co-write, with the equally inspirational Archbishop Desmond Tutu, ‘The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World’ (see above).Buy it here >
3. Oprah Winfrey – 11.78m Facebook Followers
The legendary US broadcaster and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, throughout her long career in front of the camera, was always a standard-bearer for her quality of quiet, dignified strength in the face of adversity, and for showing audiences how many celebrities and leaders’ success stories were made from similar raw material.
On social media, Oprah’s power is undimmed, with a Facebook following of more than 11.4m people sending her many posts viral within a short time of publication.
Her Facebook tribute to the late great pop genius Prince in 2016, which replays mid-1990s archive footage of the singer showing Oprah around his Minneapolis recording studio.
The exclusive interview shows her inspirational and motivational appeal, and is another example of her ability to get to the stars that other media outlets simply couldn’t reach.
The book ‘What I Know For Sure’ (see above) is a great collection of her motivational and insightful ‘life lessons’ columns that she wrote for her magazine over 14 years.Buy it here >
4. Tony Robbins – 3.06m Facebook Followers
Tony Robbins is one of world’s most successful motivational speakers and self-help authors, so it is little surprise that he is a Facebook go-to for over 2.2m fans seeking help to overcome their fears and unleash their true potential.
The Tony Robbins Facebook page is a rich, often humorous and always powerful blend of insights as well as anecdotes and stories that help to bring perspective to life’s challenges.
The star of a major documentary, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Robbins is about unleashing the powerful within. But he inspires and motivates through his philanthropy and humanitarian work as well.
Here is a typical post highlighting a 100-year-old “beautiful soul”, 100-year-old Evelyn Heller, whom he saved from homelessness through a charitable donation. To his credit, Robbins does not directly promote this, but instead focuses on the pleasures of the “bountiful stories” the centenarian shared with him when he met her.
“I told her she’s been around for over 100 years, no wonder she’s got no money left!” Robbins quips.
Robbins’s website is a repository of some of the most effective educational motivational programmes, such as Ultimate Power (see above), and many more.
5. Rev Run – 2,27m Facebook Followers
Joseph Ward Simmons was one half of the groundbreaking hip hop ground Run-DMC, and the brother of veteran music executive Russell Simmons.
He is also, since 2005, a practising Pentecostal Minister, and one of his largest constituencies is on Facebook—a 2.2m flock who eagerly share his blend of music and philosophy… as well as clips from his hugely success reality TV shows, such as ‘Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers.’
The post below is a nod to Springtime and deals with the value that he places on fresh starts and healthy choices, and he asks his sizeable following to consider what choices they are making every day.
For more inspiring and motivational nuggets of thought, check out the book, ‘Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith from Run’s House to Yours’ (see above).Buy it here >
6. Deepak Chopra – 2.19m Facebook Followers
Deepak Chopra is a globally famous physician, author and public speaker, and his Facebook page has a huge following in excess of 2m.
Chopra combines principles from Hindu tradition and mainstream Western medicine, incorporating ideas about the mind-body relationship, teleology, and a belief in the primacy of consciousness over matter. He claims his practices can extend the human lifespan and treat chronic disease.
On Facebook, Chopra treats his following to a blend of Q&A, video talks and insights, as well as links to other thought leaders in the field of motivation and consciousness.
The following post has been viewed tens of thousand of times, with thousands of reactions and shares. It deals with the burning issue of how to manage stress and heal your life.
Deekpak Chopra has a host of great books, full of uplifting and motivational insight. Typical of his offering is the fantastic ‘You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters’ (see above).Buy it here >
7. Gary Vaynerchuk – 2.01m Facebook Followers
Until now, Gary Vaynerchuk’s influence could hardly be measured by the following on his Facebook page, but in the past year, his following here has quadrupled to more than 2m people.
One of Vaynerchuk’s calling cards is his willingness to share the lessons he has learnt from his many business ventures, across a plethora of multi-media, multi-platform formats.
Known by his followers as GaryVee after his Twitter handle, the video king’s Facebook page is a regularly updated one-stop shop into his entire business philosophy.
If you need motivation, GaryVee’s Facebook page has it by the truckload—he spurs aspiring entrepreneurs on, fuelled by the lessons he has learnt throughout his career, and his no-nonsense to-the-point style makes him accessible to the public at large.
Here’s a typical Vaynerchuk post, a brilliantly simple 30-second video, tagged with the teaser line, ‘The two things I most rely on’.
To supplement your social media dosages of Gary Vaynerchuk, the great ‘Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World’ (see above) is indispensable.
8. Brian Tracy – 1.79m Facebook Followers
Brian Tracy is a 73-year-old veteran of the training and development of individuals and organisations.
He is a motivational force of nature, a true rags-to-riches superstar, and his Facebook page is a blend of the deceptively simple wisdom and truisms that are his signature style, with advice on time management, productive habits, and many other aspects of business and general life.
But Tracy’s appeal extends far beyond the business community. And it’s easy to see why.
This Facebook post is characteristic Brian Tracy fare—an image-based warning for us all to be vigilant about the dangers of complacency.
Read more of Tracy’s amazingly accessible philosophies and insights to add a real shot of motivational pizazz to your daily comings and goings. One particularly good collection is ‘No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline’ (see above).Buy it here >
9. Jack Canfield – 1.06m Facebook Followers
Jack Canfield is another septuagenarian (72) motivational speaker whose appeal is not limited to business and entrepreneurs.
Sure, he wrote the amazingly influential The Success Principles with Janet Switcher, but he is also the co-author of the globally iconic Chicken Soup For The Soul series, which has an incredible 200-plus demographic-specific titles, and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages.
The Canfield Facebook post shown below is a characteristically brief, succinct but profoundly thought-provoking three-word design for life.
For the full range of Canfield’s motivational insights, the Chicken Soup series is hard to top, but as an alternative, why not check out the self-explanatory ‘Jack Canfield’s Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams’ (see above).Buy it here >
10. Tim Ferriss – 806,498 Facebook Followers
An authority on time-management and productivity, Ferriss is an influential speaker, author of the best-selling The 4-Hour Workweek (see above) producer of the brilliant The Tim Ferriss Experiment, and the mastermind of the endlessly fascinating Four Hour Blog.
Better known on Twitter, Ferriss’s half-million followers constituency on Facebook is steadily growing, and his page is a window into his rich archive of motivational and game-changing insights that feature across all of his platforms.
Here is a typical post, relating the inspirational tale of Hans Keeling, a former attorney who turned his back on a life in LA corporate law to surf the waves and start a surf-adventure company in Brazil.
For more of Ferriss’s insights and motivational wisdom, supplement your Facebook with some reading, and start with ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’.Buy it here >