Bob Proctor is a motivational speaker, trainer and best-selling author known for his input in elaborating the Law of Attraction in the hit movie, The Secret!
He is considered America’s greatest prosperity teacher.
A Short Bio
Coming from a background where only those with good formal education were expected to turn out rich, Proctor didn’t have a chance of ever prospering.
He dropped out of school at ninth grade guaranteeing him nothing but poverty for the rest of his life.
His story changed when he read and followed the instruction of a little book and in a few years, his business began raking in millions of dollars.
Basing his life on his teaching, “The law of prosperity is generosity If you want more, give more,”
Proctor invests his life on training people to achieve their goals no matter what they are. Out of his love for it, he continues to grow wealthy and happy saying he has not had to work another day in his life.
At 24, Proctor worked for his father at a variety store where he earned $1 an hour, a job he felt was great. To fill in the remaining hours of the day, he made and sold flower boxes, painted houses and cleaned floors.
Realizing money as his major stumbling block, he worked harder expecting satisfaction and enough money to get by.
In 1961, Proctor was given by his friend a book named Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
He said it contained a simple formula anyone could use to achieve success and become wealthy. The friend saw Proctor’s potential to have wealth and asked him to read it until he either found the answer or found out that his friend was lying.
He read it, loved the message and began thinking hard about it. Following one of the instructions in the book, Proctor made a goal card where he stated he would have $25,000 by the New Year of 1970.
Carrying on with multiple jobs, Proctor found no satisfaction in the variety. He evaluated the income he was getting from the jobs and realized that cleaning floors brought him more money; $30 a month for cleaning an office twice.
He quit the other jobs and focused on cleaning offices. He got a few more clients thinking that having many customers would increase his income.
An awakening came when out of fatigue Proctor collapsed in the streets. When he came to, he remembered specific words from Think and Grow Rich
“Riches come in response to definite demand based on definite principles, not by chance or luck.”
It became clear; his hard work wasn’t the answer he was seeking.
Proctor stopped cleaning the offices and began subcontracting the work to cleaning companies. He kept revisiting the book and listening to a condensed audio of the book by Earl Nightingale, trying to understand and apply its lessons.
In less than five years, Proctor’s cleaning company had spread wings to 6 different cities; Toronto and Montreal in Canada, Boston, Cleveland and Atlanta in America and London, U.K.
He had offices in the three countries making it easy for him to manage the companies he had awarded the jobs.
Though he couldn’t explain how he had arrived at such massive success, he stuck to the simple instructions,
“See yourself living in abundance and you will attract it. It always works; it works every time with every person”.
Not About Cleaning
At first, Proctor wasn’t keen to study his financial growth; he was comfortable as it was with no creditors breathing down his neck.
When he reviewed his accounts, he learned that he had grown from making $4000 a year to $175,000 the following year. He had beaten the plan he wrote in his goal card to make $25,000 by the New Year of 1970.
Proctor’s cleaning company had continued to grow, making $1 million a year, a fact that took him 9 years to understand to the point of being able to teach someone else.
He also noted, while he was making a lot of money in the business, his real wealth came from the discussions he held with the entrepreneurs he was subcontracting cleaning services to.
He spoke to them about their goals and what they wanted to earn. There was almost no discussion on the cleaning services.
He inspired them and made it easy for them to love what they did such that it no longer looked like work. He would say,
“I think you are working when you are doing what you don’t really enjoy.”
Despite the huge flow of income, Proctor left the cleaning business and went after his passion; inspiring people to pursue their goals and succeed.
Nightingale told him that the only way for him to work there was through distributorship.
Driven by the motivation to have Nightingale and Lloyd Conant, his partner-mentor him, Proctor bought a distributorship package worth $5,000 and went to work with the duo.
He was guided by the understanding,
“When you really want something, and you couple that with an understanding of your nature, of your spiritual being, and the law that govern you, you will keep going, regardless of what’s happened. Nothing will stop you.”
The early days in the distributorship proved tough for Proctor. While many people bought big music records for 75 cents, he was selling 12 small records of audio messages for $250; they ignored him.
While listening to another speaker’s message, it dawned on him that his sales method was wrong. Proctor put the records away and began talking to people about their unaccomplished goals and how frustrated they were about their situations.
He challenged them to tell him what they wanted, and he would tell them how to get it.
Proctor assured them that in the audio records were the philosophies to help them accomplish their goals; his sales began to rise. This saw Proctor rise to the position of Vice Chairman of Sales in the corporation.
Inspired To Stardom
He began his own personal development company in Toronto, Canada, LifeSuccess Publishing.
Proctor continued to teach people how to achieve their goals earning the title, ‘America’s greatest prosperity teacher.
Having understood the principles that landed him success in his cleaning business and later in the sales distributorship, he held seminars and taught his audience everything he knew.
Wanting them to achieve their goals, Proctor put his words into practice,
“You want to make sure that your purpose is something people can benefit from long after you’re gone.”
Through the book, he taught people to appreciate the great power within them that gave enabled them to win. He provided a comprehensive and verified system to achieve financial, emotional, physical and spiritual prosperity.
The book became recognized as the all-inclusive personal development book of the times.
In 2006, Proctor presented his wisdom in a hit movie, The Secret has taken from a book with a similar title, by Rhonda Byrne. He participated as a teacher in both the book and the movie.
Proctor discussed the law of attraction and how its application would create anyone who used it a joyful life.
Proctor’s fame in his teaching how to attract success grew with many people desiring to be taught by him. He traveled around the world giving speeches in the area. The mention of his name triggered the word, Success.
While carrying out 3-days training in 2006, Sandra Gallagher, a successful attorney listened to Proctor, and her thinking was transformed.
Gallagher brought up the idea of doing corporate training with him, Thinking Into Results which became the most powerful corporate transformational program of its kind.
The results prompted to her becoming the CEO and president of his organization.
In 2009, Proctor and Gallagher cofounded Proctor Gallagher Institute with her as the president and CEO and him as Chairman. They continued to coach and train and give speeches around the world on how people can improve their quality of life.
Wisdom in Books
Proctor partnered with various experts to produce books that empowered his audience to live a prosperous and generous life by changing their mindset.
He believed, “It’s the little things that you do that can make a big difference. What are you attempting to accomplish? What little thing can you do today that will make you more effective? You are probably only one step away from greatness.”
In April 2009, he and Michele Blood wrote and released Become a Magnet to Money Through the Sea of Unlimited Consciousness.
In the book, Proctor went beyond the laws of success and attraction to include persistence, winning, effectiveness and vision.
On December 29, 2015, he and Gallagher released The Art of Living (Prosperity Gospel Series). They covered how to obtain anything desired in life, how to erase negative thought patterns and retrain the brain for success and how to arrange work for maximum effectiveness.
Proctor also participated in the writing of Take Action Now! in 2016, Destinies: Motivating Stories From Ordinary People Who Created Extraordinary Results in 2017 and The Art of Thinking: Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life in 2018.
Besides writing books, Proctor has a number of self-study programs with audios tracks, videos and workbooks for his audience.
They include Path to Agreement, Creating Mental Freedom series, Mission in Commission, Working with the Law, The Success Puzzle and The Goal Achiever.
Though he realizes, “We’re taught to trade. We’re not taught to give.”
His giving originates from a belief that every child deserves an education and to live in a safer environment.
Since setting his mind to apply the teachings in Think and Grow Rich, Proctor’s earning took an upward trend lifting him to the world of millionaires.
He drew income from speaking engagements, one-on-one coaching, consultancy, self-study programs, and writing books.
As of early 2018, his net worth was estimated at $20 million.
Bob Proctor was born on July 15, 1934, in Ontario, Canada, during the depression. When he was five years old, the Second World War began, causing his father and other men in his neighborhood to go to the war in Europe.
With no father figure around, his mother focused on getting enough food to feed the family. Proctor considered any child whose family had a telephone in their house or a car, wealthy and didn’t fit in his neighborhood.
Proctor went to high school for only two months then dropped out and began searching for jobs. He didn’t consider school a priority then.
Proctor is married to Linda Proctor and together have a son, Brian Proctor.
Despite having turned his life around, Proctor reads Think and Grow Rich daily and listens to Nightingale’s condensed audio of the book from a battery operated record player. The thought guides him, “Repetition is the first law of learning.”
Proctor was not always a good speaker; he was shy and only comfortable while speaking to a few people in a room.
He was trained to deliver great speeches by Bill Gove, a man who was known as the best public speaker in the 60s.
While The Secret received a positive reception at first, some motivational speakers rejected it, bashing the law of attraction before their audience. But Proctor stood his ground and defended his words saying,
“The secret gives you anything you want; happiness, health, and wealth,” then proved it with his life.