The 5 Books That Changed Drew Carey’s Life

After reading our January 2016 feature, “How Personal Development Saved Drew Carey’s Life,” fan Jim Williams tweeted to The Price Is Right host asking which personal development books he should read first.

Carey, who goes by the handle @DrewFromTV on Twitter, was happy to share his recommendations.



One of those books, a 1983 classic holds a special place in his personal library. “I have a dog-eared copy of Og Mandino’s University of Success at my house. I read it all the time,” Carey told SUCCESS about the 1983 classic. “I needed University of Success because it went right to believing in yourself, which I never did.”

Carey added several more recommendations to his list.



The Four Agreements is a 1997 best-seller by Mexican author Don Miguel Ruiz, a former surgeon whose near-death experience prompted him to leave the profession and the country to become a shaman of Toltec philosophy.

The Four Agreements are:

  1. Be Impeccable With Your Word.

  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally.

  3. Don’t Make Assumptions.

  4. Always Do Your Best.


Another fan, James Richardson, joined the conversation, asking Carey about the “fourth agreement” with careful wordplay.


Carey continued:


A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman was published in 1976 as a self-study curriculum for “spiritual transformation,” which consisted of a 622-page textbook, a 478-page workbook, and 88-page teacher’s manual.

For our SUCCESS magazine feature, on newsstands now, Carey channeled Jim Rohn, sharing his philosophy for self-improvement. “People spend more time planning their vacations than planning their lives,” Carey said.

Read the January 2016 feature story about Drew Carey’s struggles with self-esteem, depression and suicide, and how personal development books changed the course of his life.


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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