The New Thought Leaders: 12 People Who Can Lead You to Your Brightest Future

UPDATED: June 26, 2023
PUBLISHED: February 4, 2020

As the last decade wound to a close, SUCCESS embarked on a project to rank today’s influencers in terms of their social media impact across various platforms, zeroing in on the major areas of our coverage, including entrepreneurship and business, health, money, spirituality and mindset, entertainment and culture, as well as our bread and butter—personal development.

That process informed our selection of The New Thought Leaders. Collectively, these 12 authors, speakers, podcasters and social media influencers cast a wide shadow, helping to shape and improve millions of lives between them. They may have different areas of specialty, diverse backgrounds and varied interests, but in their own way, each carries the torch of the common sense values and self-determinism philosophies of the New Thought movement, which this magazine was founded on more than 120 years ago.

At the beginning of a new decade, SUCCESS wanted to highlight the people who represent the future of these timeless teachings, those who have only begun to realize the apex of their influence, the leaders who will define what personal development will mean to new generations, just as their predecessors did before them.

Meet The New Thought Leaders:

Gary Vaynerchuk
Gabrielle Bernstein

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
Illustrations by Hanane Kai

Jonny Auping is a freelance writer based in Dallas.

Scott Bedgood is a freelance writer and the author of Lessons from Legends: 12 Hall of Fame Coaches on Leadership, Life, and Leaving a Legacy. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Sami.

Jamie Friedlander is a freelance writer based in Chicago and the former features editor of SUCCESS magazine. Her work has been published in The Cut, VICE, Inc., The Chicago Tribune and Business Insider, among other publications. When she's not writing, she can usually be found drinking matcha tea into excess, traveling somewhere new with her husband or surfing Etsy late into the night.