We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. This holds true not only in real life but also online. This list contains notable people to follow, categorized under the topics of mental health, relationships, the mind, the body and brain, and money. This list can help to change or expand the circle of people you currently spend the most time with to one that will let you rise to a better life.
Dr. Gabor Maté is a well-known speaker and bestselling author who is highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, stress, and childhood development. Instead of providing quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté combines scientific research, real-life examples, and his own personal insights to give a comprehensive perspective that empowers individuals to take charge of their own healing and that of those around them.
Dr. Hanson is a leading expert on positive neuroplasticity. He is a New York Times bestselling author, having written six books on the topics of well-being and happiness. His latest book is NeuroDharma. He has a popular podcast, Being Well Podcast, which he hosts together with his son, Forrest Hanson. He has been invited to speak at NASA, Oxford University, Stanford University, and Google, among others.
Listen to Dr. Rick Hanson’s interview ‘EP 021 – How to Rewire Your Brain to Be Happy | Dr. Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | The Science of Happiness‘ here on The IPS Podcast.
Jordan Peterson is a renowned psychologist and cultural critic who is best known for his work on topics such as the psychology of personality, cultural and political ideologies, and the relationship between individuals and society. He has written several best-selling books, including “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” which offers practical advice on living a meaningful life. In addition to his books, Peterson also hosts a popular podcast called “The Jordan Peterson Podcast.” In this podcast, he shares his insights and perspectives on a wide range of topics, including psychology, philosophy, politics, and religion. He also invites guests to join him for in-depth discussions on various subjects. The podcast has been well-received by listeners and has become a platform for Peterson to share his views and engage with his audience.
Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she helms a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and her international bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages.
Sue Johnson is a clinical psychologist, researcher, and author. She is the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, an evidence-based approach to couples therapy that focuses on the emotional bond between partners. She has written several books on the topic, including “Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love” and “Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships“. Dr. Johnson has been awarded numerous awards for her work and is considered a leading expert in the field of couples therapy. She has been featured in various media outlets and has been invited to speak at conferences and workshops around the world. Her work is widely recognized and respected in the field of psychology.
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. Brené is also a visiting professor in management at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy.
John M. Gottman is a renowned psychologist and researcher, known for his work on marital stability. He co-founded the Gottman Institute and developed the Gottman Method for couples therapy, based on extensive empirical research. Gottman identified the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” as negative communication styles in relationships. His influential books include “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.”
Christopher Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator and the founder and CEO of The Black Swan Group, a consulting firm that provides businesses and individuals with negotiation training and consulting services. He is also the author of the book “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It.” In this book, Voss shares his experience and expertise in negotiation, drawing on his time as an FBI agent and providing practical advice and tools for readers to use in their own negotiations. Voss has been featured in various media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, and on the Tim Ferriss Show podcast. He is considered a leading expert in the field of negotiation.
Shan Boodram is a Canadian sexologist, author, and YouTuber. She is well known for her work in the field of sexual health and education and her focus on creating accessible and inclusive resources for people of all genders and sexual orientations. She has written a book called “The Game of Desire: 5 Surprising Secrets to Dating with Dominance—and Getting What You Want.” In this book she presents a five-week program that teaches the art of communication, self-awareness, and goal-setting to help readers to develop the skills they need to successfully navigate the dating world. She is also well-known for creating content on YouTube and has a large following on social media. She is considered an expert in the field of sex education and her work is widely recognized.
Listen to Shan Boodram’s interview ‘EP 020 – Certified Sexologist Shan Boodram, Talks about Sex, Dating, and Relationships‘ here on The IPS Podcast.
Matthew Hussey is renowned for his expertise as a dating and confidence coach for women, having transformed the love lives of countless women across the globe. His New York Times bestseller, sold-out live seminars, and powerful training videos have inspired millions of women to find the love they deserve. Matthew’s approach to dating and relationships is founded on honesty, authenticity, and practicality. By empowering women with his proven techniques, he helps them become confident and take control of their own happiness, leading to fulfilling relationships that stand the test of time.
Sam Harris is a bestselling author of five New York Times best sellers and has written books on a wide range of topics including neurosciences, moral philosophy, and meditation. His work has been translated in over 20 languages and has been discussed in various publications. He hosts the Making Sense Podcast and has a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. He has been practicing meditation for more than 30 years and has created the Waking Up app for those who want to learn to meditate in a modern, scientific context.
David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL, accomplished ultra-distance runner, and Guinness World Record holder for pull-ups. He is also a sought-after public speaker, sharing his philosophy on pushing beyond limits and mastering the mind. In addition, he works as an Advanced Emergency Technician in a big-city emergency room and as a wildland firefighter in British Columbia during the summers. He’s an inspiration for human endurance and willpower.
Jocko Willink is a retired United States Navy SEAL officer and author. He is the co-author of the book “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win” and “The Dichotomy of Leadership“, which detail his leadership experience and philosophy, and the co-founder of Echelon Front, a leadership training and consulting company. He is also a popular public speaker and podcaster, where he shares his insights on leadership, discipline, and mental toughness. Jocko is known for his strict adherence to discipline and his ability to inspire others to push themselves to their limits. He is a highly-respected figure in the field of leadership development and his work is widely recognized.
Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher, author and speaker. He is best known for his teachings on mindfulness and presence, which emphasize the power of being present in the present moment and awakening to one’s true nature. His books, including “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth,” have become best-sellers and have been translated into numerous languages. Tolle’s teachings have inspired countless individuals to live more fulfilling and conscious lives.
Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, #1 NY Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and the nation’s #1 life & business strategist. He has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries around the world through his audio programs, educational videos, and live seminars. For more than four and a half decades, millions of people have enjoyed the warmth, humor, and transformational power of Tony’s business and personal development events.
Alan Watts (1915–1973) was a British philosopher and writer celebrated for introducing Eastern philosophy to the Western world. Moving to the United States in the 1930s, he became a prominent speaker, authoring influential books such as “The Way of Zen” and “The Wisdom of Insecurity.” Watts emphasized a holistic approach to life, blending Western and Eastern thought. Known for his engaging style, he remains a significant figure in the exploration of human experience and interconnectedness.
Dr. Andrew Weil is a renowned American physician and advocate for integrative medicine. With a focus on combining traditional Western medicine with holistic approaches, he emphasizes the importance of lifestyle factors like nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness for overall well-being. As the founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Weil has authored several best-selling books on health and healing, making him a leading figure in the field of alternative medicine.
Peter Attia, MD, is the founder of Early Medical, a medical practice that applies the principles of Medicine 3.0 to patients with the goal of lengthening their lifespan and simultaneously improving their healthspan. He is the host of The Drive, one of the most popular podcasts covering the topics of health and medicine.
Dr. Rhonda Patrick has a gift for translating complex scientific topics into actionable insights in her videos, podcasts, and articles. She’s dedicated to the pursuit of longevity and optimal health—and shares the latest research on nutrition, aging, and disease prevention with her growing audience.
Wim Hof, also known as “The Iceman,” is a Dutch extreme athlete, adventurer, and alternative therapist who is best known for his ability to withstand extreme cold temperatures through a combination of meditation, breathing techniques, and cold exposure. He has set multiple world records for swimming under ice, running a marathon in the Namib Desert without water, and climbing Mount Everest in only shorts. Hof has developed a method called the Wim Hof Method (WHM), which is a combination of breathing exercises, cold therapy, and commitment, that he claims can help with various health issues and improve overall well-being. He has written a book called “The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential” which includes more details about his method. Although his methods have not been widely accepted by mainstream science, he is considered a figure in the field of alternative medicine and wellness.
Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and tenured professor in the department of neurobiology and by courtesy, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. He has made numerous significant contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function and neural plasticity, which is the ability of our nervous system to rewire and learn new behaviors, skills and cognitive functioning.
Matthew Walker is a sleep scientist and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science. Walker is known for his research on the effects of sleep on human health and well-being, including the relationship between sleep and memory, cognitive performance, mental health, and physical health. He is the author of the best-selling book “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams,” which has been widely acclaimed for its accessible and engaging presentation of the latest scientific findings on sleep.
Seth is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 20 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn). His book, This is Marketing, was an instant bestseller in countries around the world. The latest book is The Practice, and creatives everywhere have made it a bestseller. Though renowned for his writing and speaking, Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!).
Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40.” He is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. The Observer and other media have called Tim “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which is the first business/interview podcast to exceed 100 million downloads. It has now exceeded 900 million downloads.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a Belarusian-American entrepreneur, author, speaker, and internet personality. He’s known for growing his family’s wine business from $3M to $60M and being an early investor in companies like Uber, Twitter, and Tumblr. He’s also the CEO of VaynerMedia and a bestselling author of books like “Crush It!” and “The Thank You Economy.” Gary is known for his motivational content and digital marketing expertise.