Wayne Dyer Biography
Dr. Wayne Dyer Biography
Wayne Walter Dyer was born on May 10, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, in the USA.
His father, Melvin Dyer, was an alcoholic and abandoned the family soon after Wayne was born, and died shortly thereafter. His mother, Hazel, turned Wayne and his brother Jim over to an orphanage when she could no longer take care of them. Indeed, he grew up in a Detroit orphanage. He graduated in 1958 from Denby High School and went into the Navy, where he served form 1958 to 1962.
Coming out of the Navy, he attended Wayne State University where he earned his D.Ed. degree in counseling.
He began his career
as a high school guidance counselor, and then became a professor of counselor
education at St. John's University in New York.
In 1976, at the age
of 36, Dyer published his first book, Your Erroneous Zones. Dyer determined
to make motivational speaking his lifelong career, and resigning from
his teaching profession he began touring the country, promoting his book
by appearing at bookstores and doing interviews. Soon, the book was a
best seller, and he began appearing on national talk shows such as Phil
Donahue, Merv Griffin and The Tonight Show.
In the 1990s, Dyers work began to take on a spiritual component, with an emphasis on the
Tao Te Ching.
When asked about his religious beliefs, Dyer points out: "My belief is that the truth is a truth until you organize it, and then becomes a lie. I don't think that Jesus was teaching Christianity, Jesus was teaching kindness, love, concern, and peace. What I tell people is don't be Christian, be Christ-like. Don't be Buddhist, be Buddha-like."
In 2003, Dyer had
a heart attack, and received a stent. In 2009, he revealed that he was
suffering from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), but that it was not
life-threatening. (Some versions of this leukemia are fatal after five
years, others are not life-threatening, with proper treatment.)
include: Your Erroneous Zones (1976), Pulling Your Own Strings (1978),
The Sky's the Limit ( 1980), What Do You Really Want for Your Children
(1985) and You'll See It When You Believe It: The Way to Your Personal
Transformation (1989). His latest books are: Living The Wisdom Of The
Tao: The Complete Tao Te Ching and Affirmations (2008) and Excuses Begone