“Gratitude is an attitude that hooks us up to our source of supply. And the more grateful you are, the closer you become to your maker, to the architect of the universe, to the spiritual core of your being. It’s a phenomenal lesson.” – Bob Proctor
Bob Proctor was many things – a world-renowned speaker, a teacher, an expert on the human mind. The impact he had on the world was simply amazing. He touched millions upon millions through his work with The Secret, his coaching programs, such as The Science of Getting Rich, live events, and of course his New York Times Bestselling book, You Were Born Rich.
The impact he had on my life and The Brave Thinking Institute is truly immeasurable. Bob was so profoundly inspirational to me personally and professionally. He was a giving and thoughtful friend. Bob had a brilliant mind, and he was so amazingly generous in sharing his counsel with friends, colleagues, and the world.
Bob was a “man of increase”. His mentorship meant a great deal to me, but I’m not an isolated story. Even the work he did with The Brave Thinking Institute was but a small part of his total life’s work. He accomplished his goal of having his work shared in every country in the world. He spent vast amounts of his time on this planet studying, thinking, and sharing what he learned to make an incalculable difference in the lives of so many.
I’d also like to take a few moments to celebrate his human experience. Because he was so gifted at taking brilliant ideas and making them accessible to so many, his impact will reverberate. His teachings will be shared. And his true purpose, like a wave in the sea, will continue unhindered to improve lives well into the future.
Bob Proctor – A Personal Story
“The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing and has nothing.” – Bob Proctor
Who do I call when I need help?
Bob Proctor has always been at the top of that list. He has been a beacon to truth and joy. Some of his stories and teachings have been profound, but many of them have also been truly hilarious. He had a way of conveying humor and joy to make his lessons resonate at a beautiful frequency.
This story is one I love because it so highlights the absolute absurdity of our limiting beliefs. It starts with a very young Bob Proctor…
In 1961, Bob was working as a firefighter in what was basically a suburb of Toronto, Canada. He was making $4,000 a year. To put that in perspective, the chief of the department was making $11,000 a year. Bob’s income was a bit below average at that time, so there were some pains as far as his time and money freedom.
Around that time, Bob discovered the book, The Secret Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace Wattles. He’d never read a personal development book before that one, but he was fascinated by it. Bob started studying that book daily.
Bob had no prior business experience and didn’t have much in the way of formal education. Added to that, Bob had no financial success at the time. He was just starting out and had followed the common thinking path as far as work and earning a living.
But he was so inspired by the book that he decided to start his own business in his spare time. Just from that one resource, Bob applied the lessons he had read and within a year, he was making $11,000 per MONTH at his business. Roughly twelve times what his boss made annually.
Astounding right? Now, do you want to get to the hilarious part of the story?
The part that made me laugh was this: Bob said that even though he was making far more than even his boss made, he was afraid to quit his job.
And his explanation was both clear and poignant.
Bob said he had one, single limiting belief that held him back.
“There’s security in having a job.”
Of course, Bob got over that false thought pattern. He spent his entire lifetime teaching others to identify and get past their own false paradigms. And along the way, he helped us all see the absurdity in some of the things we believed.
“The only competition you will ever face is with your own ignorance.”- Bob Proctor
Bob Proctor’s Teachings
That story about Bob was his inception into the life he would live. He was able to dramatically change his life in the span of a single year, and he realized that he wanted to teach other people how to do the same thing. He wanted everyone to have access to the same blessings that he had.
There was only one problem. Bob wasn’t quite sure how he did it at first. That’s when his real education began. He already had success, but he wanted to analyze how exactly he’d done it. So, he set out on a mission of extensive study to realize exactly how he’d done it.
It’s about changing your paradigm. But Bob had to fully find that information on his own. Once he recognized where his limiting beliefs were and how he changed them, everything transformed.
He already had success, but then he had the tools to teach success, which became Bob’s life mission. Bob spent more than fifty years studying paradigms, those beliefs that impact your thoughts and ultimately what you achieve. He used methods that were groundbreaking to determine what paradigms people were using and, more importantly, how to change them to fully embrace the transformation they wanted in their lives.
“Most people are not going after what they want. Even some of the most serious goal seekers and goal setters, they’re going after what they think they can get.” – Bob Proctor
Through his work and teachings, Bob taught millions that the challenges and circumstances in their lives were not important. What was critical was the mindset. He taught people that they had the power to rise above their challenges, overcome circumstances, use their true talents, and achieve the exact life that they would love.
He taught his students that there were only two things necessary to transform their lives:
1. Access to the inner power within their mind.
2. The ability to wield that power in alignment with the Universal Laws that govern success.
This was his mission, and he accomplished it so beautifully that his work will continue to impact his students and the world, for years and years to come.
“Regardless of what happens today, realize it is the beginning of something good.” – Bob Proctor
I can’t tell you how blessed I feel for having the opportunity to know, learn from, and work with Bob. He was truly inspirational in every way, and he did what very few people have done – he turned his life’s purpose into a mission that improved the lives of so many people worldwide.
It’s a legacy to be proud of and to be celebrated. Today, I mourn the passing of a friend. I want to send my deepest condolences out to Linda, Bob’s family, Sandy, and all those that serve Bob’s message through the Proctor Gallagher Institute. Please join me in sending them prayers during this time.