Bob Proctor (author)

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Bob Proctor
Born(1934-07-05)July 5, 1934
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
DiedFebruary 3, 2022 (aged 87)
Occupation
  • Author
  • salesman
  • lecturer
Period1984–2022
GenreSelf-help
Notable worksYou Were Born Rich (1984)
The Secret (2006)

Bob Proctor (born Robert Corlett Proctor; July 5, 1934 – February 3, 2022[1]) was a Canadian self-help author and lecturer.[2] He was best known for his New York Times best-selling book You Were Born Rich (1984) and being a contributor to the film The Secret (2006).[3] Proctor's teachings maintained the idea that a positive self-image is critical for obtaining success, frequently referencing the pseudoscientific belief of the Law of Attraction.[3]

Proctor's teachings of the Law of Attraction were often criticized for being a threat to individuals for suggesting that simply having a sustained thought over time will materialize those thoughts into reality, whether it be for riches or for health.[2] Some experts worried that individuals may opt for Proctor's model of Positive Thinking instead of physical therapies or medical intervention.[2]

The Law of Attraction originates from quantum mysticism which suggests that positive thinking can shape reality; incorrectly citing quantum mechanics which draws upon "coincidental similarities of language rather than genuine connections".[4][5]


Life and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Proctor claimed to have a poor self-image and little ambition as a child, dropping out from Danforth Tech after a bandsaw-inflicted thumb injury with no plans for the future.[6] Working in a fire department in Toronto Proctor met a man who shared the book Think and Grow Rich with him at the age of 26, the first book he claimed to have ever read.[7] Soon afterward, Proctor claimed his life started to change as the book shifted his focus in life.[7] Proctor said he started a company offering cleaning services as his first enterprise - a venture he claimed netted him over $100,000 in his starting year despite having neither formal education or business experience.[8]

You Were Born Rich and The Secret[edit]

Proctor later joined the Nightingale-Conant Organization and worked his way up within the company, claiming to have been mentored by Earl Nightingale.[citation needed]

In 1984, the book You Were Born Rich,[7] was published by McCrary Publishing. Prior to that, other publishers sent the book back to him noting that "this book is absurd."[9] Australian-based filmmaker Rhonda Byrne discovered Proctor's book and led her to requesting he be interviewed and participate in the 2006 movie The Secret.[10] Financial experts express caution from not making sound investments when following the advice of You Were Born Rich.[11]

Personal life and death[edit]

Proctor died on February 3, 2022, at the age of 87.[12][13][14][15]

Law of Attraction[edit]

Throughout his material, Proctor aimed to have the reader tap into their "inner self".[16] He suggested their "inner-self" controls all that is brought into their life and that a bad self-image, which he called a "paradigm", lead to poor results even among those with adequate knowledge and abilities.[17] Instead of academic education, which Proctor argued was detrimental, Proctor recommended students attend his seminars and follow his program of branded personal development.

Despite any evidence supporting the Law of Attraction, Proctor contended that everything in the universe vibrates and that similar vibrations attract each other.[18] Using images of Kirlian photography, Proctor further argued that a person's body emitted an "energy field" and that the mind and body vibrate at specific frequencies which if harnessed could produce specific results. He suggested that given humans are capable of controlling their thoughts, they could choose to manipulate these vibrational frequencies and thus control their outcomes by attracting objects which vibrate at a similar frequency. Critics claimed Proctor's teachings were a pseudoscientific misunderstanding of quantum mechanics. In response, Proctor claimed his teachings were "the basic laws of the universe".[19]

Proctor claimed there was nothing in a person's life they could not change through the Law of Attraction.[18] Proctor also suggested that even a global recession was the result of excessive vibrational negativity which attracted the recession to the economy. In a 2009 article, The Wall Street Journal opined that if any of Proctor's followers believed that they could simply choose not to participate in the recession they were "being shammed".[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Corlett Proctor Obituary". Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c McFadden, Cynthia; Sherwood, Roxanna; Weinberg, Karin (April 29, 2007). "Science Behind 'The Secret'?". ABC News. Archived from the original on March 27, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Legendary Law of Attraction Expert, Bob Proctor, Shares His Secrets on Navigating The Clickety Clack: How to Live a Peace-Filled Life in a Seemingly Toxic World". www.ktvn.com. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  4. ^ Radford, Benjamin (February 3, 2009). "The Pseudoscience of 'The Secret'". Live Science. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  5. ^ Collins, Tim (2 March 2010). Behind the Lost Symbol. Penguin Group US. p. 87. ISBN 9781101197615. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  6. ^ The Secret to the Law of Attraction with Bob Proctor. Part 1
  7. ^ a b c newsday (September 16, 2018). "When you change your thoughts, you change everything!". NewsDay Zimbabwe. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "Legendary Law of Attraction Expert, Bob Proctor, Shares His Secrets on Navigating The Clickety Clack: How to Live a Peace-Filled Life in a Seemingly Toxic World". www.ktvn.com. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  9. ^ The Secret to the Law of Attraction with Bob Proctor, Part 1
  10. ^ McFADDEN, CYNTHIA. "Bob Proctor Nightline Interview ABC" (PDF). ABC News. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 14, 2011.
  11. ^ "Personal Development: A Low Risk, High Reward Investment". finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  12. ^ "Bob Proctor Passed Away, 1934–2022". Business For Home. February 4, 2022. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  13. ^ "In Loving Memory of Bob Proctor, 1934–2022". Proctor Gallagher Institute. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  14. ^ Dara, Mr (February 5, 2022). "Bob Proctor Death – Is Bob Proctor Still Alive, Bob Proctor How Did He Die, Cause of Death, Obituary News". TOP INFO GUIDE. Retrieved February 5, 2022.
  15. ^ Ultracurioso & Cia (February 4, 2022). "Bob Proctor Morre: Relembre Sua História e Causa da Morte | Ultracurioso" (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved February 5, 2022.
  16. ^ Salerno, Steve (May 1, 2009). "If I Don't See It, It's Not There". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  17. ^ McFADDEN, CYNTHIA. "Bob Proctor Nightline Interview ABC" (PDF). ABC News. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 14, 2011.
  18. ^ a b c Salerno, Steve (May 1, 2009). "If I Don't See It, It's Not There". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  19. ^ newsday (July 30, 2016). "Money — How the rich play the game?". NewsDay Zimbabwe. Retrieved November 30, 2020.