John Strelecky

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John P. Strelecky
BornIllinois, Chicago, U.S.
Occupationwriter, author, public speaker

John P. Strelecky (born September 13, 1969) is a self-published author and creator of the Big Five for Life concept. As of 2018, his books have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 33 languages.[citation needed]


Strelecky was born and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He attended St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois and upon graduating he enrolled in Embry Riddle Aerounautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He completed his aviation training and spent two years working as a pilot before failing the medical exam for United Airlines due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition.[citation needed]

Strelecky graduated from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, after which he spent five years as a management consultant to large companies, In 2002, he took a year off to travel around the world.[citation needed]


In 2002, Strelecky wrote his first book, The Why Café. The book was initially self-published, but after it had sold more than ten thousand copies across twenty-four countries in less than a year, he was signed by a literary agent.[citation needed]

The book hit its first best-seller list in Singapore, then Taiwan. In 2009, it was released in French Canada under the title Le Why Cafe. In Germany, following the release of The Why Cafe sequel, it became one of the best selling books of the year for 2015, 2016, 2017.[1][2] It held on to the No. 1 spot every week of 2018.[citation needed]


  • The Why Café
  • Life Safari
  • The Big Five for Life
  • Return to The Why Café
  • AHAS! - Moments of Inspired Thought
  • The Big Five for Life Continued
  • How to be Rich and Happy


  1. ^ "'The History of Bees' is Germany's top-selling book of 2017". DW. January 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Selbstfindung bleibt beim Leser populär". January 4, 2018.