Rhonda Byrne

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Rhonda Byrne
Born (1945-08-26) 26 August 1945 (age 73)
Melbourne, Australia
OccupationWriter, producer
Notable works

Rhonda Byrne (born 1945, Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian television writer and producer, best known for her New Thought books, The Secret (based on a film she produced of the same name). The Secret is based on the pseudoscientific belief in The Law of Attraction. She wrote several sequels to the book including, The Power, The Magic and Hero as well as other books that relate to The Secret.

Life before The Secret[edit]

Rhonda Byrne was born in 1945, Melbourne, Australia, to parents Ronald and Irene. She worked as an executive producer for television, with credits including Oz Encounters: UFO's in Australia (1997), Sensing Murder: Easy Street (2003), Loves Me, Loves Me Not (2003), and one episode of Sensing Murder (2004). [1]

After the death of her father in 2004, Byrne became very depressed. At the instigation of her daughter Hailey, she read The Science of Getting Rich (1911) by Wallace D. Wattles.[2] She discovered positive thinking, the laws of attraction, and many rules that helped help fight her depression, and find further success in life. Hence, she started doing research on the subject and the project of The Secret was born.

The Secret[edit]

According to Byrne's research, she claims that all great men in history knew about the laws of attraction pointing at Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig van Beethoven, Winston Churchill, and many more. Furthering her research, she found current proponents of the laws of attraction this includes author Jack Canfield, entrepreneur John Assaraf, visionary Michael Beckwith, John Demartini, Bob Proctor, James Arthur Ray, Joseph Vitale, Lisa Nichols, Marie Diamond, and John Gray.[3]

The Law of Attraction has no scientific basis and has been dubbed a pseudoscience. A number of researchers have criticized the misuse of scientific concepts by its proponents.

Byrne found tremendous success with both the DVD, and the book of The Secret.

The Secret was published in 2006, and by the spring of 2007 had sold more than 19 million copies in more than 40 languages,[4] and more than two million DVDs.[5] The Secret book and film have grossed $300 million.[6]

In 2007 Byrne was featured in Time Magazine's list of 100 people who shape the world. Since 2010, she has regularly been featured in Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. She gained mainstream popularity and commercial success after appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[5] Her philosophy is that believing will allow you to achieve your wishes and dreams.

The Power[edit]

According to Byrne was inspired to write a sequel to The Secret called The Power after answering several thousand letters from readers of The Secret.[7]

On August 17, 2010, The Power was published as both a hardcover edition and audio CD.[8]

Additional works[edit]

More of her published works include 'The Hero', 'The power of Henry's imagination' and she has a website dedicated to the secret, www.thesecret.tv. Her latest book is How The Secret Changed My Life.[9]


  1. ^ "Rhonda Byrne". IMDb.com.
  2. ^ "Rhonda Byrne". NNDb.com.
  3. ^ Herriot, Drew (2006). "The Secret". Netflix.com.
  4. ^ Simons, Christopher F. Chabris and Daniel J. "The Pseudoscience of 'The Secret' and 'The Power'". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b Canfield, Jack (3 May 2007). "The 2007 TIME 100 - TIME". Time.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  6. ^ Lindner, Melanie. "What People Are Still Willing To Pay For". Forbes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  7. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 21 July 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  8. ^ Bosman, Julie. "'Secret' Author To Reveal More Insights In 'Power'". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  9. ^ Bosman, Julie. "'Secret' Author To Reveal More Insights In 'Power'". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

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