One of the most influential people in my life - even though I've never met her - is Louise Hay. I first heard of her from my Grandmother, who was deeply religious and spent her life in a small Texas town. In a way I was surprised that my Grandmother recommended such an open-minded teacher, but that's part of Ms. Hay's genius. Her teachings are radical in their simplicity, and are deeply inclusive.
Hay's most renowned book is You Can Heal Your Life, which was published 30 years ago and has sold tens of millions of copies. You can download the e-book right now for a limited time for only $1.99. I'm only mentioning this because it's a great book at a great bargain, and I'd be thrilled if anyone who reads this post decides to get the book, just because I found it so helpful.
I love to search for Louise Hay's talks on YouTube. She has a very soothing voice and a stealthy sense of humor. There's one talk of hers I have on my iPod that I've probably listened to a dozen times.
Lately Ms. Hay has also been an inspiration to me in business. I get her email newsletter, and it's one of the few that I read without fail. Of course, each newsletter is promoting one or more of her Hay House authors, but she wraps the promotion in a relevant and honest teaching, almost like a friend telling you about something they really believe in. It's impressive!