I’m not just talking about school or university teachers. I’m talking about anyone who’s ever influenced your life in a positive manner. It could be your mom, brother, 5th grade teacher, Picasso, or Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid.

For me, it’d be John Assaraf, Richard Branson, and… Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid. And that’s just off the top of my head. I could easily think of hundreds more.

I was inspired to think of my top teachers a couple weeks ago, when my friend Alex Mandossian put up a post of his top 101 teachers. He spoke of the gratitude and joy he felt when he named all 101 of his teachers.

Alex had a great list and most of those teachers would definitely make my list too. What really touched me was that he named me as one of his teachers!

“Vishen Lakhiani for teaching me the importance of keeping a Gratitude Log

Thanks Alex. I’m honored to make your list.

Here are of Alex’s teachers that you might have seen on FinerMinds..

  • John Assaraf for teaching me to find people who play at the things that I have work at
  • Marci Shimoff for teaching me that Happiness can be passed on to many generations
  • Janet Attwood for teaching me the power of declaring my passion in public
  • Jay Abraham for teaching me to actively utilize the Strategy of Pre-eminence

You can read Alex’s entire list of 101 teachers over here >>

But, I’d like to turn the question around to you guys now. Who are your top teachers? I can’t wait to read your comments!

P.S.: If you’d like to connect with Alex Mandossian, you can leave him an appreciation note here >>

Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley — a ground-breaking company comprised of innovators, artists, technologist and dreamers from over 30 countries around the world. Vishen also created the transformational program, Consciousness Engineering.

14 Comments

  • Lane says:

    Top Teachers: parents and relatives; friends; strangers; nature; me (learning by mistakes); etc.

    Today my top teacher would be afterlife entity: Redcloud.

    We don't need to have 'special' or famous teachers. Our lessons in life come from our every day experiences.

    It is good to be grateful and remember all those who have helped in our journey. Our enemy can be our greatest teacher also.

  • Sahil Nikhil Tikale says:

    MY Teachers….writing this is churning lot of good memories…..and some difficult experiences.

    1.) Three most important people who shaped and complimented my character, principles and virtues. My Grandma, my aunt (Father's Sister) & My Father.

    2.) The person who opened up the latent spirituality in me….partly I understand the importance of expressing gratitude because of her…She has been my teacher in Undergraduate and a coach for life….She is Ms Rupande Desai Asst.Professor Rubber Technology.

    3.) The person who helped me breakthrough the outdated model of learning and introduced me to effective methods of Tony Buzan….I am definately thankful to Tony Buzan but my teacher is the one who introduced me to him. I owe my success at academics to him….Mr. Arshad Mirza

    4.) How to deal with abundance, achieve success and most importantly sustain it over a long period of time….I learnt this from Mr. Vishal Sarmalkar (my uncle), Mr. Arvind Chauhan (Friend to my father)

    5.) I am heartily thankful to Mr.Dhitendra Patel for teaching us much more than mathematics in School. He made us problem solvers…showed us the philosophy of approaching problems. Mathematics and life are not much different.

    6.) I am thankful to my friends Arvind Rana and Utpal Soni, who have been the best model of adaptation and producing results. I am still learning from them. Co-incidently both are XLRI graduates.

    7.) Viraj Sarmalkar for teaching me the value of discpline.

    8.) Vaidehi Tikale (my wife) for teaching me the value to persistent effort and working all the areas so diligently that luck has no choice but to favour you.

    9.) LOBSANG RAMPA for teaching me lot about human evolution, life after death, God and why are we here in this world

  • Lane says:

    Top Teachers: parents and relatives; friends; strangers; nature; me (learning by mistakes); etc.

    Today my top teacher would be afterlife entity: Redcloud.

    We don't need to have 'special' or famous teachers. Our lessons in life come from our every day experiences.

    It is good to be grateful and remember all those who have helped in our journey. Our enemy can be our greatest teacher also.

  • prasad says:

    1) Mrs D'silva , my first standard teacher who ,literally, taught me…… a, b ,c …

    2) Prof K N Rao whose approach to any topic (whether it pertains to life issues or any subject taught in a classroom) was to break it into divisible portions having options & to study the pros & cons of each option to get a perfect solution.

    3) Prof C G Vasudevan was a good Philosopher & a perfect Guru . English literature apart, Simplicity & contentment was what I learnt from him.

    4) Prof Tiruvengadathan who was a sanskrit professor and whose mastery over English (apart from Sanskrit)language was so good that he was known as "a Gymnast with English Vocabularywho would play with words!".

    5) Mr V V C who was a good teacher but always restrained from punishing his students.

    6) Prof Edward who knew how to involve his students in a class to discuss any tough subject .His class had casual discussions like what we have with family members in our homes!

  • Sahil Nikhil Tikale says:

    MY Teachers….writing this is churning lot of good memories…..and some difficult experiences.

    1.) Three most important people who shaped and complimented my character, principles and virtues. My Grandma, my aunt (Father's Sister) & My Father.

    2.) The person who opened up the latent spirituality in me….partly I understand the importance of expressing gratitude because of her…She has been my teacher in Undergraduate and a coach for life….She is Ms Rupande Desai Asst.Professor Rubber Technology.

    3.) The person who helped me breakthrough the outdated model of learning and introduced me to effective methods of Tony Buzan….I am definately thankful to Tony Buzan but my teacher is the one who introduced me to him. I owe my success at academics to him….Mr. Arshad Mirza

    4.) How to deal with abundance, achieve success and most importantly sustain it over a long period of time….I learnt this from Mr. Vishal Sarmalkar (my uncle), Mr. Arvind Chauhan (Friend to my father)

    5.) I am heartily thankful to Mr.Dhitendra Patel for teaching us much more than mathematics in School. He made us problem solvers…showed us the philosophy of approaching problems. Mathematics and life are not much different.

    6.) I am thankful to my friends Arvind Rana and Utpal Soni, who have been the best model of adaptation and producing results. I am still learning from them. Co-incidently both are XLRI graduates.

    7.) Viraj Sarmalkar for teaching me the value of discpline.

    8.) Vaidehi Tikale (my wife) for teaching me the value to persistent effort and working all the areas so diligently that luck has no choice but to favour you.

    9.) LOBSANG RAMPA for teaching me lot about human evolution, life after death, God and why are we here in this world

  • devayani says:

    each element of nature has taught me to go on living despite of changes and challanges.

    my friends have been my guardian angels all along . they taught me to respect myself.

    my subconscious , taught me to reconnect with the universe and collective consciousness.

    my children have taught me to smile in tough times and sleep peacefully every night.

    the universe has taught me to give love endlessly to one and all living beings.

    i am grateful to all of them.

  • A K says:

    Top 5 teachers:

    1.my higher self/the voice

    2.this life (journey of love/fear: joy, suffering & the in between)

    3.Dawn Clark

    4.My daughter (being a parent)

    5. Various Metaphysics: Noetic Sciences, Spiritual Practices (religious & indigenous), Prayer/Meditation

  • prasad says:

    1) Mrs D'silva , my first standard teacher who ,literally, taught me…… a, b ,c …
    2) Prof K N Rao whose approach to any topic (whether it pertains to life issues or any subject taught in a classroom) was to break it into divisible portions having options & to study the pros & cons of each option to get a perfect solution.
    3) Prof C G Vasudevan was a good Philosopher & a perfect Guru . English literature apart, Simplicity & contentment was what I learnt from him.
    4) Prof Tiruvengadathan who was a sanskrit professor and whose mastery over English (apart from Sanskrit)language was so good that he was known as “a Gymnast with English Vocabularywho would play with words!”.
    5) Mr V V C who was a good teacher but always restrained from punishing his students.
    6) Prof Edward who knew how to involve his students in a class to discuss any tough subject .His class had casual discussions like what we have with family members in our homes!

  • Shosh says:

    From all my teachers I acquired knowledge and wisdom, but from my pupils I received the most of all (translated from Hebrew). Every person I encountered had taught me a lesson, even if for just a moment, and I am grateful for all of them.

  • sandhya pathak says:

    SANDHYA…………..our enemy r our top teachers they teach us to lessen how become we good more then them………..second my cousin bro is my top teacher of my life he is too cool n handle every situation in any difficulty………………………third my little son ever teach me how to innocent to everyone even if a person rude with us

  • My top teachers are:

    Jack Canfiled-, for sharing with me his wisdom in the movie The Secret, and because I believed him, it allowed me to begin a great journey of self discovery that has led me from being a homeless waitress, to a business owner who now shares this wisdom with High School Seniors through my own public speaking career. Thank You Jack Canfield!!

    Napoleon Hill-For giving me the formula to success in easy to understand words, and for instilling in me the belief that I am more powerful than I ever thought possible.

    Vishen Lakhiani- For creating Finer Minds and providing me with a study guide, great articles, and being an inspiration to the fact that great things are created not with money, but by will and the courage to move forward with an idea

    And of course my mother Jackie Hassapelis who when diagnosed with cancer in 1988 made a decision to live to see her grandchildren born and went on to found the Clark/Canal Community Association and be with us for another 17 years after the doctors told us to make funeral arrangements.

    Thank you all for the wonderful knowledge, insight and wisdom that you continiously share with us, to aid those who are looking for ways to develop and grow and providing us with the constant reminders that through the power that we already have within us, all things are possible. Thank You !!!

    Stephanie Kathan

  • devayani says:

    each element of nature has taught me to go on living despite of changes and challanges.
    my friends have been my guardian angels all along . they taught me to respect myself.
    my subconscious , taught me to reconnect with the universe and collective consciousness.
    my children have taught me to smile in tough times and sleep peacefully every night.
    the universe has taught me to give love endlessly to one and all living beings.
    i am grateful to all of them.

  • A K says:

    Top 5 teachers:

    1.my higher self/the voice

    2.this life (journey of love/fear: joy, suffering & the in between)

    3.Dawn Clark

    4.My daughter (being a parent)

    5. Various Metaphysics: Noetic Sciences, Spiritual Practices (religious & indigenous), Prayer/Meditation

  • Quizmo says:

    Question of the day… Who are my top teachers?

    Of my 50-some-odd-years, the very first that always come to mind, are my high-school teachers, Mr. Yee (horticulture and so much more), and Mr. Johnson (art). I thank them both for seeing so much more in me that I did.

    My mother and father, of course. They were wonderful parents. Thanks Mom and Dad!

    My three children. My, my, my… and I never wanted kids. Thanks gang.

    As of late, Rich German, Beath Davis, Judith and Jim (all Googlable).

    And most recently, Neale Donald Walsch, “Conversations with God.”

    All my wonderful friends and relations (ex-husband included)… they’ve all been blessings. Thank you!

    Even my little brother. Thanks Bro.

    Plants and animals… and oh, so much/many more, but it would all be the stuff of a memoire (which I’ve written-coming soon to a theater near you).

    Thank you, Vishen, for all your wisdom and teaching. (AND now my tears and puffy eyes!)

  • My top teachers are:
    Jack Canfiled-, for sharing with me his wisdom in the movie The Secret, and because I believed him, it allowed me to begin a great journey of self discovery that has led me from being a homeless waitress, to a business owner who now shares this wisdom with High School Seniors through my own public speaking career. Thank You Jack Canfield!!
    Napoleon Hill-For giving me the formula to success in easy to understand words, and for instilling in me the belief that I am more powerful than I ever thought possible.
    Vishen Lakhiani- For creating Finer Minds and providing me with a study guide, great articles, and being an inspiration to the fact that great things are created not with money, but by will and the courage to move forward with an idea
    And of course my mother Jackie Hassapelis who when diagnosed with cancer in 1988 made a decision to live to see her grandchildren born and went on to found the Clark/Canal Community Association and be with us for another 17 years after the doctors told us to make funeral arrangements.
    Thank you all for the wonderful knowledge, insight and wisdom that you continiously share with us, to aid those who are looking for ways to develop and grow and providing us with the constant reminders that through the power that we already have within us, all things are possible. Thank You !!!
    Stephanie Kathan

  • Barry says:

    Top teacher: God

    and corporeally; Rav Laitman at the Bnei Barcuch Learning Center. Please check it out

  • Amy says:

    My husband has been my greatest teacher. He has taught me self worth. He has taught me joys that I never knew existed in the most ordinary places. He taught me that even when I want to shut down, I can't as there is too much at stake. He has taught me the value of a promise. I have learned to look into the eyes of humankind instead of the ground. I have learned the essence of love. :)

  • PATRICIA says:

    First would be my parents, my grandmother N , the many friends throughout my 63 years, Mr Cunningham, Herman and Olive and currently Lansing through Integrated Awareness and many more to come Thankyou

  • Quizmo says:

    Question of the day… Who are my top teachers?

    Of my 50-some-odd-years, the very first that always come to mind, are my high-school teachers, Mr. Yee (horticulture and so much more), and Mr. Johnson (art). I thank them both for seeing so much more in me that I did.

    My mother and father, of course. They were wonderful parents. Thanks Mom and Dad!

    My three children. My, my, my… and I never wanted kids. Thanks gang.

    As of late, Rich German, Beath Davis, Judith and Jim (all Googlable).

    And most recently, Neale Donald Walsch, “Conversations with God.”

    All my wonderful friends and relations (ex-husband included)… they’ve all been blessings. Thank you!

    Even my little brother. Thanks Bro.

    Plants and animals… and oh, so much/many more, but it would all be the stuff of a memoire (which I’ve written-coming soon to a theater near you).

    Thank you, Vishen, for all your wisdom and teaching. (AND now my tears and puffy eyes!)

  • Barry says:

    Top teacher: God
    and corporeally; Rav Laitman at the Bnei Barcuch Learning Center. Please check it out

  • Holly says:

    My greatest teacher so far is a woman named Dannia. She has taught me the value of perserverience. Meditation is a powerful tool, but, as Dannia has told me time and again, one must practice to reap the benefits.

  • andrew says:

    My top teacher is the hugging saint amma.

  • Tim Smith says:

    Teacher…what is the definition? We are constantly learning from any and all people if we pay attention. Every single person knows of things that we do not know about, thus, everyone is a potential teacher, if our mind is open to listening and learning.

    Emerson said.
    "Every man is my superior in some way, and I must learn from them."

    Mentors, who I most look up to, who I've learned the MOST from…

    It all starts with my parents, who are responsible for my core, my base, my basic fundamentals and principles.

    From there I'd say at present…
    Coach John Wooden is a fundamentally solid and sound as you'll find man to look up to. The late Og Mandino is great. Zig Ziglar is a living legend who i have met personally and he "walks the talk that he talks.. something very admirable in a person.

    Currently re reading and re learning from the late and super great Dale Carnegie.

    Finally I have a website called Smile-Therapy where I learn everyday from people sharing their ideas tips and wisdom. Stop by and DO SHARE :)
    Thank you
    Tim S, Smile-Therapy.com

  • Tim Smith says:

    Teacher…what is the definition? We are constantly learning from any and all people if we pay attention. Every single person knows of things that we do not know about, thus, everyone is a potential teacher, if our mind is open to listening and learning.

    Emerson said.
    “Every man is my superior in some way, and I must learn from them.”

    Mentors, who I most look up to, who I've learned the MOST from…

    It all starts with my parents, who are responsible for my core, my base, my basic fundamentals and principles.

    From there I'd say at present…
    Coach John Wooden is a fundamentally solid and sound as you'll find man to look up to. The late Og Mandino is great. Zig Ziglar is a living legend who i have met personally and he “walks the talk that he talks.. something very admirable in a person.

    Currently re reading and re learning from the late and super great Dale Carnegie.

    Finally I have a website called Smile-Therapy where I learn everyday from people sharing their ideas tips and wisdom. Stop by and DO SHARE :)
    Thank you
    Tim S, Smile-Therapy.com

  • Peggy Fox says:

    My Hero is 1st. God, my horses ive trained and my children and of course my parents

    parents!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Peggy Fox says:

    My Hero is 1st. God, my horses ive trained and my children and of course my parents

    parents!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Alex Gabriel Vu says:

    Well … it is not easy to say accuracy but one thing I'm really pretty sure, it is that everyone has something or someone to be grateful. Life is a precious gift to all of us humans. The name we bear today, which was assigned at birth is no coincidence. All have their purposes, whether they are evil or good. This must happen to fulfill all righteousness.

    Alex Gabriel V.

  • Alex Gabriel Vu says:

    Well … it is not easy to say accuracy but one thing I'm really pretty sure, it is that everyone has something or someone to be grateful. Life is a precious gift to all of us humans. The name we bear today, which was assigned at birth is no coincidence. All have their purposes, whether they are evil or good. This must happen to fulfill all righteousness.

    Alex Gabriel V.

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  • The most influential teachers in my life:

    > Joel S. Goldsmith
    > Ernest Holmes
    > Eric Butterworth
    > Parmahansa Yogananda
    > Roy Eugene Davis
    > G. Charles Andersen

    …and everyone I have met throughout my life who have taught me the importance of living in alignment with my values, vision, beliefs and purpose by their demonstrations.

    That is what has lead me to create my websites and communities to share these insights, ideas and inspiration.

    Thanks for asking. It's always joyful to remember my teachers!

  • The most influential teachers in my life:

    > Joel S. Goldsmith
    > Ernest Holmes
    > Eric Butterworth
    > Parmahansa Yogananda
    > Roy Eugene Davis
    > G. Charles Andersen

    …and everyone I have met throughout my life who have taught me the importance of living in alignment with my values, vision, beliefs and purpose by their demonstrations.

    That is what has lead me to create my websites and communities to share these insights, ideas and inspiration.

    Thanks for asking. It's always joyful to remember my teachers!

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