Robert Collier was an American self-help author. His most famous work is The Secret of the Ages (1926). The book consists of 7 volumes, each addressing a different aspect of life and success. Collier's writings often focused on the power of positive thinking and the ability of individuals to shape their destinies.
Robert Collier was born in New York City. He attended St. Francis College, later transferred to Georgetown University, and graduated in 1894, winning the Merrick Medal from the Philodemic Society. Collier also received the degree of A. B. from Georgetown University and spent two years at Harvard and Oxford University.
Collier's career began with his collaboration with his father's publishing business. Peter Fenelon Collier managed Collier's Weekly, a magazine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This exposure to the publishing industry provided Robert Collier with insights into writing, marketing, and connecting with a broad audience.
After his father's death, he became head of the company and sometimes was editor of Collier's Weekly.
Throughout his career, Robert Collier wrote numerous books, pamphlets, and articles, primarily targeting readers interested in self-improvement and personal success.
His most notable book, The Secret of the Ages, explored the concept of the Law of Attraction, emphasizing that thoughts and beliefs have the power to manifest one's desires.
Collier believed that by harnessing the power of the mind and maintaining a positive mindset, individuals could succeed in all areas of their lives. His writings blended metaphysical concepts, practical advice, and inspirational anecdotes to motivate and empower readers.
Robert Collier was also president of the Aero Club of America and an aviation and polo enthusiast.
Collier passed away in 1950, but his influence and legacy endure.