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The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Hardcover – December 28, 2004
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If there's anyone qualified to write a self-help book on success, it's Jack Canfield, who's worked his way from scraping by as a teacher to holding a Guinness world record for having seven books simultaneously on The New York Times® Best Sellers list.
As a coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, he's sold more than 80 million books, and now lives "in a beautiful California estate" with his days of dining on spaghetti and tomato paste long behind him. "All you have to do is decide what it is you want, believe you deserve it, and practice the principles in this book," he says, and success is yours.
His advice is straightforward (examples: "reject rejection" and "surround yourself with successful people"), but rather derivative, with quotes from the likes of JFK, Colin Powell, Aldous Huxley, and fellow motivation author Napoleon Hill.Canfield's definition of success is primarily monetary, and he includes plenty of anecdotes depicting average folks who saved themselves from the brink of bankruptcy after following his principles. He could tone down the braggadocio; readers don't need to know that he's stayed in resorts in Hawaii, Italy, Australia, and Morocco. Despite those gripes, his cheerleader-caliber enthusiasm should benefit anyone looking to improve their lot in life. --Erica Jorgensen
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Jack Canfield, creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, reveals secrets to success with 64 timeless principles in The Success Principles. Get a successful start right now and watch a video featuring Jack Canfield and his words of wisdom on how to transform your life, how to take responsibility, and why his new book is suited for everyone.
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When it comes to success, Canfield knows of what he speaks: he is co-creator, with Mark Victor Hansen, of the seemingly endless Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He presents 64 success principles that he claims "always work"—and draws on his own experience and that of others to illustrate them. Sixty-four principles may seem like a lot, but each receives a concise, easy-to-digest chapter that challenges readers to risk creating their lives exactly as they want them. Many of the principles are familiar—e.g., "Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life"—but Canfield has a nifty way of summarizing them ("Reject rejection"), and some are inventive: "Become an Inverse Paranoid" means see the world as out to help you instead of out to get you. He also offers specific techniques, such as positive-thinking exercises and visualizations. A section on transformation provides even more on how to overcome self-defeating beliefs, fears and habits. Further sections offer principles on building good teams and better relationships at the office. Canfield acknowledges his predecessors in the success advice field, such as Napoleon Hill, and is also clear that while he gives information, motivation, and inspiration, readers must contribute their own hard work. Canfield's energy and enthusiasm bounce off the page; many will flock to this inspiring (and very rich) teacher. And those starting off in business or in need of a refresher course may consider this title required reading.
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More importantly, I learned to unlock the potential that was hidden inside me all along. I learned to feel the fear and do it anyway. I learn to ask for what I wanted, embrace new opportunities, seek out and mentor others, and take 100% responsibility for my life. My only regret is that I didn't find out about and start reading this book much, much earlier in my life.
I read this book 5 years ago. My life will never be the same, but you cant just read it you have to apply the methods to your life and take action.
My results thus far thanks in part to this book:
Met and married a wonderful person
Quadrupled my income
Cut my time working in half
Started giving back to the community
Im closer to my family
Bought a new home
Paid off my car
This book can and will change your life if you apply what you learn in it.
1) Stop blaming anyone or anything else for your current situation. Take full responsibility using the following equation
E + R = O. (E)vents + your (R)response to them = the Outcome.
2) Determine what you would like to specifically achieve and begin to visualize and affirm it every day.
3) Take the required action to make it happen
This book is meant to be read and then referred to like a manual for your success.
“It’s amazing what happens to your self-confidence when you get eyeball to eyeball with yourself and you forcefully tell yourself what you’re going to do. Whatever your dream is, look at yourself in the mirror and declare that you are indeed going to achieve it—no matter what the price.”
~ Jack Canfield from The Success Principles
You probably know Jack Canfield as the creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series or maybe you caught him on The Secret. He’s been living these “Success Principles” for the last several decades and his life is a demonstration of their power.
There’s a LOT of mojo in this book.
It’s kinda funny to do a PhilosophersNote on it because it’s essentially one (really!) Big Idea after another. In fact, I could prolly write at least 50 Notes on these “Success Principles”… but that’d kinda defeat the purpose of these Notes.
So, I trust you’ll enjoy and, if you’re feelin’ it, I *HIGHLY* recommend you get the book. (I first listened to it and then read it on my Kindle—both ways rock. :)
Here are some of the Big Ideas:
1. Push-Ups - Do your own!
2. Principle #1 - Take 100% responsibility.
3. Principle #2 - Be clear why you’re here.
4. Make an “I Want” List - So waddya want?
5. It’s All About Attitude - How’s yours?
All great things take time. Let’s keep that in mind as we become inverse paranoids who live on purpose, know what we want, do our push-ups and enjoy the success that is our destiny,
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