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The Success Principles(TM): How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Paperback – December 26, 2006
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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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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This is a game changer for anyone who is READY to elevate to their potential and is tired of the mundane thinking of, "I guess this is how it is going to be, and I just have to accept it". NO MORE!! - Get on it, get moving, and ACT on it!! I'm half way through the book and these principles ARE doable and obtainable. As stated through the book, the principles don't do it themselves, YOU have to practice using them. However, he has it broken-down into manageable steps for you to follow. Whereas, some other authors don't help the "beginner", like me, to simply put into simple use.
The next paragraph is not from the book but Im inspired to share anyway:
You are either "ready" or "not ready", just as with anything in this life; there are choices that you make even when you "think" you are not. By not making a choice - you actually just made one. Don't fool yourself into believing the lies of the world. You are worthy, you are good enough and your Heavenly Father is pursuing you constantly. If anything, seek TRUTH...and your journey will begin there.
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.
“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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