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The Success Principles by Jack Canfield: My Review

Updated on June 16, 2011

How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

I bought the book The Success Principles - How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to be by Jack Canfield on August 1, 2008 when I resigned from my job to become a stay at home mom. Earning a minimal amount from my small home business, I did not give up on my dream of becoming financially independent so I purchased the book, hoping to find help on working towards that direction. The book has positively influenced not just my financial decisions but other aspects of my life as well. I am constantly working on achieving my life goals, and I am confident I will get there. The Success Principles has become a major source of enlightenment as I work towards improving myself on a daily basis and in the process become a better person. The Success Principles - How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be is a book I am not willing to part with.

This book is dedicated to all those courageous men and women who have ever dared to step out of the dominant culture of resignation and mediocrity and endeavour to create the life of their dreams. I honor and salute you!

-Jack Canfield's Dedication

The Success Principles

The principles always work if you work the principles

About the Author - Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield, born August 19, 1944 is a world-renowned American motivational speaker, author and editor. He is best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series which has nearly 200 titles and 112 million copies in print in over 40 languages. He holds a Guinness world record for having seven books in the New York Times bestseller list on May 24, 1998.

He received a BA in Chinese History in 1966 from Harvard University and a MEd at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1973. In 1978 he was named Outstanding Young Man of America by the U.S. Jaycees. Canfield has worked as a teacher, a workshop facilitator, and a psychotherapist.

Canfield's success list includes appearing on every major talk show in America, speaking to Fortune 500 Companies all over the world and being the recipient of numerous professional and civic awards among others.

The Success Principles:

If you could only read one book this year, you have it in your hands.

-Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times number one best seller Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive

The Success Principles

In one book, The Success Principles gives you the basic strategies for success plus the advanced strategies that will help you become a success master. I have personally learned a lot from Jack Canfield and I trust you will too.

-John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

Inside The Success Principles - A short description of what I found in the book

Jack Canfield's The Success Principles, which he co-authored with Janet Switzer presents 64 principles that is intended to teach the reader how to increase self confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose and realize ambitions. The 64 principles are divided into six sections

  1. The Fundamentals of Success

    Principles 1 to 24

    Lessons on taking 100% responsibility for your life and your results. Learning how to clarify your life purpose, vision and what you truly desire; creating an unshakable belief in yourself, turning vision into concrete goals, creating an action plan, harnessing the power of affirmations and visualization, asking for what you want, rejecting rejection, responding to feedback and perseverance in the face of what appears to be insurmountable obstacles.

  2. Transform Yourself For Success

    Principles 25 to 38

    Lessons and discussions about how to remove mental and emotional blocks that prevent success, the importance and the methodology of removing self-defeating beliefs, fears and habits. Surrounding your self with successful people, acknowledging the positive past, releasing the negative past, embracing change, making a commitment to life-long learning, completing the "incompletes" in your life, transforming your inner critic to an inner coach and developing life transforming habits.

  3. Build Your Success Team

    Principles 39 to 47

    Why and how to build different support teams so you can focus on your core genius. How to redefine time, find a personal coach and access your own inner wisdom.

  4. Create Successful Relationships

    Principles 48 to 55

    Lessons and practical techniques about building and maintaining successful relationships and world class relationship skills.

  5. Success and Money

    Principles 56 to 62

    How to develop a more positive money consciousness, how to have money and live your chosen lifestyle until after retirement and the importance of tithing and service in financial success.

  6. Success Starts Now

    Principles 63 and 64

    The importance of getting started and empowering others.

Nuggets of wisdom from The Success Principles - just a few of my favorite lines/topics

  • Stop settling for less than you want
  • Don't let anyone talk you out of your vision
  • Don't waste your life believing you can't
  • Be prepared when opportunity knocks
  • Be teachable
  • Avoid toxic people
  • Stomp those ants
  • Taking a leap can transform your life
  • Learn virtually anything you want or need to know
  • You get what you focus on
  • You'll get more than you give
  • Be a class act
  • Go the extra mile
  • What were you put on this earth to do?
  • Reward your inner child
  • Ask, and it shall be given to you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds like Jack Canfield's Success Principles can be applied to all our lives, thanks for this review!

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      Chris-H LM 6 years ago

      A good read. I enjoyed it :p

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jack Canfield is awesome. You may also like Brian Tracy ( and the late Jim Rohn ( To your success!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      a good read..loved it.

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      There's just never too much of motivational books. Thanks for sharing :)

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the advice. I'm going to check out Jack Canfield books now.

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      marckq 6 years ago

      @Puckwudgie: Thank you Puckwudgie, you just gave me a power boost!

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      Puckwudgie 6 years ago

      Thanks for the insightful review - it sounds like a great book!