Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield III
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Born (1944-08-19) August 19, 1944 (age 71)
Fort Worth, Texas
Nationality United States
Occupation Motivational speaker, author

Jack Canfield (born August 19, 1944[1][2]) is an American author, motivational speaker,[3] seminar leader, corporate trainer, and entrepreneur.[4] He is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has more than 250 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages.[3][5] In 2005 Canfield co-authored with Janet Switcher The Success Principles: How to Get From Where you are to Where You Want to Be.[6]

Early Life and education[edit]

Canfield was born in Fort Worth, Texas on August 19, 1944. He spent his teen years in Wheeling West Virginia and graduated from the Linsly Military Institute in 1962.[1] Canfield received an A.B. in Chinese History from Harvard University in 1966.[1] He received his M.Ed. in 1973 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[1] Canfield received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Santa Monica in 1981.[5]


Canfield began his career in 1967 when he taught a year of high school in Chicago, Illinois. He worked at the Clinton Job Corps Center in Iowa and the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation in Chicago.[5] In 1976 Canfield co-authored 100 ways to enhance self-concept in the classroom: A handbook for teachers and parents.[7] He ran a Gestalt center called the New England Center for Personal and Organizational Development[8] and was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America (TOYA) by the U.S. Jaycees in 1978[5]

Canfield is the founder and CEO of The Canfield Training Group in Santa Barbara, California and founder of The Foundation for Self-Esteem in Culver City, California.[1][9] Canfield hosts a radio program and writes a globally syndicated newspaper column.[1] He holds a Guinness Book world record for having seven books on the New York Times best-seller list at the same time.[9] Canfield co-authored The Success Principles and was featured in a self-help film called The Secret.[9] His best known books include: The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, and Dare to Win.[1] In 2005 Canfield co-authored The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a founding member of the Transformational Leadership Council.[10][11]

Chicken Soup for the Soul[edit]

Canfield coauthored Chicken Soup for the Soul with Mark Victor Hansen in 1993. According to USA Today, Chicken Soup for the Soul was the third best-selling book in the United States during the mid-1990s.[12] Canfield later co-authored dozens of additional books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.[citation needed]

Teaching & Public Influence[edit]

In July 2009, DoPeace[13] and MaestroConference co-hosted a Social Conferencing Event titled Being a Practical Visionary. Canfield was one of the expert speakers on personal growth.

Personal life[edit]

Canfield married in 1971 and had four children before he got divorced in 1976. A few years later he remarried and had a fifth child. He divorced in 1999 and married for a third time in 2001.[1]


  • Canfield, Jack, and Mark Victor Hansen. 1993. Chicken Soup for the Soul. Deerfield Beach: Health Communications.
  • Canfield, Jack, and Janet Switzer. 2005. The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. New York: Harper Element.
  • Canfield, Jack, and Mark Victor Hansen. 1995. The Aladdin Factor. New York: Berkley Book.
  • Canfield, Jack, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt. 2000. The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty. Deerfield Beach: Health Communications.
  • Canfield, Jack, and D.D. Watkins. 2007. Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams. Deerfield Beach: Health Communications.
  • Canfield, Jack. 2007. Maximum Confidence: Ten Secrets of Extreme Self-Esteem. Audio CD – Audiobook. New York: Simon & Schuster Audio/Nightingale-Conant.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Unknown author. "Jack Canfield biography". http://www.woopidoo.com/biography/jack-canfield/index.htm. Woopidoo. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jack Canfield". Contemporary Authors Online. Gale. August 31, 2006. Retrieved on February 13, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Denning, Steve (28 April 2011), "How Chicken Soup For the Soul Dramatically Expanded Its Brand", Forbes, retrieved 1 February 2012 
  4. ^ Canfield, Jack; Switzer, Janet (2005). The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Harper Element. p. 453. ISBN 0007195087. 
  5. ^ a b c d biography.jrank.org, Famous Authors Vol 17, Jack Canfield, accessed 02-14-2009
  6. ^ Canfield, Jack; Switzer, Janet (2005). The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Harper Element. ISBN 0007195087. 
  7. ^ Saul Cooper, Richard Munger, Mark M. Ravlin, Mental health prevention through affective education in schools, The Journal of Prevention, Volume 1, Issue 1 , pp 24-34
  8. ^ Starkweather, Llan (January 2008). Earth Without Polarity. The Wizard. p. 206. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Suttle, Marilyn (2009). Who's Your Gladys?: How to Turn Even the Most Difficult Customer into Your. New York: AMACOM. pp. 17–23. Retrieved July 2014. 
  10. ^ Unknown author and date [1] TLC Official web site
  11. ^ Ellis, Doug (2011). Transformational Leadership Council. Vol. II. San Francisco: Blurb Publishing. 
  12. ^ "USA Today", USA Today, 31 October 2013: 2D 
  13. ^ "DoPeace”

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