Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield.jpg
Born (1944-08-19) August 19, 1944 (age 78)
OccupationMotivational speaker, author
Known forChicken Soup for the Soul series
Judith Ohlbaum
(m. 1971; div. 1976)

Georgia Lee Noble
(m. 1978; div. 1999)

Inga Marie Mahoney
(m. 2001)

Jack Canfield (born August 19, 1944[1][2]) is an American author, motivational speaker,[3] corporate trainer, and entrepreneur.[4]: 453  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] In 2005 Canfield co-authored with Janet Switzer The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.[4]

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 his B.A. 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.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed] In 1976 Canfield co-authored 100 Ways to Enhance Self-Concept in the Classroom.[5] He ran a residential Gestalt center called the New England Center for Personal and Organizational Development[6] and was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America (TOYA) by the U.S. Jaycees in 1978.[citation needed]

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][7] Canfield hosts a radio program and writes a globally syndicated newspaper column.[1] He holds a Guinness World Record for having seven books on the New York Times best-seller list at the same time.[7] In 2006 Canfield was featured in a self-development film called The Secret.[7] 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.[8] He is a founding member of the Transformational Leadership Council.[9][10]

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.[11] Canfield later co-authored dozens of additional books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.[12]

The Success Principles[edit]

In his book The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be,[8] Jack Canfield has collected what he asserts to be 67 essential principles for attaining goals and creating a successful life.

Personal life[edit]

Canfield married Judith Ohlbaum in 1971 and they had two sons together, Oran and Kyle, before divorcing in 1976.[13] Canfield left the family and moved in with a masseuse in 1976, while his wife was pregnant with their second son.[14] His son Oran has written two memoirs, Freefall: The Strange True Life Growing Up Adventures of Oran Canfield[15] and Long Past Stopping: A Memoir.[16]

In 1978, he married Georgia Lee Noble, with whom he had one son, Christopher.[13] They divorced in 1999. He married Inga Marie Mahoney in 2001, and is stepfather to her children, Travis and Riley.[1][13]


  • Canfield, Jack, and Mark Victor Hansen. 1993. Chicken Soup for the Soul. Deerfield Beach: Health Communications. ISBN 161159913X
  • Canfield, Jack, and Mark Victor Hansen. 1995. The Aladdin Factor. New York: Berkley Book. ISBN 9780425150757
  • 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. ISBN 0757316026
  • 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. ISBN 0062912895
  • 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.
  • Canfield, Jack. 2008. The Success Principles for Teens: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. HCI Teens; Illustrated edition. ISBN 0757307272
  • Canfield, Jack and Pamela Bruner, 2013. Tapping Into Ultimate Success: How to Overcome Any Obstacle and Skyrocket Your Results. Hay House Inc. ISBN 1401939562
  • Canfield, Jack and Peter Chee, 2013. Coaching for Breakthrough Success: Proven Techniques for Making Impossible Dreams Possible. McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 0071804633
  • Canfield, Jack, and Janet Switzer. 2015. The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be 10th Anniversary Edition. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 0723247919
  • Canfield, Jack, 2016. 30-Day Sobriety Solution: How To Cut Back Or Quit Drinking In The Privacy Of Your Own Home. Atria Books. ISBN 1476792968
  • Canfield, Jack, 2017. Success Affirmations: 52 Weeks for Living a Passionate and Purposeful Life. Health Communications Inc. ISBN 0757320120
  • Canfield, Jack, 2019. The Ultimate Jack Canfield Library: Create the Life You Desire (Audio Book). Nightingale-Conant. ASIN B07PXH4ZCR


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Unknown author. "Jack Canfield Biography". Business Leaders: Jack Canfield Biography. Woopidoo! Biographies. Archived from the original on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  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. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Starkweather, Llan (January 2008). Earth Without Polarity. The Wizard. p. 206. ISBN 9780615159898. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  7. ^ 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. ISBN 9780814414415. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Canfield, Jack; Switzer, Janet (2006). The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. William Morrow Paperbacks. ISBN 0060594896.
  9. ^ Unknown author and date [1] TLC Official web site
  10. ^ Ellis, Doug (2011). Transformational Leadership Council. Vol. II. San Francisco: Blurb Publishing.
  11. ^ "USA Today", USA Today, pp. 2D, 31 October 2013
  12. ^ "Amazon.com: chicken soup for the soul books canfield - Chicken Soup for the Soul / Paperback: Books". amazon.com. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  13. ^ a b c Crosby, Christine (2014-07-02). "Jack Canfield - Chicken Soup For Grandfather's Soul". Grand Magazine. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  14. ^ "Daddy dearest: The son of a self-help guru reveals all". The Independent. 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  15. ^ Turner, Christopher (2010-01-16). "Oran Canfield: My childhood in freefall". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  16. ^ "Oran Canfield". HarperCollins Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2020-07-14.

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