Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield III
Jack Canfield.jpg
Born (1944-08-19) August 19, 1944 (age 72)
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Motivational speaker, author
Known for Chicken Soup for the Soul series
Website www.jackcanfield.com

Jack Canfield (born August 19, 1944[1][2]) is an American author, motivational speaker,[3] seminar leader, 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][5] 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 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]

Famous quotes[edit]

"Crush your fears like stone turns into dust. Then water that dust and make cement. With that cement: build an empire."

"You are not what others think you are. You are yourself and there's only one of you."

"Flying would be possible, if we had wings. Your dreams are your wings. Dream and go do what no other man could do: fly."

"The absolute goal of life is affluence. Desire wealth the way Gandhi wanted peace."

"Whistle your needs in the ear of the universe, the universe will sing that melody to the world, and the world might just dance for you."

"The entire universe was built for you to say your orders. Most people forget that in their lives, then they pass away and become part of that universe, waiting in their turn to serve whoever will be brave enough to command his desires to the universe. Speak up, now."

"'The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind' said the singer Bob Dylan. I say, let the wind blow you."

Career[edit]

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.[6] He ran a residential Gestalt center called the New England Center for Personal and Organizational Development[7] 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][8] 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.[8] In 2006 Canfield was featured in a self-development film called The Secret.[8] 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.[9] 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.[13]

The Success Principles[edit]

In his book The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.[9] Jack Canfield has collected what he asserts to be 64 essential lessons for attaining goals and creating a successful life. The book is divided into six sections: The Fundamentals of Success, Transform Yourself for Success, Build Your Success Team, Create Successful Relationships, Success and Money, and Success Starts Now. These principles include the fundamentals, such as "Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life", "Decide What You Want", and "Believe It’s Possible", as well as those aimed at creating better relationships, such as "Keep Your Agreements", and "Speak with impeccability," and "Tell the Truth Faster." Canfield also presents ideas that he claims can create success with money, build a successful team, and how to overcome procrastination and get started.

In the traditions of Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, Earl Nightingale and Maxwell Maltz Canfield emphasizes the importance of focusing on a vision and using visualization, i.e. the act of creating compelling and vivid pictures in one's mind, in order to achieve one's goals.[4]:81–89 Canfield cites neuropsychologists who study expectancy theory to support his view on the significance of visualization:

Scientists used to believe that humans responded to information flowing into the brain from the outside world. But today, they're learning that instead we respond to what the brain, based on previous experience, expects to happen next. In fact, the mind is such a powerful instrument; it can deliver literally everything you want. But you have to believe that what you want is possible... Through a lifetime's worth of events, our brain actually learns what to expect next—whether it eventually happens that way or not. And because our brain expects something will happen a certain way, we often achieve exactly what we anticipate.[4]:35–36

In January 2015 a 10th anniversary, revised and updated, edition of Jack Canfield's Success Principles came out. The new edition is meant to reflect changing times and address challenges and opportunities that define our digital age. The revised edition includes a new section "Success in the Digital Age" that explains how to brand oneself with an online persona, use social media in a way that enhances one's reputation, and how organize crowdfunding to finance projects.[14]:499–539

Teaching & public influence[edit]

In July 2009, DoPeace[15] 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 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]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Unknown author. "Jack Canfield Biography". Business Leaders: Jack Canfield Biography. Woopidoo! Biographies. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  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 c d 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. ^ a b c d biography.jrank.org, Famous Authors Vol 17, Jack Canfield, accessed 02-14-2009
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Starkweather, Llan (January 2008). Earth Without Polarity. The Wizard. p. 206. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ 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.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ a b Canfield, Jack; Switzer, Janet (2006). "The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be". Amazon.com. William Morrow Paperbacks. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  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, pp. 2D, 31 October 2013 
  13. ^ "Amazon.com: chicken soup for the soul books canfield - Chicken Soup for the Soul / Paperback: Books". amazon.com. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  14. ^ Canfield, Jack; Switzer, Janet (2015). "The Success Principles - 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be". Amazon.com. William Morrow Paperbacks. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "DoPeace"

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