Jack Canfield began his career in 1967 as a teacher in Chicago, Illinois. He also worked at the Clinton Job Corps Center lowa and the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation in Chicago.Jack Canfield is an American author , motivational speaker , seminar leader, corporate trainer , and entrepreneur.
He is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soulseries, which has more than 250 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages. Also, In 2005 Jack Canfield co-authored with Janet SwitzerThe Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to.
Jack Canfield is also the founder and CEO of The Canfield Training Group and the founder of The Foundation for Self-Esteem.
In addition, Jack Canfield hosts a radio program and writes a globally syndicated newspaper column.
It’s also interesting to know that Jack Canfield holds a Guinness World Record for having seven books on the New York Times best-seller list at the same time. In 2006 , Jack Canfield was featured in a Self-development film called The Secret.
1. “Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”
2. “There are essentially two things that will make you wise — the books you read and the people you meet.”
3. “You only have control over 3 things in your life – the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take.”
4. “Keep in mind that part of growing up is dealing with difficult issues, and the benefits can be great if you have the courage to ask for help. Human beings are not designed to go through life alone. No one has to bear the burden of tough times all by themselves.”
5. “Each day is an adventure in discovering the meaning of life. It is each little thing that you do that day – whether it be spending time with your friends, running in a cross-country meet or just simply staring at the crashing ocean- that holds the key to discovering the meaning of life.
6. “ We may never really discover the meaning of life, but the knowledge we gain in our quest to discover it is truly more valuable. ”
7. “Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.”
8. “By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you.
9. “Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.”
10. “One of life’s fundamental truths states, ‘Ask and you shall receive.’ As kids we get used to asking for things, but somehow we lose this ability in adulthood. We come up with all sorts of excuses and reasons to avoid any possibility of criticism or rejection.”
11. “The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success.”
13. “I generally find that comparison is the fast track to unhappiness. No one ever compares themselves to someone else and comes out even. Nine times out of ten, we compare ourselves to people who are somehow better than us and end up feeling more inadequate.”
14. “People who ask confidently get more than those who are hesitant and uncertain. When you’ve figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness and confidence. Don’t be shy or feel intimidated by the experience. You may face some unexpected criticism, but be prepared for it with confidence.”
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15. “One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Gandhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes.”
16. “It’s not an accident that musicians become musicians and engineers become engineers: it’s what they’re born to do.
17. “ If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily.”
18. “Life is simply a connect-the-dots game, and all the dots have already been identified and organized by somebody else. All you have to do is follow the blueprint, use the system, or work the program that they provide.”
19. “Remember, you and you alone are responsible for maintaining your energy.
20. “Give up blaming, complaining and excuse making, and keep taking action in the direction of your goals – however mundane or lofty they may be.”
21. “Words, especially when yelled in anger, can be very damaging to a child’s self-confidence. The child probably already feels bad enough just from seeing the consequences of his or her behavior.
22. “Our sons and daughters don’t need more guilt and self-doubt heaped upon their already wounded egos.”
23. “I believe that people make their own luck by great preparation and good strategy.”
24. “Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable. Lovable means I feel people want to be with me. They invite me to parties; they affirm I have the qualities necessary to be included. Feeling capable is knowing that I can produce a result. It’s knowing I can handle anything that life hands me.”
25. “When you really need help, people will respond. Sincerity means dropping the image facade and showing a willingness to be vulnerable. Tell it the way it is, lumps and all. Don’t worry if your presentation isn’t perfect; ask from your heart. Keep it simple, and people will open up to you.
26. “Switching from one career to another can be scary, but it also can be a thrilling experience. Look at it as an opportunity to really go after what you want to accomplish in life and make a difference in the world. The key is to take small, conscious steps and prepare yourself for a successful transition.”
27. “Leaders cannot work in a vacuum. They may take on larger, seemingly more important roles in an organization, but this does not exclude them from asking for and using feedback. In fact, a leader arguably needs feedback more so than anyone else. It’s what helps a leader respond appropriately to events in pursuit of successful outcomes.”
28. “If you go to a tree with an ax and take five whacks at the tree every day, it doesn’t matter if it’s an oak or a redwood; eventually the tree has to fall down.”
29. “Decide what you want. Believe you can have it. Believe you deserve it and believe it’s possible for you. And then close your eyes and every day for several minutes, and visualize having what you already want, feeling the feelings of already having it. Come out of that and focus on what you’re grateful for already, and really enjoy it. Then go into your day and release it to the Universe and trust that the Universe will figure out how to manifest it. “
30. “As you take a few minutes each day to quiet your mind, you will discover a nice benefit: your everyday, “ordinary” life will begin to seem far more extraordinary. Little things that previously went unnoticed will begin to please you. You’ll be more easily satisfied, and happier all around.
31. “We are God’s gift to each other. Like a master composer, He brings all the instruments together, each with a different tone, each playing a different part, and He makes it turn out so beautifully.”
32. “A couple in love is like a pair of scissors. Two useless pieces of metal, until they are inextricably connected at the core so that they can move together as one and accomplish great things.”
33. “The true task of spiritual life is not found in faraway places or unusual states of consciousness. It is here in the present. It asks of us a welcoming spirit to greet all that life presents to us with a wise, respectful, and kindly heart.
34. “We can bow to both beauty and suffering, to our entanglements and confusion, to our fears and to the injustices of the world. Honoring the truth in this way is the path to freedom.”
35. “You, too, can get from where you are to where you want to be if you’ll just trust that if you lean into it, the path will appear. Sometimes it will be like driving through the fog, where you can only see the road 10 yards ahead of you. But if you keep moving forward, more of the road will be revealed, and eventually, you will arrive at the goal.”
36. “An important part of any focusing regimen is to set aside time at the end of the day – just before going to sleep – to acknowledge your successes, review your goals, focus on your successful future, and make specific plans for what you want to accomplish the next day.”
37. “I used to define success as being able to produce any result you wanted, whether it was a relationship, weight-loss, being a millionaire, impacting the culture, changing society, whatever it might be – it might be homelessness, whatever – and lately, I’ve redefined success as ‘fulfilling your soul’s purpose.”
38. “Know your priorities and identify the five powerful action steps that you intend to take to move your initiatives forward each day. If you go to a tree with an ax and take five whacks at the tree every day, it doesn’t matter if it’s an oak or a redwood; eventually, the tree has to fall down.”
39. “Living each day as if it were your last doesn’t mean your last day of retirement on a remote island. It means to live fully, authentically and spontaneously with nothing being held back.”
40. “Write your goals down in detail and read your list of goals every day. Some goals may entail a list of shorter goals. Losing a lot of weight, for example, should include mini-goals, such as 10-pound milestones. This will keep your subconscious mind focused on what you want step by step.”
41. “Leaders cannot work in a vacuum. They may take on larger, seemingly more important roles in an organization, but this does not exclude them from asking for and using feedback. In fact, a leader arguably needs feedback more so than anyone else. It’s what helps a leader respond appropriately to events in pursuit of successful outcomes.”
42. “TAKE ACTION Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ABRAHAM LINCOLN Sixteenth president of the United States what we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.”
43. “Crush your fears like stone turns into dust. Then water that dust and make cement. With that cement: build an empire.”
44. “You are not what others think you are. You are yourself and there’s only one of you.”
45. “Flying would be possible, if we had wings. Your dreams are your wings. Dream and go do what no other man could do: fly.”
46. “The absolute goal of life is affluence. Desire wealth the way Gandhi wanted peace.”
47. “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.”
48. “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.”
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