The Success Principles
Jack Canfield
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The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
Jack Canfield with Jane Switzer
512 pages
December 2004
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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I guess I have to say it, but if there is only one self-help book you ever need, Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles is it. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to improve your life, health, finances and relationships is packed into this big, thick manual for living the life of your dreams. Though some self-help devotees may cringe at the repetition of many old stories and themes from other famed self-help books (ef I hear one more time about how Les Brown or Jeffrey Arch made it, I will scream- these stories appear in EVERY motivational book I’ve read!!!), most will agree that it is rather nice to have all the tips, techniques, anecdotes, interviews and stories of success in one place.

Canfield is, of course, half the power behind the Chicken Soup for the Soul empire, and he knows his stuff when it comes to motivating himself and others to succeed. His principles number sixty-four in total, and each chapter is chockful of wonderfully inspiring stuff that will find resonance with any reader looking to take his or her life to the next level. Included are the steps themselves, all of which we have heard about before but could sure use the reminding, and there are plenty of ideas on how those steps can best be applied to your own life. Everything is covered, from career to family and relationships to your relationship with money, to spirituality and finding purpose, to health and well-being. You got an issue? Forget the tissue, just find the chapter you need and read away!

Written with Janet Switzer, who also helped to create the Success Principles website,, which also contains tons of helpful ideas, downloads and chapter excerpts, The Success Principles combines the knowledge, wisdom and insight of all the top self-help experts, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, Les Brown and others who are quoted throughout the book. Canfield pulls it all together in an easy-to-use, step-by-step guide that can be read all at once, or examined one chapter at a time for optimum use, because, let me warn you, there is so much to learn and try and do here that one chapter at a time may be all your brain can accept!

The quotes and cartoons peppered throughout add a light touch to this serious but breezy book that may intimidate some with its size, but rest assured that if you take success one step, and one principle, at a time, you, too can achieve the life of your dreams. If you only buy one book this year that will help propel you out of your rut and into a better life, let The Success Principles be the one, because chances are good you will find the best of any other books on the market right here, right now.

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