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The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

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Jack Canfield, cocreator of the phenomenal bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, turns to the principles he's studied, taught, and lived for more than 30 years in this practical and inspiring guide that will help any aspiring person get from where they are to where they want to be.

The Success Principlesâ„¢ will teach you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions. Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book spells out the 64 timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history. Taken together and practiced every day, these principles will transform your life beyond your wildest dreams!

Filled with memorable and inspiring stories of CEOs, world-class athletes, celebrities, and everyday people, The Success Principlesâ„¢ will give you the proven blueprint you need to achieve any goal you desire.

512 pages, Paperback

First published December 16, 2004

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Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield is an American motivational speaker and author. He is best known as the co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series, which currently has over 124 titles and 100 million copies in print in over 47 languages. According to USA Today, Canfield and his writing partner, Mark Victor Hansen, were the top-selling authors in the United States in 1997.

Canfield received a BA in Chinese History from Harvard University and a Masters from University of Massachusetts. He has worked as a teacher, a workshop facilitator, and a psychotherapist.

Canfield is the founder of "Self Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara, and "The Foundation for Self Esteem" in Culver City, California. The stated mission of Self Esteem Seminars is to train entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees to achieve their personal and professional goals. The focus of The Foundation for Self Esteem is to train social workers, welfare recipients and human resource professionals.

In 1990,he shared with author Mark Victor Hansen his idea for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. After three years, the two had compiled sixty-eight stories.

Canfield has appeared on numerous television shows, including Good Morning America, 20/20, Eye to Eye, CNN's Talk Back Live, PBS, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Montel Williams Show, Larry King Live and the BBC.

Canfield's most recent book, The Success Principles (2005), shares 64 principles that he claims can make people more successful. In 2006, he appeared in the DVD, "The Secret," and shared his insights on the Law of Attraction and tips for achieving success in personal and professional life.

Jack Canfield was born on August 19, 1944, in Fort Worth, TX. He is the son of Elmer and Ellen (a homemaker; maiden name, Taylor). He attended high school at Linsly Military Institute, Wheeling, WV, 1962. He went to college at Harvard University, B.A., 1966; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, M.Ed., 1973. Canfield married Judith Ohlbaum in 1971 (divorced, November 1976); he married Georgia Lee Noble on September 9, 1978 (divorced, December 1999); he married Inga Marie Mahoney on July 4, 2001; children: (first marriage) Oran, David, Kyle, Dania; (second marriage) Christopher Noble. He is a Democrat and a Christian, and his hobbies include tennis, travel, skiing, running, billiards, reading, and guitar.

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182 reviews87 followers
February 27, 2008
This is an excellent-excellent book. I can't say how much this book really summarizes a lot of what I have read in a number of other books.

Surprisingly, I finished this 435 page monster in one week. I still have the receipt as a bookmark. It is one of the best books I have ever read, but more from an encouragement and support standpoint.

Amazon has had 215 people review the book. 200 of them gave it 5 stars! the other 15 four stars! It was compelling enough for me to start reading the book immediately and I am glad I did.

The front cover is right, if you are to only read one book this year, make this book the one.

I would highly recommend this to anyone ambitious, in sales, or an entrepreneur. It will help get you in the proper mindset to do something big.

If you are to read any book this year. This is the one!
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Author 22 books98 followers
January 4, 2009
I'm a great fan of self-help books. I read lots of them, enthusiastically, hoping for even one insight that will make me a better person. Canfield's (The Chicken Soup author) offering in the genre is the dumbest self-help book I've ever read. There are 65 principles for success in it, an absurd number that virtually guarantees that you'll never be able to follow any of them. And every single one is a cliche. To write this book, he must have gone to the bookstore, bought every self-help book he could get his hands on, and then proceeded to take every recommendation in every tome and paste them all together. Don't waste your money.
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108 reviews62 followers
October 3, 2012
Let me tell you what I didn’t like about this book:

1) The name dropping stories will (and in some cases already are) dated. This book will not hold up over the years. He talks about people, TV Shows, movies etc, that in 75 years, no one will know what they are or who they were. I had this problem when I read Napoleon Hill’s books. Stuff that was a normal mind set when he wrote the books are no longer applicable. This caused me to grow frustrated while reading it.

2) The later principles talk about financial success. Where the information is sound, it doesn’t work for everyone. It is not a blanket approach. He says “Don’t think you can’t do it”. Well, let me see, if I save 50% of my paycheck in a savings account what will I be? Rich? No I’d be homeless. If you make $100K a year, then this is a possibility. If you make $40K a year, live in NYC and have a kid in college along with being a single parent, saving 50% of your check is not something you should be doing.

3) A lot of regurgitated information. Most of the stuff in the earlier chapters I’ve read or heard about over the last 20 years. There is no new information in here.

4) Too much book plugging for his “Chicken Soup for The Soul” books. We get it. You made money with these books. You had a million dollar idea…blah blah blah.

Let me tell you what I did like about this book:

1) I listened to the audio version so it was abridged. I do have the physical copy, but I don’t think I’ll be reading that any time soon.

2) There is some good information in here for those who are new to Jack Canfield and or this way of thinking. If you have been a student of manifesting and metaphysics for a while, this book will be too elementary.

3) I did like his principle on how you can self educate yourself. People think schooling is the only way to get ahead. Don’t get me wrong, it sure helps, but you can learn things by reading or watching educational TV or films. Or you can talk to people who can stimulate your thought process. He talks about staying away from negative people and those who will pull you down.

4) He did mention Stephen King.

And I do understand that this is not an instant fix. It should take years and years to master these principles. This is a great book for a 25 year old. For a 50 year old who has kids in college and gets paid minimum wage…not so helpful (financial info). Although we can all have a successful mindset, and because of that, this book has merit.

This book was not very motivational for me.
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49 reviews8 followers
July 20, 2021
This is the most inspiring motivational/self-help book I've read to date. I love Canfield's simple, precise writing - not a word is wasted. This book is one of those books where you start referring to your life in terms of "before I read the book" and "after I read the book." There are no earth shattering revelations in here, per se; what is great about this book is Canfield's effectiveness in telling you what you already knew in a way that makes you suddenly, finally, take note.
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10 reviews
May 30, 2013
Reading Sucks! That's what I used to think Before I've read this book.
This Book completely Changed my life. I've never read a book in my life and took so much action towards change in my personality and my future success. As I read the SIXTY-FOUR principles, I never ran across a statement or a belief that I didn't find true. The ones that I did question worked ONE-HUNDRED Percent of the time.
Before I read this book I was quiet, timid, and quiet frankly angry all of the time. I hated anything and everything, all day and everyday. I also had the tendency to blame others for my problems.
Even when I first bought this book, I never gave the thought to open it.I just bought it and then tossed it aside. One day, my brother saw the book laying somewhere in my room (which I don't know where) and began to read the first couple pages.
"This book is probably the best book you have ever written." Was the first words my brother said to me after only reading the pages before the first chapter even begun.
Obviously, after that situation, I gave the book a try and never put the book down since. Now I am motivated to read everyday, look for the bright side of life, and take full responsibility of my success and failure.

If you never buy Educational/Self-Help books this book is definitely worth reading. I hated reading, but after reading this book I realized that there are thousands of books there for everyone. You just haven't found one yet.
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116 reviews52 followers
September 7, 2012
كتاب رائع للغاية وبه العديد من النصائح الثمينة والقصص المفيدة واليكم مقتطفات من هذا الكتاب العظيم
-تحمل مسؤولية حياتك بنسبة 100%
-عليك ان تكف عن القاء اللوم
-اما ان تصنع كل ما يحدث لك واما ان تسمح لكل ما يحدث لك بان يحدث لك
-تعرف بوضوح على اسباب وجودك في الحياة
-إقرأ اهدافك كل صباح
-عليك ان تكف عن قول لا استطيع
-لا شأن لك بما يعتقده الاخرون فيك
-اقرأ اهدافك 3 مرات يوميا اقرأ اقرا بحماس واغمض عينيك وتخيل كل هدف وكأنك حققته
-ضع أكثر أهدافك أهمية في محفظتك
-بعد كتابة اهدافك اكتب بعض الخطوات في قائمة مهامك تسهل وصولك لتلك الاهداف
-قسم الاهداف الكبيرة الى اجزاء صغيرة
-لتتمكن الاهداف الكبيرة الى خطوات صغيره اسال اشخاص حققوا بالفعل هذه الاهداف
-حدد الاشياء الخمسة التي ينبغي انجازها في اليوم وحدد الشيئ الذي عليك أن تنجزه اولا
-في كل ليله اكتب مهام الغد
-غير سلوكك بحيث تخرج من منطقة الراحة الخاصة بك
-غير حديث الذات باستخدام التوكيدات
-تخيل ما تريده وحقق ما تتخيله
-ان العالم لا يدفع لك اجرا مقابل ما تعرفه ولكن يدقع لك اجرا مقابل ما تفعله
-قد تاتي بعض الفرص لهؤلاء الذين ينتظرون لكنها لا تكون الا الفرص التي ترفع عنها المبادرون
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9 reviews3 followers
January 17, 2009
Jack Canfield has positivity in his hands and molds it to help him through all of his goals. He has not only made millions of peoples dreams come true by helping to motivate them, but has now put his knowledge of success in one book. The other inspiring part of this book is how he has managed to paraphrase other important and standard self-help and motivational books and condensed the most important parts in his own. He keeps you going with every page. I would stay up to 3am reading, and recently a friend that I recommended this book to was so moved they woke up at 5am to continue reading on. Since reading it I have meet only seriously positive and ambitious people and I have started noticing more books and readings around town (I picked up a local paper that was for women by women and it was centered around goals and positivity) (Hello, Law of Attraction anyone?) and it just keeps surrounding me. Opportunities are opening up with the great new friends I have met. I recommend this to EVERYONE! It's a must read.
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394 reviews404 followers
November 4, 2018
I listened to this on audio and thought it was engaging and filled with inspiring principles. There are many, many principles to choose from so it's an easy, adaptable way to pick and choose what you want to incorporate more of in your life
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168 reviews50 followers
August 14, 2011
If you're a self help book reader (like me), this book didn't really provide anything new or breakthrough. You probably know everything already.

Why aren't we successful yet, then? Maybe we forgot the principles, or we got sidetracked by other things? I questioned whether I'm that person who prayed to win a lottery but never actually buy the ticket.

This book helped in evaluating what you already did, what you could've done, and what you could change. It's a gentle kind of book, providing many heart warming examples. Examples that made you think if they can do it, surely you can do it too. It doesn't force you to do every single 25 steps at one time, take it at your own pace, but make sure to be persistent.

Being successful doesn't happen overnight. I imagine it's like turning water to steam. You put a lot of heat to it and you see nothing. Only if you keep at it, it'll eventually boil and turned to steam. Most people only see it at the moment it boils.

PS: I think the book made me realize that I have a fear of rejection, even before I got rejected. It's a chapter I'd want to go back to and reread over and over again.
Author 5 books546 followers
November 8, 2014
Jack Canfield never fails to inspire me. It all started when I watched "The Secret". This book is amazing. He is living proof that you can be successful and it all begins with your mindset.
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Author 111 books47 followers
February 7, 2015
This book talks about 67 timeless principles of success that the world’s most famous men and women have employed in their lives to transform their lives beyond their wildest dreams. My most important take-aways from this book are:

Take 100% responsibility for your life: Don’t blame your luck or adverse astrological positions. Do whatever is in your hand.

Think about small successes in life: We are all conditioned to remember about our failures but if I were to ask you whether you had any success this week, you will struggle to remember any.

We all remember the bad things in our life but don’t remember the last time we were paid a compliment.

This book forces you to think of your small successes rather than failures. The Author asks you to maintain a diary (your victory log) where you jot down all forms of successes, be it a compliment, good grades, a new customer or you sticking to your routine. This really helps in improving your self-esteem.

Surround yourself with successful positive people: In order to be successful, you must surround yourself with positive people and do away with negative (toxic) people who slowly suck away all your happiness, just like a vampire sucks blood.

And the most important one: Never Give Up.
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18 reviews29 followers
February 6, 2012
I picked up Jack Canfield's Sucess Principles book since I was having such success with his Dream Big System, and didn't want to miss out on any nuggets of information that would help me get to where I am so excited to go. I am so glad I bought this book. There is nowhere else you need to go to figure out your life purpose, and begin to work your dream plan. He covers EVERYTHING you need to know about conceptualizing your goal from the thought stage, to buidling your team, to dealing with obstacles, and finally, to learning to manage your success once you get there. There are no leaves left unturned in this pathway to success, and if you want to learn more about a certain concept or topic, Jack has listed the website for you to explore that area of interest. I love this book, and find it a helpful partner to the Dream Big System and the Vision Board Book. I challenge you to read it, and then get up and do something with what you learn.
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4 reviews4 followers
September 17, 2017
Great disappointment.It's like advertising on Chicken Soup for the Soul.Also, the principles are very flat and dull.Only repeating uninteresting stories over and over again.
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18 reviews4 followers
July 9, 2016
This book never ceased to blow my mind with every single page. It's a goldmine of very useful concepts and frameworks to achieve success, I couldn't put it down literally, finished it in just 3 days. There is no page that I didn't highlight a part of, and sometimes I had to highlight the entire page lol. This book is must read for very breathing, functioning human being. And not just once, at least once or twice a year, every year for the rest of your life. Yep, that's how good it is. Period.
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9 reviews
March 8, 2023
Another expectational self-guidance textbook, the author highlights the principles for success with case studies. Definitely requires a real-life application from the readers for reflection on the principles mentioned...
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341 reviews113 followers
December 4, 2018
The Success Principles โดย Jack Canfield
ชื่อไทยคือ วิธีขโมยความสำเร็จจากอนาคต
หรือชื่อเดิมคือ วิธีก้าวจากจุดที่คุณอยู่ ข้ามไปสู่จุดที่คุณต้องการ

เป็นหนังสือที่ทรงพลังและลงรายละเอียดชนิด Step-by-Step

อ่านแล้วตกใจหมดเลยว่าทำไมคุณแจ็ค แคนฟีลด์สามารถอธิบายวิธีที่จะก้าวข้ามจากจุด A (จุดที่เราเป็นอยู่)ไปสู่จุด B (ความฝัน/ความหวัง/ชีวิต/ธุรกิจแบบที่ตัวเองต้องการ) ได้ตรงชัดขนาดนี้! อธิบายกันมาเป็นฉากๆ แถมเต็มไปด้วยตัวอย่าง อ่านเข้าใจง่าย เห็นภาพ แถมยังอุดรูรั่วความสงสัยระหว่างอ่านด้วยบทถัดๆ มาที่ตามมาเพื่อสนับสนุนแนวปฏิบัติข้อก่อนหน้าอีก

ใครไม่พอใจชีวิตตอนนี้หรืออยากเปลี่ยนงาน เล่มนี้ควรอ่านอย่างยิ่งค่ะ
ใครมีปัญหาเรื่องกา���เงิน อ่านบทที่ 1 ว่าด้วยการ “รับผิดชอบชีวิตตัวเอง 100%” แล้วพลิกไปอ่านหน้า 68 เลยค่ะ รับรองว่าวางไม่ลงจนจบเล่มแน่

คำแนะนำสำหรับการอ่าน The Success Principles คือ ควรมีสมุดดีๆ กับปากการลื่นๆ ไว้ใกลัตัว เพราะมันเป็นหนังสือชนิดที่ต้องคิดตามทันทีเมื่อพลิกอ่านไป

ในเล่มอธิบายเรื่อง Affirmation ที่เราสงสัยมานานไว้ละเอียดมาก ตั้งแต่หลักการเหตุผล ไปจนถึงวิธีการคิดประโยค Affirmation ที่ทรงประสิทธิภาพ และวิธีกล่าว Affirmation ให้ได้ผล (ละเอียดจนตกใจ!)

ในเล่มได้พูดถึง 2 แนวคิดที่เราไม่เคยได้ยินที่ไหนมาก่อน แค่ได้เรียนรู้สองเรื่องนี้ เราว่าก็คุ้มค่าหนังสือแล้ว นั่นคือ
1. การปฏิเสธไม่มีอยู่จริง เป็นสิ่งที่สมองคิดไปเอง อย่ายอมรับการถูกปฏิเสธ
เช่น เมื่อ A อยากชวน B ไปดินเนอร์ พอชวนแล้ว B ตอบปฏิเสธ
ความจริงของเหตุการณ์นี้คือ ก่อนที่ A จะชวน B แปลว่า A ต้องกินข้าวคนเดียวอยู่แล้ว
และหลังจากถูก B ปฏิเสธมา มันก็คือ A กินข้าวคนเดียวอยู่ดี

ดังนั้น ก่อนถูกปฏิเสธและหลังถูกปฏิเสธ มันคือผลอย่างเดียวกัน การปฏิเสธโดยเนื้อแท้จึงเป็นเพียงกริยาหนึ่ง แต่สรรพอารมณ์ การฟูมฟาย การตีความ ความน้อยเนื้อต่ำใจ ความโกรธเคือง ทั้งหมดคืออารมณ์ ทั้งหมดคือสิ่งที่สมองคิด ทั้งที่ความจริงแล้ว A อาจปฏิเสธเพียงเพราะวันนั้นอารมณ์ไม่ดี งานค้างเยอะ หรือถูกหัวหน้าตำหนิมาก็ได้

การปฏิเสธจึงเป็นเพียงกริยา และการถูกปฏิเสธก็เป็นเรื่องปกติโลกมากๆ
เวลาถูกใครปฏิเสธ ก็แค่ขอใหม่ก็เท่านั้น จะขอคนเดิมหรือขอคนใหม่ก็แล้วแต่ว่าเรื่องอะไร
ถูกปฏิเสธมา ก็จงขอต่อไป อย่าใส่ค่าความเป็นดราม่าลงไปในเหตุการณ์ให้มาก

ตรรกะนี้ใช้ได้หมดกับทุกอย่าง ลองเปลี่ยนจากชวน B ไปดินเนอร์เป็น เสนอขายโปรเจ็ค ขายสินค้า ขอเงินบริจาค ขอเช่าพื้นที่ขายของ ฯลฯ จะพบว่าเมื่อถูกปฏิเสธ ก็คือแค่ถูกปฏิเสธ อย่าใส่อารมณ์ลงไปผสม แต่ให้เดินหน้าขอต่อไป

2. Feedback ไม่ว่าแง่ลบหรือแง่บวก เป็นเพียง “ข้อมูล” เท่านั้น
ไม่ว่าคนจะชม ด่า วิจารณ์ ยอดไลค์เพิ่มสูงมาก หรือไม่มีใครเข้ามาเขียนคอมเม้นต์เลย ทั้งหมดนั้น เค้าไม่ได้พูดถึงตัวเรา จึงไม่จำเป็นต้องเก็บคำชมหรือด่านั้นเอามาใส่ใจให้ขุ่นเคืองหรือเชิดหน้าชูคอเพิ่มพูนอีโก้

Feedback เป็นเพียง “ข้อมูล” มันเป็นแค่ “ข้อมูล” ไม่ได้มีค่าความชอบหรือความชังเกี่ยวกับตัวคุณ เพราะหน้าที่ของ Feedback คือเพื่อให้เรานำไปใช้ปรับปรุงคุณภาพสินค้าและบริการ อันไหนใช้ได้ก็หยิบไปใช้ อันไหนใช้ไม่ได้ก็ทิ้งเอาไว้ที่เก่า

เวลามีคนมาให้ Feedback จะแง่บวกหรือแง่ลบก็ตามที เราควรจะต้องขอบคุณ เพราะโดยปกติ คนทั่วไปไม่ค่อยให้ข้อมูลสะท้อนกลับกันสักเท่าไร การที่ใครสักคนสละเวลามาบอกให้เรารู้ว่าเขาคิดเห็นกับผลิตภัณฑ์, สินค้า, บริการ ของเราอย่างไร เราควรจะขอบคุณเขามากๆ เพื่อจะได้นำข้อมูลนั้นไปปรับปรุงงานของตัวเองให้ดีขึ้น

ตั้งแต่ได้อ่าน The Secret เมื่อหลายปีก่อน เรารู้สึกงงมากเพราะเชื่อมโยงภาพรวมไม่ได้ว่าผู้คนใน The Secret พูดถึงอะไร เพราะในเล่มนั้นคุณรอนดา ไบร์น พูดแค่ “กฎแห่งแรงดึงดูด” แต่เล่ม The Success Principles คุณแจ็ค แคนฟีลด์แจกแจงให้เห็นภาพรวมทั้งหมด แล้วบอกวิธีก้าวเดินทีละขั้นจริงๆ เพื่อให้เราออกเดินจากจุดที่ยืนอยู่ ด้วยทรัพยากรเท่าที่เรามี ไปสู่จุดหมายที่เราวาดหวังไว้

หนังสือแนวพัฒนาตัวเองในตลาดมีหลายเล่มที่เป็น Good book นะคะ
แต่ The Success Principles ของแจ็ค แ��นฟีลด์เป็น Great book ค่ะ
Profile Image for Hamad Abdulsamad.
149 reviews52 followers
February 26, 2015
لم أقرأ الكثير من الكتب التطويرية/ التحفيزية، لأن لي قناعة بأنها تستغلنا ولا تأتي بشيء جديد، فالإنسان من المفترض عليه أن يعرف هذه المبادئ، ولكن لأني أعرف بأني لا أطبق هذه المبادئ، فلذلك قرأته.
المبادئ تقسم إلى خمسة أقسام رئيسية: المبادئ الأساسية، المتعلقة بالذات، المتعلقة ببناء الفريق، المتعلقة بالعلاقات وأخيرا المتعلقة بالمال. روعة الكتاب تكمن في شموليته إلى ذاك الحد الكافي، وكونه يقترح لك آليات بسيطة لتطبيق مايقول.
مشكلتي مع الكتاب تكمن في حجمه، وكثرة القصص- التي أعلم بأنها ستكون ايجابية وداعمة لموضوع الفقرة تماما. تصبح المسألة مملة، أحيانا الخلاصات تكفي للإثبات. وأخيرا في الترجمة المتواضعة، واختيار حجم الخط السيء والغلاف الكرتوني المزعج.
يبقى الكتاب يستحق القراءة، وبالفعل شامل كامل، إن أخذته بجد- وأظني سآخذ ما فيه بجد، سيغير حياتي للأفضل- ان شاء الله.
Profile Image for Armand.
85 reviews
September 27, 2010
I consider this the bible of success as it contains principal laws that will help you attain success. Just like the bible you need to read the book from time to time to master it and use it as reference. The author doesn't pretend to take credit for all the principles written in the book but it was based also from other reference materials that he had gathered from know writers like Brain Tracy, Anthony Robbins to name a few. Divided into several parts from developing a successful attitude to how to develop a successful team. Powerful if applied well.
Profile Image for Laleh.
86 reviews9 followers
October 21, 2017
A very looong book, which is why it took me so long to finish, but VERY useful, and one which I will definitely be visiting again. I have already begun to put a few principles to use, with very satisfactory results, and look forward to implementing the rest
Profile Image for Wejdan.
11 reviews26 followers
December 26, 2011
الكتاب الذي يُجيبك عن كل أسئلتك في كيف تتصرف في هذه الحياة لكي تنجح !
نادرة هي الكتب التي نقتنيها وبعد انهائها نضعها بالقرب منّا لنراجع كل كلمة ذُكرت فيه
هذا الكتاب أحدها ()
Profile Image for Jenn.
1,705 reviews286 followers
May 7, 2021
Dang this book was long. And it really didn't need to be. Did I learn anything from it? Honestly, who even knows. Maybe something sunk into the depths of my consciousness and will help me in my time of need.

Overall, it was okay. Most of the principles that Canfield talks about are almost common sense, but since a lot of people lack that, maybe it's good to get it down on paper. It's pretty much the same as other self help books - positive thinking leads to positive results. And he even threw in some exercises you can do to help you on your way. Side note: there were a lot of daily exercises that he wanted you to do and ain't nobody got time for that. It almost felt like your whole day would be staring in the mirror telling yourself how awesome you are and 5 things you're going to complete and 5 things you're going to change and so on and so on.

But there were a lot of little things that kept me from fully digesting the book. Canfield repeats himself multiple times through the duration of this book - and not like to drive the point home, but more like maybe he forgot he already used this description in another principle because a lot of them were duplicates of each other but with different names.

There was also a lot of religious talk and if that's your jam, then this is good for you. But as a non-religious person, I don't really need to be told to put my trust in God and so on. In addition to this, Canfield felt very preachy, like his word was gospel because look at how awesome he was and how much money he had and how many super famous friends that he had.

Anyway, I've heard people rave about this book and I do agree with some of his principles. But the book was just a little too much for me and I found myself just wanting to be done with it.
Profile Image for Micky Blue Skies.
115 reviews10 followers
April 3, 2013
Let me just start off by saying I love Jack Canfield for writing this book that is how much I love it. This too was a life changer for me because I have always struggled in the past with setting and reaching goals. However, The Success Principles shows you how to do just that. It is also filled with people who were able to set and reach their goals by changing just a few things in their routine every day.

I initially checked this book out last year or the year before read a little bit of it and took it back. Then being disappointed with where I was headed forced me to take stock of what I was and was not doing, so I finally bought the unabridged version from Audible, but because it does not list all of the principles I purchased the actual book and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

You cannot go wrong by purchasing this book. Yes, it is a big book, but it is filled with the necessary tools to help you succeed in life no matter what area. You will not be disappointed.

Profile Image for Shakti Chauhan.
53 reviews6 followers
July 26, 2017
If there was just one book you could read out of all self-help material. In my opinion, it is this one.

Jack Canfield is a man who has attended hundreds of seminars, read thousands of books and apprenticed under some of the most influential and successful mentors. So when he talks, you have to pay attention.

This book truly is what the title says it is. Hence it is relevant to everyone.

It starts off right. Cruises well and finishes with plenty of references to start you off on the journey of Self-Help.

Profile Image for محمدجواد مهدیزاده.
Author 2 books51 followers
July 8, 2017
It is a perfect book
helps you think to try more and better for your life

It has practical tactics which shows you how should you plan and advance in your life

Achieving the goal is not only made by imagination! It is necessary to try, too.

Good book for people who want to go over the borders of hardships
Profile Image for Swati Grover.
6 reviews2 followers
Want to read
December 9, 2012
Good book for those who know what they want in their lives however are clueless about how to start. This book provides you 25 simple and easily exectuble principle to kickstart your journey for success.
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10 reviews9 followers
May 31, 2016
One of most comprehensive self-help books I've read. It covers everything from goal setting, meditation, visualization to taking massive actions. If you want motivation or a guide to reach your goals, this book is for you.
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29 reviews1 follower
January 24, 2020
This is the best book on success anyone could ever find. With 25 well detailed, broken down and well self explanatory steps to achieve personal success .The best part of it all to me is that the steps are ones you could start today.
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