The Success Principles

date May 21, 2007
authors Jack Canfield
reading time 7 mins
  • Book Title: The Success Principles - How to get from where you are to where you want to be
  • Authors: Jack Canfield with Janet Switzer
  • About the Author: Jack Canfield is the cocreater of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
  • Year written/published: 2005
  • My Comments: A great book… loads of categorised chapters, short chapters with laods of inspirational examples and candid acronyms.

  • Contents Page:
  1. Fundamentals of Success
  2. Transform yourself for success
  3. Build your success Team
  4. Create Successful Relationships
  5. Success and Money
  6. Success Starts now

Some Quotations found in this book:

  • You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you - Jim Rohn
  • Believe nothing. No matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. - Lord Buddha

  • Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose. - Elisabeth Kubler
  • Life is like a combination lock; your job is to find the right numbers, in the right order, so you can have anything you want - Brian Tracy
  • The greater danger for most of us is not that our aims is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. - Michelangelo
  • I’m looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done - Henry Ford
  • If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes - Andrew Carnegie
  • You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming - Jim Rohn
  • Success leaves clues - Tony Robbins
  • The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them - Albert Einstein
  • How you do anything is how you do everything
  • If you are willing to do more than you are paid, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do. - anonymous
  • you are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with - Jim Rohn
  • The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why. - Albert Einstein.
  • Listen a 100 times. Ponder a 1000 times. Speak once. - unknown

The life purpose exercise:

  1. List 2 of your unique qualities
  2. List 1/2 ways you enjoy expressing those qualities when interacting with others
  3. Assume the world is perfect now. What does this world look like?
  4. Combine the 3 prior subdivisions of this paragraph into a single statement

Don’t live someone else’s dreams… (this is so true..) > As a result, we now do a lot of things we don’t want to do but that please a lot of other people:

  • We go to medical school coz dad wanted it
  • we get married to please our mom
  • we get a ‘real job’ instead of pursuing our dream career in arts
  • we go straight to grad school instead of taking a backpacking trip to Europe

Don’t assume you need a college degree…

Here;s another statistic showing that believe in yourself is more important than knowledge, training or schooling: 20% of the America’s millionaires never set foot in college, and 21 out of 222 American Billionaires never got college diplomas. So although education and a commitment to lifelong learning are essential to success, a formal degree is not a requirement. This is true even in the high-tech world of the internet. Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle dropped out of University of Illinois … … … Bill Grates dropped out of Havard and later founded Microsoft. … Vice President Dick Cheney dropped out of college.

Dr. Daniel Amen’s 18/40/60 rule:

When you’re 18, you worry about what everybody is thinking of you; when you are 40 you don’t give a darn about what anybody thinks of u and when you’re 60, you realise nobody’s been thinking of you at all! Surprise Surprise!! Most of the time, nobody’s thinking about you at all! They are too busy worrying about their own lives, and if they are thinking about you at all, they are wondering what you are thinking about them.

on becoming….

Money, cars, houses, boats, attractive spouses, power and fame can all be taken away - sometimes in the blink of an eye. But what can never be taken away is who you have become in the process of achieving your goal. TO achieve a big goal, you are going to have to become a bigger person. You are going to have to develop new skills, new attitudes and new capabilities. You are going to have to stretch yourself, and in doing so, you will be stretched forever.

9 guidelines for creating effective affirmations:

  1. Start with the words I am
  2. Use the present tense
  3. State it in the positive. Affirm what you want, not what you don’t want.
  4. Keep it brief
  5. make it specific
  6. Include an action word ending with -ing
  7. Include at least one dynamic emotion/feeling word
  8. make affirmations for yourself and not others
  9. Add or something better

reject rejections…

Whenever you ask anyone for anything, remember the following; SWSWSWSW which stands for ‘some will, some won’t, so what - someone’s waiting’.

some famous rejections…

  • the girl doesn’t, it seems to me have a special perception or feeling which would lifet that book above the ‘curiosity’ level. - form the rejction slip of the diary of Anne Frank
  • When Graham Bell offered the rights to the telephone for $100,000 to Carl Orton, president of Western Union, Orton replied, “What use would this company make use of this electric toy?”
  • It is impossible to seel animal stories in the USA - from the rejection slips for George Orwell’s Animal Farm

The mirror exercise. Stand in front of the mirror and appreciate your self for all that you have accomplished today:

  1. any achievements
  2. any personal disciplines you have kept
  3. any temptations that you didn’t give in to

The 4 D’s of completion:

  1. do it
  2. delay it
  3. delegate it
  4. dump it

The total truth stages:

  1. Anger and resentment
  2. hurt
  3. fear
  4. remorse, regret and accountability
  5. wants
  6. love, compassion, forgiveness and appreciation

Learn more to earn more (earn as in life… not $$)

  1. decrease your television time
  2. leaders are readers
  3. learn to read faster to read more
  4. weekly system for getting smart
  5. study the lives of great people
  6. attend success rallies, conferences, gatherings, meet-ups
  7. Be teachable


The most successful people I have met love what they do so much, they would actually do it for free. But they’re successful because they’ve found a way to make a living doing what they love to do.

some of jack canfield’s don’t do list… interesting i thought!

  • I never lend money
  • I don’t discuss charity contributions over the phone.. send me in writing
  • I don’t lend books… they rarely come back
  • i no longer co-author books with first time authors. Their learning curve is too time consuming and expensive
  • i don’t take calls on tuesdays and thursdays… they are writing days

Speak with impeccability

  • What you say to others creates a ripple effect in the worl
  • stop lying
  • what you say about others matters even more
  • idle gossip -