Thursday, December 30, 2010

Book Review - The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

The Success Principles How To Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield was given to me when I was visiting a friend's office and found it on the bookshelf.  I started looking through it and liked what I saw, so she told me to take it, they had all read the book already.

This is not just a business book, it's a change your life book. The thing I like about it is that Jack Canfield gives clear principles and how to put them into practice. Then he gives examples of how other people used the principles and what happened as a result.  He talks about goal setting and overcoming obstacles and boosting your self-esteem  This book contains practical advice.  I've read other books that are so complicated that there isn't an easy way to use the advice in daily life (like the very complicated The 7 Habits of  Highly Effective People).  Jack Canfield talks to you in an easy to understand way. He even gives a web address where you can download forms that can help you.

At the back of the book are resources and suggested reading to add to your knowledge. He doesn't claim to be the only authority on the subject. It seems that he really wants to help you get where you want to go.

There is one chapter on saying "No". That was always difficult for me, if someone asked me for a favor, to volunteer for a committee or to help out with a project I couldn't say no. Then I would get behind on my own scheduled things to do and I would get stressed out and sometimes get physically ill from the stress. After reading the chapter on saying "no" I realized that it's ok to say no if you do it the right way.  Life got easier.

This book has impacted my life in other ways too but you don't need to hear all my stories.  Read the book, change your life and make your own stories.

Please feel free to make comments about this book. I would like to hear what you think.


  1. Jack Canfield is very motiviating and inspirational. I saw him speak in Philadelphia and it was dynamic. It is almost impossible not to make positive changes after reading his writings. I would definitely pick this book up or check it out at the library. He is fantastic.

  2. Thanks for your comment, I'm happy to hear that you like reading his work. I agree, he is fantastic.