So Money - Episode 53

Jack Canfield

Bestselling Author, The Success Principles


I’d bet most of you – or all of you – have heard of or read The Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The book has sold more than 500 million copies in print since it first published in the early 1990s. I recall that series of books being mentioned on Oprah countless times growing up, didn’t you? Maybe you have also read The Success Principles, first published a decade ago. Today’s guest is the author, the man and motivational speaker behind all those wildly successful books: Jack Canfield. He is on the show today celebrating the 10 year anniversary of The Success Principles.

This is a big deal.

Jack was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1944. He spent his formative teen years in West Virginia, later attending Harvard for college. He began his career in 1967 as a high school teacher in Chicago. And from there built his career into the blockbuster brand and business that it is today. Today he is the founder and CEO of The Canfield Training Group and founder of The Foundation for Self-Esteem.  He holds a Guinness Book world record for having seven books on the New York Times best-seller list at the same time.

Three key takeaways from the interview:

  • How Jack lost $8 million at one point…entered a bit of depression, anger…and ultimately rebounded.
  • One of Jack’s success principles that he believes paves the way towards financial freedom: Give More to Get More.
  • The right way to focus on wealth to become wealthy. As Jack says, “You get what you focus on.”

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