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Jack Canfield Jack Canfield author. speaker. motivator.

Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]

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If there has been any one secret to my success, it is that I have always had love as the guiding principle of my life – self-love, love for others, only doing work that I love, love of God, and love of life. In all things I have devoted myself to love. For years I conducted seminars on self-esteem, teaching more than a million people in more than 30 countries how to know themselves, love themselves, and express themselves more fully. Then I compiled and edited more than 200 Chicken Soup for the Soul books containing inspirational stories of love, faith, and courage. Later, I discovered that my life purpose is “to inspire and empower people to live their highest vision in a context of love and joy in harmony with the highest good of all concerned.” Everything I do is to that end.

I believe it all starts with the love of self. We all have to learn to love ourselves just the way we are. We need to stop trying to live up to other people’s expectations and learn to trust our own wants and desires, trust our feelings, trust our intuition, follow our heart, and trust our internal guidance system. I have long been a believer in the idea “Do what you love and the money will follow.” I have always followed my passions, doing what I love—teaching. I started out as a high school teacher in an inner city high school in Chicago. I discovered that I loved teaching, and I especially love teaching people how to create the life of their dreams. I love to watch people’s eyes light up as they reconnect to the essence of who they really are, reclaim their power, make authentic contact with others, rekindle their dreams, and commit to goals that will grow and stretch them.

I’ve also learned that my life works better and I am more fulfilled when I truly love other people and treat them as I want to be treated. The more I open my heart to people, the more magical my life becomes. The more I commit myself to a life of service to others through writing, speaking, and training, the more abundance pours into my life. The guiding questions that we are always asking in our company are “How can we serve our clients and students more fully?” and “How can we reach more people to serve?” It’s never been “How can we make more money?”

The deeper I drop into love, the more my love expands – ultimately to include all life, not just other humans, but all animals and plants. When I meditate, I send a blessing for happiness and abundance for all beings. When I do this, I always experience a deep and profound inner peace and happiness myself. The more I radiate it, the more it radiates back to me.

– Jack Canfield

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