Thursday, November 21, 2013

Learn More to Earn More
Written by Jack Canfield

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” —Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the Untied States

Go into the home of almost any wealthy, highly successful person and you will find a library of books—sometimes an actual room such as a den or a library, other times just lots of bookshelves or stacks on the floor of books that they have read. In my own case I have read more than 3,000 books in a wide variety of fields that relate to my work as a trainer, speaker, author, entrepreneur and leader.

Reading—and applying what I read—has been a critical part of my success. I consider it one of my most important daily disciplines. I read for at least an hour a day—sometimes much more, like when I am on a five-hour plane trip.

Recently, I was reviewing questions for an upcoming Ask Jack Canfield teleseminar and came across the following question:

"One of my goals is to learn new success habits by reading a new book each month. I've often heard you reference other authors whose books you have read. Since there are so many books out there on any given subject, I was wondering if you could give us a list of your favorites along with their respective categories so we could get your insight as to what are some good resources to have." – Linda

First, I think Linda’s goal is a great one. One of the success principles I teach is Learn More to Earn More. I also teach that everyone should read something educational, inspirational or motivational for at least twenty minutes a day. This is part of what I feel everyone’s Hour of Power should be in the morning—twenty minutes of meditation, twenty minutes of reading, and twenty minutes of aerobic exercise.

Of course, more time in each category will produce even more impressive results, but my experience of over forty years of teaching and coaching people has taught me that if you do this, you will end up in the top 3% of people in terms of income, professional impact, health and fitness and fulfillment.

So, in response to Linda’s question I have prepared the following list of 3 to 5 of my favorite books (the ones that have had the greatest impact on my life) in each of several categories having to do with all the areas of success that I focus on. Here it is...

Financial

The One Minute Millionaire by David Bach
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice by Dennis Kimbro
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki with Sharon Lechter
The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist

Job and Career

Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow by Marsha Sinetar
What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles (He releases an updated version every year.)
Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey MacKay
Networking Like a Pro by Ivan Misner
Networking Is a Contact Sport by Joe Sweeney
Getting Things Done by David Allen

Relationships

For Couples:
Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus by Dr. John Gray
Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Dr. Harville Hendricks
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

For Single People:
Keeping the Love You Find by Dr. Harville Hendricks
The Soulmate Secret by Arielle Ford

General:
Nonviolent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
I would also add The Aladdin Factor by Mark Victor Hansen and myself. (It’s a great book on how to ask for and get anything you want from other people.)

Health and Fitness

Are You Confused? by Paavo Airola
Body for Life by Bill Phillips
The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman
The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days by JJ Virgin

Spiritual and Emotional Growth

The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

For a more complete list of books that I recommend, read pages 441-451 of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. It is an extensive list of suggested reading, audio programs and other resources that will accelerate your success.

Happy reading!

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I Love the F-Word
Written by Darren Hardy

By F-word I mean FAILURE.
(What did you think I meant?)

Failure is not my friend.
I don’t like failure.

I LOVE it.
And you should, too.

Here’s why.

I first met and fell in love with Failure in the early ’90s, when I got into the real estate business. Back then the market was tough. Really tough. And I was a 20-year-old kid with no experience, no clientele and no credibility while trying to make my mark.

Heck, I wasn’t even old enough to drink. I needed guidance. So when I went to my first seminar, I asked the lecturer to lunch. I wanted to get his best tip for being successful in real estate.

His answer?
"Go fail."

"Huh?" was my reply.
He elaborated, “Go fail—a lot—and fast.”

I said, “Hey, man (language of a 20-year-old), I thought the whole idea of success was to avoid failure.”

“Quite the opposite,” he replied.
Then he recited a quote by Tom Watson of IBM: “The key to success ismassive failure. Your goal is to out-fail your competition. Whoever can fail the most, the fastest and the biggest, wins.”

So I failed.

I failed a lot and I failed fast.

And since then I’ve had the chance to add failed BIG.

And guess what?

Just as the lecturer and Watson promised, the increase in volume, speed and size of my failure also increased the volume, speed and size of my success.

That started my lifelong love aff air with Failure.
We are now inseparable.

If, for some reason, we’re apart for too long a stretch, I do whatever I can to rush back into her arms. I am rewarded with expanded success and prosperity.

And I am not the only suitor to Failure.
Seems most people you read about on the cover of SUCCESS Magazine love her just as much.

I’ve often asked rooms full of big-time CEOs to list the top five defining moments responsible for their great successes. Inevitably, great failures are on their lists— often occupying more than one spot.

You see, many of the greatest achievers you admire thrive on failure.
They love it!
Because they are obsessed with improvement, they can experience growth only through failure. They want to continually find their boundaries so they can better understand their capabilities and find new ways of breaking through.

Success?
It’s actually not that exhilarating or satisfying to them.

Failure is, for it offers them the greatest opportunity to tweak, iterate and improve. Failure offers them a gateway to the next level, which is absolutely exhilarating, satisfying and thrilling.

That’s what I want for you—more thrills, exhilarations and satisfactions.

Thus, I want failure for you—more of it, faster and bigger.

If you allow yourself to fall in love with Failure, you too will find the experience exhilarating, satisfying and thrilling.

And, oh, you’ll also be rewarded with fantastic success.

Now go F-word yourself to the top!

Content republished with permission from Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS magazine. For more great insights, tips and strategies on success and achievement go to http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com. More about Darren Hardy can be found at: http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com/About.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Everyone is a Teacher
Written by Jack Canfield

It’s rarely a surprise to learn that successful people are lifelong learners. The amount of information that’s available in our world is growing at a mind-numbing pace. People who have more information gain a tremendous advantage over people who don’t. What many people don’t realize is that successful people are also usually teachers, as well.

Forms of Teaching

There’s a saying that I share in my annual seminar, Breakthrough to Success: “Be a student to those above you, a fellow traveler to those at the same level, and a teacher to those below you.” In other words, everyone is a teacher.

Here are 4 common ways you can play the role of teacher.

BEing. By simply BE-ing who you are, you can teach others by example. Whether it’s demonstrating grace under pressure, fearlessly pursuing your goals, or simply existing in a place of love and joy, being yourself can be one of the most powerful ways of teaching.

Sharing. Even a simple conversation or passing comment can contain a nugget of wisdom that will profoundly change the life of someone else. People sometimes limit what they’ll share with others for fear of overstepping their bounds, being too personal, being ridiculed or other reasons. If you have an impulse to share something with another person, follow your instinct.

Mentoring. Success Principle #44 is “Find a Wing to Climb Under.” In other words, find a mentor with whom you can study. If you want to achieve a goal, it helps to learn from someone who has already navigated the journey you want to take. Recognize that as a successful person, you can mentor others as they pursue the goals you’ve already achieved.

Study groups. The greatest gift you can give someone is a gift of empowerment and love. What could be more empowering than helping others get free of their limiting beliefs and giving them tools to create the life they truly want?

One way to facilitate this change in the world is to lead a Success Principles study group. You’d be amazed at how radically you can change a family, a team, or a business simply by having everyone use the same success principles at the same time. You don’t have to be a master of the principles; you merely need to be willing to facilitate the discussion. Click here to download free study guide to teaching the basic principles.

Formal teaching. If you want to impact the world in a bigger way, if you have a body of knowledge to share and/or if you are truly passionate about a subject, you may feel called to offer seminars or workshops. Teaching is my core genius and one of my greatest joys, which is why I’ve been leading seminars since very early in my career.

When I recognized that I was ready to impact the world in a bigger way, I started a Train-the-Trainer program so I could personally teach and mentor a small number of people each year how to teach others the Success Principles. Students and graduates of this program include everyone from professional speakers and trainers to managers, business owners, and parents who want to share these valuable principles in more structured ways within their companies and homes.

A Key to Mastery

High achievers often teach from a place of service. They know that the information they have may be exactly what someone else needs to achieve a goal. Because they have an abundance mindset, they recognize that by freely sharing what they know, their generosity will be returned tenfold by the universe.

But teaching can also benefit you directly by helping you develop a deeper understanding and mastery of a topic. To share what you’ve learned, you must clarify your ideas, confront inconsistencies in your own thinking, and more closely walk your talk. Most importantly, teaching requires you to read, study and speak the information repeatedly, which reinforces your own learning.

“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

The World Needs You

You are a unique individual, and the lessons you have learned over the course of your life make you a unique teacher. High achievers learn from every experience, not merely from formal learning opportunities, such as attending seminars or reading books.

The lessons you can synthesize from your many experiences are invaluable. By being willing to share what you have learned, whether through informal chats or more formal encounters, such as seminars, you’ll contribute greatly to the success of the people you touch and the world as a whole.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Embody Your Dreams
Written by Jack Canfield

Intention is a powerful force. Fueled by imagination, it brings to life the dreams of champion athletes and best-selling authors alike.
  • Tara Lipinski was just six years old when she decided to be a figure skater while watching the Olympics on TV. When her mother saw Tara standing on a chair and asked what she was doing, the future champion replied, “I’m standing on the podium at the Olympics receiving my gold medal.”
  • For years college students Jim Nantz and Fred Couples role-played the same scene: greeting each other in Butler Cabin at the Masters Golf Tournament for the awarding of the championship green sports coat. Every Saturday Nantz, the would-be sports reporter, interviewed Couples, the would-be golf champion. Several years later the scene played out for real.
  • I had not written a single word of my first book when I walked into a party pretending to be a best-selling author, fake books in hand. Since then over 100 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books have sold.
When visualize and affirm your goal, you give it a dynamic power that sets the stage for success. As I explain in my Effortless Success personal learning course, this focus actually trains your brain on what you need to make it happen.

The human brain has this amazing tool called the reticular activating system. It operates full-time to let in the information appropriate to our current intentions.

When you’re driving and feeling hungry, for instance, what do you notice? All those fast-food billboards. If you suddenly realize your gas gauge is on empty, your focus changes to finding a gas station.

When you form inspired intentions linked to powerful emotions, the reticular activating system filters out what you don’t need and lets in those resources you do need—the people, ideas, and possibilities. Those resources were there before, but you weren’t seeing or sorting them, because you were focused on fast food, gas stations, or something equally mundane.

Now, however, you see the valuable resources that match your beliefs and align with your goal. You start to perceive opportunities, attract supportive people, and take actions that accelerate your success.

If you want to seriously energize your dreams, consider this fun exercise from Effortless Success. Host a Come-as-You’ll-Be-Party:
  • Invite a group of your friends or colleagues to a personal gathering or a business get-together.
  • On the invitation write, “Come as the person you will be five years from now when you have achieved your goals.”
  • Date the invitation five years from the time of the party.
  • Encourage people to bring props and to dress as their vision of themselves in five years.
Then, celebrate your success! Spend the evening bragging about your accomplishments and talking about how happy you are. Embody your dreams and you’ll attract what you need to bring them to life.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.