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Book review: The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, by Jack Canfield

February 24, 2009

This is a book we’ve learned so much from and been able to translate many of Canfield’s ideas into action-oriented steps in our own work in the area of networks.   So we were delighted by this review from Chad Clippingdale. 

If you could be, do, or have anything, what would that look like? When was the last time you allowed yourself to believe that you can have the opportunities you dream of? In his book, The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, author and success coach Jack Canfield offers practical and proven principles to achieve any goal that you desire.


Using a wealth of personal knowledge and stories from interviews of successful individuals, the author walks the reader through 64 of the best principles he knows to help any individual achieve success. Beginning with assuming complete responsibility for your life, and moving on to aligning yourself with your true purpose, managing self-defeating thoughts and behaviours, setting meaningful goals and developing action plans to effectively meet those goals, Canfield breaks down success into a number of well thought out steps that, if practiced, will lead you to where you want to be.


The principles in this book are so valuable to our jobs of supporting people. What could be more important for us in our support roles than helping the individuals we work with to identify that which brings them the most passion, whatever that may be, and then helping them to take the necessary steps to achieve their desired goals. By reading this book and practicing these principles in our own lives and in the work we do supporting others, not only can we achieve greater success, but we can use our knowledge to better enable the dreams of those around us.


Chad is a great new addition to our field.   Relatively new, he’s already demonstrated some innovative ways of looking at and dealing with folks with disabilities.  In a future issues we’ll get him to outline his “Positive Incident Report” – a really fun way of turning the CIR format and intention on it’s head!   For more information about Jack Canfield’s work, check out 


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