The Best Quotes From Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles.”


From The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.

“If you want to be really successful, and I know you do, then you will have to give up blaming and complaining and take total responsibility for your life — that means all your results, both your successes and your failures. That is the prerequisite for creating a life of success.” — P.4-5

“If something doesn’t turn out as planned, you will ask yourself, ‘How did I create that? What was I thinking? What were my beliefs? What did I say or not say? What did I do or not do to create that result? How did I get the other person to act that way? What do I need to do differently next time to get the result I want?'” — P.5

“You only have control over three things in your life — the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take (your behavior). How you use these three things determines everything you experience. If you don’t like what you are producing and experiencing, you have to change your responses.” — P.9

“One of the easiest ways to begin clarifying what you truly want is to make a list of 30 things you want to do, 30 things you want to have, and 30 things you want to be before you die.” — P.28

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” — P.37 (Richard Bach)

“20% of America’s millionaires never set foot in college, and 21 of the 222 Americans listed as billionaires in 2003 never got their college diplomas; 2 never even finished high school!” — P.44

“I like Dr. Daniel Amen’s 18/40/60 Rule: When you’re 18, you worry about what everybody is thinking of you; when you’re 40, you don’t give a darn what anybody thinks of you; when you’re 60, you realize nobody’s been thinking about you at all.” — P.45

“Now, when anything ‘bad’ happens, I remember that everything that ever happens to me has within it the seeds of something better. I look for the upside rather than the downside. I ask myself, ‘Where’s the greater benefit in this event?'” — P.47

“What if you, too, were to greet every interaction in your life with the question ‘What’s the potential opportunity that this is?'” — P.48

“To make sure a goal unleashes the power of your subconscious mind…it must be stated in a way that you and anybody else could measure it.” — P.51

“When Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner asked a roomful of Olympic hopefuls if they had a list of written goals, every one raised their hands. When he asked how many of them had that list with them right that moment, only one person raised their hand. That person was Dan O’Brien. And it was Dan O’Brien who went on to win the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Don’t underestimate the power of setting goals and constantly reviewing them.” — P.55

“I first learned about the power of affirmations when W. Clement Stone challenged me to set a goal so far beyond my current circumstances it would literally astound me if I achieved it.” — P.79

“You can begin right now to act as if you have achieved any goal you desire, and that outer experience of acting as if it will create the inner experience — the millionaire mindset, as it were — that will take you to the actual manifestation of that experience.” — P.92

“To demonstrate the power of taking action in my seminars, I hold up a $100 bill and ask, ‘Who wants this $100 bill?’ Invariably, most of the people in the audience will raise their hands. Some will wave their hands vigorously back and forth; some will even shout out ‘I want it’ or ‘I’ll take it’ or ‘Give it to me.’ But I just stand there calmly holding out the bill until they get it. Eventually, someone jumps out of her seat, rushes to the front of the room, and takes the bill from my hand.” — P.99

“No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.” — P.107 (William Gladstone”

“You can’t cross a sea by merely staring into the water.” — P.109 (Rabindranath Tagore)”

“According to John Troup, writing in USA Today, ‘The average Olympian trains four hours a day at least 310 days a year for six years before succeeding.'” — P.132

“Part of paying the price is the willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. It comes from a declaration that you are going to get it done no matter what it takes, no matter how long it takes, no matter what comes up.” — P.135

“To get over rejection, you have to realize that rejection is really a myth. It doesn’t really exist. It is simply a concept that you hold in your head. Think about it. If you ask Patty to have dinner with you and she says no, you didn’t have anyone to eat dinner with before you asked her, and you don’t have anyone to eat dinner with after you asked her.” — P.146

“Persistence and determination along are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” — P.174 (Calvin Coolidge)

“If you are going to be successful, you have to start hanging out with the successful people. You need to ask them to share their success strategies with you. Then try them on and see if they fit for you. Experiment with doing what they do, reading what they read, thinking the way they think, and so on. If the new ways of thinking and behaving work, adopt them. If not, drop them, and keep looking and experimenting.” — P.194

“The most successful people I’ve met love what they do so much, they would actually do it for free. But they’re successful because they’ve found a way to make a living doing what they love to do. If you’re not skilled enough to do the work you’d love to do, make time to educate yourself so you are. Do whatever it takes to prepare — working part time in your dream job or even volunteering as an intern — while still maintaining your current job.” — P.272

“The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they enjoy most.” — P.279 (Malcolm Forbes)

“Strategic Coach Dan Sullivan once stated that all entrepreneurs are really con artists. They get other people to pay them to practice getting better at what they love to do.” — P.279

“If you surveyed your life and jotted down those activities that brought you the most success, the most financial gain, the most advancement, and the most enjoyment, you discover about 20% of your activity produces about 80% of your success. This phenomenon is the basis for the Pareto Principle, named after the nineteenth-century economist who discovered 80% of an enterprise’s revenue comes from 20% of its customers.” — P.296

“Make sure to immediately write down any impressions you receive. Intuitive impressions are often subtle and therefore ‘evaporate’ very quickly, so make sure to capture them in writing as soon as possible. Recent research in neuroscience indicates that an intuitive insight — or any new idea — not captured within 37 seconds is likely never to be recalled again. In 7 minutes, it’s gone forever. As my buddy Mark Victor Hansen likes to say, ‘As soon as you think it, ink it!'” — P.320

“A recent management study revealed that 46% of employees leaving a company do so because they feel underappreciated; 61% said their bosses don’t place much importance on them as people, and 88% said they do not receive acknowledgement for the work they do.” — P.353

Dan Casstevens, formerly of the Dallas Morning News, tells a story about Frank Szymanski, A Notre Dame center in the 1940s, who had been called in as a witness in a civil suit in South Bend, Indiana.
‘Are you on the Notre Dame football team this year?’ the judge asked.
‘Yes, your honor.’
‘What position?’
‘Center, your honor.’
‘How good a center?’
Szymanski squirmed in his seat, but said firmly: ‘Sir, “I’m the best center Notre Dame ever had.’
Coach Frank Leahy, who was in the courtroom, was surprised. Szymanski had always been modest and unassuming. So when the proceedings were over, he took Szymanski aside and asked why he had made such a statement.
Szymanski blushed.
‘I hated to do it, Coach,’ he said, ‘But, after all, I was under oath.’ — P.358

“The first principle the money lender teaches Arkad is: ‘A part of all you earn must be yours to keep.’ He goes on to explain that by putting aside at least 10% of his earnings — and making that money inaccessible for expenses — Arkad would see this amount build over time, and, in turn, start earning money on its own. Over an even longer time, it would grow into a lot, because of the power of compound interest.” — P.399

“Most of life is on-the-job training. Some of the most important things can only be learned in the process of doing them. You do something and you get feedback — about what works and what doesn’t. If you don’t do anything for fear of doing it wrong, poorly, or badly, you never get any feedback, and therefore you never get to improve.” — P.426