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What I Learned From Jack Canfield

Corey and Jack Canfield


I have been in awe of thought leaders for close to 20 years. 10 years ago I decided to take massive action. I made a list of the 100 thought leaders I wanted to personally interview. Highly successful colleagues of mine told me I would be lucky to interview 20 on the list. Given the list I put together, I would have been happy with that number. That didn’t mean I intended to play small. I was just realistic about how difficult it would be to reach some of the leaders on the list.

You can imagine the surprise when a year later I had interviewed 93 leaders on that list.

One of those leaders was Success Principles Author, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Co-Creator, Jack Canfield.

Canfield is an absolute master at his craft, and his success, in many ways, is unparalleled.

I learned a great deal from him during our meeting.

Here are three of the big ones.

1) If you want to get to a place where few people get, you have to be willing to do what few people will:

When I asked Canfield what habit he practices each day that he feels is most responsible for his success, he shared that it would have to be his Hour of Power.

At the beginning of each day, before any interruptions begin, he spends 20 minutes meditating, 20 minutes exercising and 20 minutes learning.

I describe this as feeding your mind, your body and your soul.

The key thing is these 3 habits are each powerful habits on their own. When practiced together, and practiced before many people start their day, before the distractions begin, they can take a person’s game to a whole different level.

After I began practicing them personally, I began to see goals crushed in months that once took years.

2) If you want the right outcome, you have to choose the right response:

Canfield credits Dr. Robert Resnick with sharing this formula with him, and notes that it was another game changer. The formula is E (Event) + R (Response) = O (Outcome).

Essentially, it states that for every event we get hit with, our response will dictate our outcome. We can’t change the event, be it the economy, the person in line or the weather, BUT we can choose to have the type of response needed to arrive at the outcome we desire and therefore, we are absolutely in control of the outcomes we experience on a regular basis.

3) If you want get to yes, you may have to go through no.

It’s almost legendary now. Canfield and his partner Mark Victor Hansen were met with no less than 140 publisher rejections when initially pitching the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. They were told there was no market for the series that has since gone on to result in over 500 million books in print. They believed there was a market, and they believed in themselves. Each time they received a no, they went out and asked again. Finally, a small publisher took a chance on the project and the rest, as they say, is history.

The lessons I have learned from Canfield have not only impacted millions of others, but in my life I can actually say that I practice these three habits and lessons daily, and they have literally changed my life for the better.

The question is: Do you want get to the place where few people get, do you want to enjoy better outcomes, and do you want to get to the yes that could impact your life and the lives of others in a major way?

I believe that you do, and hope that you will, and I can’t wait to see the magic you create.

ps. If you’d like to learn more about the timeless secrets I have discovered after interviews with over 4,000 of the world’s top leaders, don’t forget to grab a copy (or copies) of my new book, The Book of WHY (and HOW) at

Written by Corey Poirier

Corey is a globally renown, award winning keynote speaker.

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