This is a non-fiction book. Jack Canfield is the ridiculously successful co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. But he's more than just an author. He's an entrepreneur and motivational speaker, among many other things. He lays out 52 principles he's gathered over the years that are essential for success. (Hence the title of the book.)
These principles encompass everything from attitude adjustment to taking risks to changing your mindset to having faith. The reader not only gets valuable information from someone who's done it all and been enormously successful, but he tells stories and gives real life examples so we can see the principles in action.
Some of my favorite quotes (There's about a billion, but here are a few):
"Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses."--George Washington Carver
"You only have control over three things in your life--the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take." (pg. 109)
"The world doesn't owe you anything. You have to create it." (pg. 13)
My favorite principles (Again, they're ALL awesome, but...):
1. Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life
25. Drop out of the "Ain't it Awful" Club and Surround Yourself with Successful People
55. Be a Class Act
58. Pay Yourself First
63. Start Now!...Just Do It!
If you've ever wanted to begin a new endeavor, run a business (yes, your writing counts!) learn a new skill, or simply find success at anything you are doing or want to do, this book will be invaluable. I'd recommend it for absolutely everyone. After all, what is life without its pinnacle successes?
Has anyone else read The Success Principles? Which is your favorite principle?