Inspirational Biz Tips from Jack Canfield

A series of Business Tips from Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield (born August 19, 1944) is an American author, motivational speaker, seminar leader, corporate trainer, and entrepreneur. He is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has more than 250 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages. In 2005 Canfield co-authored with Janet Switzer The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.

It’s not an accident that musicians become musicians and engineers become engineers: it’s what they’re born to do. If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily.
~ Jack Canfield

I can remember in high school, my ole fashion mother strongly encouraged me to take ‘secretarial’ electives in high school.  Although I was smart enough, she felt I would be better off being a lowly secretary than to go on to college and get a degree — even though all my brothers ended up with Master’s Degrees!!

Of course, knowing how to type and doing basic bookkeeping did open lots of doors for a 19 year old, but it was not my passion.  It wasn’t until I was in my early 40s that I serious considered getting a degree in Social Work.

When I married Malcolm, and he saw my gift for selling (had several side jobs in sales — just never took it seriously), did I realize that I truly wanted to help people solve their most pressing issues — which is a large part of the sales rep businesses he helped me develop.

Of course, sales turned into consulting — or helping people overcome their biggest wholesale business obstacles — which is where my true passion lies.

Bottom line:  When you are following your passion, ‘life flows much more easily.’


Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.
~ Jack Canfield

How many times have you looked back and wished for a different past?  I know I have!!

According to Jack, the best approach is to look back ONLY on our successes and not waste time wishing things were different, better or more successful!

Once we let go of the past mistakes and shortcomings, we can focus on our next steps — moving closer to fulfillment of our goals.

In other words, let’s maintain a positive focus on our life no matter what is going on.  A challenge, I know, when life is not going the way we want.  But it is so much more effective in the long run that wallowing in regrets and disappointments.


By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments. ~ Jack Canfield

It may sound self-serving, but it is still valuable to spend time reviewing your positive accomplishments in life and business.

Typically, I go through a review of my business in January:  Looking at my past goals to evaluate what worked and what did not in order to plan my strategy for the new year ahead.

I also take time — especially when I feel I am being challenged — to look at all my achievements and blessings up to that point.

Recently, I experiences what seemed to be a real set back in my role as a coach/consultant.  What appeared, on the surface, to be a big failure was really just a move into something much better suited for me.

I agree wholeheartedly with Jack:  Self-acknowledgment and appreciation can give you great insight to propel you forward towards your goals and aspirations.


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