The Success Principles by Jack Canfield – The Truth About What It REALLY Takes To Become Successful At Anything!

This is my book review of The Success Principles by author Jack Canfield.

AuthorJack Canfield
TitleThe Success Principles
SubtitleHow to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
First published2004
Typenon-fiction
Genreself-help
Author’s websitejackcanfield.com
Rating10/10
RecommendedYes (Hell Yeah!)
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My personal notes on The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

This book can be a game-changer for your life, so I highly recommend you read it as soon as possible. Jack’s already states right in the first sentence of the introduction that this is not a book of good ideas but timeless principles used by successful men women throughout history.

The principles always work if you work the principles. […] Anyone can consistently produce […] results on a regular basis. All you have to do is decide what it is you want, believe you deserve it, and practice the success principles.

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

He names William Clement Stone as his mentor and the person who taught him the success principles.

The first part of the book starts out with The Fundamentals of Success and everything else is based on the first principle: Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life.

It is time to stop looking outside yourself for the answers to why you haven’t created the life and results you want, for it is you who creates the quality of the life you lead and the results you produce.

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

The responsibility for your life is 100% yours, no limits, no excuses. You’ve got to take one hundred percent responsibility for everything. You have to give up all your excuses and all your victim stories.

As motivational philosopher Jim Rohn has so aptly put it, ‘You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.’

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Life will happen, with it’s ups and downs. There are a lot of things that we can not control. But you can always be aware of the situation, pause for a moment, and concisely respond to what is happening. You can and must take 100% control of your responses to events.

Event + Response = Outcome

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

The simple idea and most important point of this equation is that every outcome you experience in life, whether positive or negative, whether good or bad, is the result of how you have responded to an earlier event in your life.

Blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Jack suggests you simply change your responses (R) to the events (E) until you get the outcomes (O) you want.

You only have control over three things in your life – the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take.

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

The ideas and concepts above are from the first principle of the book The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. There is so much more to this book, but it all evolves from this first principle.

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What others think about you is none of your business.

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Intentionally change your habits, here is how

This is my book review of The Power of Habit by author Charles Duhigg.

AuthorCharles Duhigg
TitleThe Power of Habit
SubtitleWhy We Do What We Do in Life and Business
First published2012
Typenon-fiction
Genreself-help
Author’s websitecharlesduhigg.com
Rating9/10
RecommendedYes
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My personal notes on The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

This book explains the science and mental processes of habit creation and reformation.

Habits, scientists say, emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Habits are powerful, but delicate. They can emerge outside our consciousness, or can be deliberately designed. They often occur without our permission, but can be reshaped by fiddling with their parts. They shape our lives far more than we realize – they are so strong, in fact, that they cause our brains to cling to them at the exclusion of all else, including common sense.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

In the first part Charles explains the habit loop pattern. It consists of a cue, a routine, and a reward. These components help us understand how to change bad habits or form good ones.

As people strengthened their willpower muscles in one part of their lives – in the gym, or a money management program – that strength spilled over into what they ate or how hard they worked. Once willpower became stronger, it touched everything.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The golden rule of habit change states that if you keep the cue, replace the routine, and keep the reward, change will eventually occur.

Willpower isn’t just a skill. It’s a muscle, like the muscles in your arms or legs, and it gets tired as it works harder, so there’s less power left over for other things.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Belief is a critical element of change. Often people who join groups like accountability groups are better off than those who act alone as individuals. 

It is facile to imply that smoking, alcoholism, overeating, or other ingrained patters can be upended without real effort. Genuine change requires work and self-understanding of the cravings driving behaviors.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

A keystone habit is a routine that is capable of initiating new habits in the lives of people.

Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

You have to have the willpower to change a habit, or more precise the routine. Otherwise, the old habit will unfold automatically.

When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So unless you deliberately fight a habit – unless you find new routines – the pattern will unfold automatically.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau – A Practical Guide For Entrepreneurs

This is my book review of The $100 Startup by author Chris Guillebeau.

AuthorChris Guillebeau
TitleThe $100 Startup
SubtitleReinvent the Way You Make a Living,
Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
First published2012
Typenon-fiction
Genreself-help
Author’s websitechrisguillebeau.com
Rating9.5/10
RecommendedYes (Hell Yeah!)
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My personal notes on The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

I’m following Chris for quite a while already and read a lot of his published content. He’s a smart dude and his writing style is just awesome!

Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Many aspiring business owners make two common, related mistakes: thinking too much about where to get money to start their project and thinking too little about where the business income will come from.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

If you’re still in the “wantrepreneur” stage but haven’t started anything yet, get this book! It’s full of great stories of people who started acting on their dreams. Who took the leap, started their hustle and overcame their excuses.

The new reality is that working at a job may be the far riskier choice. Instead, take the safe road and go out on your own.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Spend only on things that have a direct relationship to sales.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Chris itself doesn’t just talk but walks his talk, a genius in turning ideas into businesses.

Ask three questions for every idea: a. How would I get paid with this idea? b. How much would I get paid from this idea? c. Is there a way I could get paid more than once?

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

If you make your business about helping others, you’ll always have plenty of work.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

The author looked for and found many people who did it like him: They all found a way to “opt out” of the traditional employment system to create and pursue something meaningful.

When all else fails, ask yourself how you can help people more.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Chris emphasizes this point again and again throughout the book: It’s all about HELPING PEOPLE. That’s why he’s thriving and will continue to do so.

If I needed money, I learned to think in terms of how I could get what I needed by making something and selling it, not by cutting costs elsewhere or working for someone else.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Compared with working just to make a living, it’s much easier to do what you love and get paid for it. You just have to find the right passion, the right audience, and the right business model.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

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The basics of starting a business are very simple; you don’t need an MBA (keep the $60,000 tuition), venture capital, or even a detailed plan. You just need a product or service, a group of people willing to pay for it, and a way to get paid.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau