Jack Canfield (born August
19, 1944) is an American motivational speaker and author.
He is best known as the co-creator of
the Chicken Soup for the
book series, which currently has nearly 200 titles
and 112 million copies in print in over 40 languages. According to
, Chicken Soup for
and several of the series titles by Canfield and his
writing partner, Mark Victor
, were among the top 150 best-selling books of the last
15 years (October 28, 1993 through October 23, 2008).
In July 2004, The Jack Canfield founded the Transformational Leadership
, a group of thought leaders, speakers, authors,
coaches, trainers, researchers, consultants, and other leaders in
the fields of personal and professional development. The members of
TLC meet semi-annually to network, connect, and learn from each
other, to enhance members' effectiveness and contribution in the
world. As of January 2009, membership numbered 99.
Canfield has worked as a teacher, a workshop facilitator
and a psychotherapist
. He is a
, and his hobbies include tennis,
travel, skiing, running, billiards, reading, and guitar.
he graduated from high school at Linsly Military Institute in
Wheeling, West Virginia and he received a BA in Chinese History in 1966
University and an MEd at University of Massachusetts
Amherst in 1973.
In 1971 he married Judith Ohlbaum, with
whom he had two children. In 1978 he was named Outstanding Young
Man of America by the U.S. Jaycees
September 9, 1978, he married Georgia Lee Noble, with whom he had a
son. They divorced in December 1999. On July 4, 2001, Canfield
married for a third time to Inga Marie Mahoney. In the recently
released Long Past Stopping
Canfield's first son, Oran,
details a troubled childhood with a distant father, as well as his
skepticism of the entire self-help
in which his father became famous.
In 1990, Canfield shared with Mark
the idea for the Chicken Soup for the
series and after three years, the two had compiled
sixty-eight stories. Canfield has appeared on numerous television
shows, including Good Morning
, Eye to Eye
Talk Back Live
, The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Montel Williams
, Larry King
, and the BBC
is the founder of "Self Esteem Seminars" in Santa
Barbara, and "The Foundation for Self Esteem" in Culver City,
One of Canfield's most recent books,
(2005), shares 64 principles that he claims can
make people more successful. In 2008, he wrote The Success
Principles for Teens
with Kent Healy, as a result of the
success of his original book. In 2006, he appeared in the DVD,
", and shared his
insights on the Law of Attraction
and tips for achieving success in personal and professional life.
In the summer of 2004 Canfield founded The Transformational
Leadership Council (TLC), a closed membership, invitation only
(Other than the Chicken Soup for the Soul
- About Me: A Curriculum for a Developing Self, Encyclopedia Britannica (With
Harold C. Wells) (Chicago, IL), 1971.
- One Hundred Ways to Enhance Self-Concept in the Classroom:
A Handbook for Teachers and Parents (With Harold C. Wells),
Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ),
1976, revised edition, Allyn & Bacon (Boston, MA), 1993.
- Personalized Learning: Confluent Processes in the
Classroom, privately printed (Newington, CT), 1976, published
as Loving to Learn, Self-Esteem Seminars (Culver City,
- Self-Esteem in the Classroom: A Curriculum Guide,
Self-Esteem Seminars (With Marie Reese, Ron Rowland, Sandie
Limina, and others) (Culver City, CA), 1986.
- Self-Esteem and Peak Performance: A Transcript,
Career-Track (Boulder, CO), 1991.
- One Hundred and One Ways to Develop Student Self-Esteem and
Responsibility in the Classroom (With Frank Siccone) ,
Allyn & Bacon (Boston, MA),
Volume 1: The Teacher as Coach, 1992, Volume 2: The
Power to Succeed in School and Beyond, 1992, published in one
- Los Angeles Dodgers Team Esteem Program: A Self-Esteem
Curriculum Guide, Los Angeles
Times (Los Angeles, CA), 1992.
- Dare to Win (With Mark Victor Hansen), Berkley Books (New York, NY), 1994.
- Follow Your Dreams: A Goals-setting Workbook (With
Karen Goldberg), Dream Time Project (Wayne, PA), 1994.
- The Aladdin Factor: How to Ask for and Get Everything You
Want in Life (With Mark Victor Hansen), Berkley Books (New York, NY), 1995.
- Heart at Work: Stories and Strategies for Building
Self-Esteem and Reawakening the Soul at Work (With Jacqueline
Miller), McGraw (New York, NY), 1996.
- A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul (With Mark Victor
Hansen and Barry Spilchuk), Health Communications (Deerfield Beach,
- The Power of Focus, Health Communications (With Mark
Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt), (Deerfield Beach, FL), 2000.
- The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to
Where You Want to Be (With Janet Switzer), HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.
- Named Outstanding Young Man of America, U.S. Jaycees, 1978
- honorary Ph.D., University of Santa Monica, 1981
- For Chicken Soup for the Soul: One Hundred and One Stories
to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit:
- American Booksellers Book of the Year (ABBY) award 1995
- Storytelling World award for tellable adult stories, 1995
- Body, Mind, and Soul Book award, 1996
- American Family Institute Nonfiction Literary award,
- Named Southern California Book Publicist of the Year, 1995
- Storytelling World award for tellable adult stories, 1996, for
A Second Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul
- Distinguished Author award, Radio and Television Interview
- Motivator of the Year award, Business Digest, 1999
- Chancellor's Medal, University of Massachusetts, 1998
- Promise of the Earth Award, National Arbor Day Foundation,
- Oprah's Angel Network Award, 1999.
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August 31, 2006. Retrieved on February 13, 2009.
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