Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield III
Born(1944-08-19) August 19, 1944 (age 68)
Fort Worth, Texas
NationalityUS Citizen
OccupationMotivational speaker, author
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Jack Canfield III
Born(1944-08-19) August 19, 1944 (age 68)
Fort Worth, Texas
NationalityUS Citizen
OccupationMotivational speaker, author

Jack Canfield (born August 19, 1944)[1] is an American motivational speaker and author.[2][3] He is best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which currently has nearly 200 titles and 112 million copies in print in over 40 languages.[4][5][6] According to USA Today, Chicken Soup for the Soul and several of the series titles by Canfield and his writing partner, Mark Victor Hansen, were among the top 150 best-selling books of the last 15 years (October 28, 1993 through October 23, 2008).[7]

In July 2004, Jack Canfield founded the Transformational Leadership Council,[8] 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. So far, semi-annual meetings have been held in USA, Canada, Bermuda and Mexico.[9] As of January 2012, membership numbered 120.



Canfield has worked as a teacher, a workshop facilitator, and a psychotherapist.[6] He is a Democrat and a follower of "the secret" and the Law of Attraction, and his hobbies include tennis, travel, skiing, running, billiards, reading, and guitar.[6] In 1962, he graduated from high school at Linsly Military Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia and he received a BA in Chinese History in 1966 from Harvard University and an MEd at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1973.[6] In 1978 he was named Outstanding Young Man of America by the U.S. Jaycees.[6] On September 9, 1978, he married Georgia Lee Noble, with whom he had a son (Christopher N. Canfield). They divorced in December 1999. On July 4, 2001, Canfield married Inga Marie Mahoney. In the recently released Long Past Stopping, Canfield's first son, Oran, from a previous marriage, details a troubled childhood with a distant father, as well as his skepticism of the entire self-help genre in which his father became famous.[10]


In 1990, Canfield shared with Mark Victor Hansen the idea for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and after three years, the two had compiled sixty-eight stories.[4] Canfield has appeared on numerous television shows, including Good Morning America, 20/20 and NBC Nightly News.[2]

Canfield is the founder of "Self Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara, and "The Foundation for Self Esteem" in Culver City, California.[6] He is also the founder and CEO of the Canfield Training Group.[11] One of Canfield's most recent books, The Success Principles (2005), shares 64 principles that he claims can make people more successful.[2] 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, "The Secret", and also in the book titled "The secret" by Rhonda byrne 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 members' club.[12]

Apart from being an author, Canfield is also a speaker and trainer. He conducts seminars focused on peak performance, such as Break Through to Success.[11] He also trains speakers and trainers about training and teaching the Success Principles through his Train the Trainer program.[citation needed]


(Other than the Chicken Soup for the Soul series)

Honors awards[6]


  1. ^ "Jack Canfield". Contemporary Authors Online. Gale. August 31, 2006. Retrieved on February 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c hcibooks, "Jack Canfield", accessed 02-14-2009
  3. ^ [1] Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame, accessed 02-14-2009
  4. ^ a b chickensoup.com, "History of Chicken Soup for the Soul", accessed 02-14-2009
  5. ^ Book Business (July 11, 2008), "Simon & Schuster Enters into Sales and Distribution Agreement with Chicken Soup for the Soul", accessed 02-14-2009
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h biography.jrank.org, Famous Authors Vol 17, Jack Canfield, accessed 02-14-2009
  7. ^ [2] USA Today, "USA TODAY's best-selling books of last 15 years", accessed 02-14-2009
  8. ^ http://www.transformationalleadershipcouncil.com
  9. ^ Ellis, Doug (2011) Transformational Leadership Council Vol. II San Francisco: Blurb Publishing 
  10. ^ [3]
  11. ^ a b c Schawbel, Dan (21 November 2011), "Jack Canfield and The Golden Motorcycle Gang", Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2011/11/21/jack-canfield-and-the-golden-motorcycle-gang/, retrieved 1 February 2012 
  12. ^ "Frequently-asked Questions". The Transformational Leadership Council. http://www.transformationalleadershipcouncil.com/faq.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. "The only way to become a member is to be nominated by a member. Members may nominate one new member a year." 

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