Dare to Win

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Will you take the dare?

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen believe that life has much more to offer us...if we dare to reach for it. Dare To Win offers a plan for doing just that—by developing the kind of confidence and self-esteem that allows each of us to think like a winner. This simple program can work for anyone, no matter what their personal goals. Dare to conquer ...

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Overview

Will you take the dare?

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen believe that life has much more to offer us...if we dare to reach for it. Dare To Win offers a plan for doing just that—by developing the kind of confidence and self-esteem that allows each of us to think like a winner. This simple program can work for anyone, no matter what their personal goals. Dare to conquer your fears and accept life's challenge. Dare to Win.

In the authors' own words:

Amazing results! That's what we all want in our lives.

We might want more money. Or perhaps it's a more stimulating job we desire. Maybe it's true love, or a more gratifying sexual relationship. We might secretly dream of being in the movies, or of being president of a corporation, or even of entering politics.

In our dreams we all aspire to greater things. Yet a great many of us simply aren't getting the results we want. We don't have enough money, romance, success or joy in our lives. We don't feel fulfilled or satisfied. In some very deep and personal way, we sense that we aren't living up to our full potential, that we aren't winners.
Why?

Why aren't we all what we want to be? Why don't we have all that we want? Why aren't we prosperous and blessed with the world's abundance? What's holding us back?

Copyright 1994 Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

From the #1 bestselling authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Aladdin Factor comes a collection of their winning methods for success. Dare to Win is a program designed to help absolutely anyone learn to conquer their fears and accept life's challenges. "It's a winning program for success. And it's also great fun to read. I strongly recommend it."--Og Mandino. Author lecture tours.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425150764
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 696,244
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are motivational speakers who conduct seminars around the world. Their Chicken Soup books have spent several months at the top of the New York Times and many other national bestseller lists. They are also the authors of The Aladdin Factor. This writing team has over 4 million copies of their books in print. They both live in California.

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Learn to Dare
Introduction
1 Problems Are Opportunities in Disguise 1
2 Expand Your Imagination About What's Possible 18
3 Focus Your Energy 31
4 Affirm Yourself 54
5 Life Is a Balancing Act 70
6 You Can Do It with Love 75
7 The Joy of Marriage and Family 97
8 Achieving Total Prosperity 114
9 Achieving Total Well-Being 145
10 It's Who You Meet That Counts 166
11 Strengthening Your Mind 177
12 Awakening Our Spiritual Selves 192
Conclusion 203
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