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               Have you ever asked yourself why you are on planet Earth? And what the ultimate purpose for your life might be? Well, Jack Canfield asked himself this very question and came up with a surprising answer?part of which included a vision revealing that he is part of a ?Golden Motorcycle Gang??a gang whose intent is to have fun, but also to make significant contributions to the well-being of humanity.

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Overview

               Have you ever asked yourself why you are on planet Earth? And what the ultimate purpose for your life might be? Well, Jack Canfield asked himself this very question and came up with a surprising answer—part of which included a vision revealing that he is part of a “Golden Motorcycle Gang”—a gang whose intent is to have fun, but also to make significant contributions to the well-being of humanity.

                During a joyful dinner many years ago in Santa Barbara, California, Jack told his friend William Gladstone about the Gang. Upon hearing this account, William had an epiphany that Jack’s story held a powerful underlying truth not only explaining Jack’s true purpose, but William’s as well. For more than ten years, William encouraged Jack to write a book based on the story of the Gang, so they have now collaborated on this work to show you its relevance to this critical moment in the history of human civilization . . . and also to you, personally. As you read, you will be introduced to some of the extraordinary members of the Golden Motorcycle Gang, including visionary thinkers such as Barbara Marx Hubbard, the originator of the concept of Conscious Evolution. 

                The mystery and adventure inherent in this book reveals that there is now the opportunity for all of us on planet Earth to make a quantum leap in real time toward choosing the actual course of our evolution. Along the way, we are meant to experience the joy that comes from recognizing who we really are.

                Perhaps, as you embark on Jack’s journey along with him . . . you will find that you are also a member of the Golden Motorcycle Gang! So get ready for the adventure of your life!

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401936198
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/11/2011
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 563,463
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is the co-author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has sold more than 500 million copies in 47 languages. Known as America’s #1 Success Coach, he is also the author of The Success Principles, The Aladdin Factor, Dare to Win, The Key to Living the Law of Attraction, and The Power of Focus. Jack is a featured teacher in the movies The Secret and Tapping the Source; and has appeared on more than 1,000 radio and television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Montel, Larry King Live, and the Today show.

                Jack is the CEO of the Canfield Training Group and the founder of the Transformational Leadership Council. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts, and lives with his wife, Inga, in Santa Barbara, California.

                Website: www.JackCanfield.com        

                               

 

As an author, William Gladstone is best known for his international bestseller The Twelve. He is also the co-author of Tapping the Source and co-producer of the film of the same name. William has  an undergraduate  degree from Yale University and a graduate degree in cultural anthropology from Harvard University.

                As a literary agent and the founder of Waterside Productions, William represents  luminaries such as Eckhart Tolle, Thom Hartmann, and Neale Donald Walsch. He is a trustee of the International  Club of Budapest and has served as the founding  alumni president for Schoolyear Abroad. William resides in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California.

                Website: www.waterside.com

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."

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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:

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

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    A Story of Transformation

    Sometimes you pick up a book and know while reading it that it was something you needed without knowing you had the need. I felt like this several times while reading The Golden Motorcycle Gang by Jack Canfield and William Gladstone. If you are familiar with the Chicken Soup for the Soul series then your are already familiar with Jack Canfield and William Gladstone authored the book The Twelve. The book states it is a ¿Story of Transformation¿. It is indeed. Not only for the ones who wrote it but for the ones that read it as well. This is a fun book to read and is told in the third person about the life of Jack Canfield, his purpose in life and the people he meets in his life that also are a part of the ¿master plan¿ of a more positive world. This is a heart warming book that will inspire. If you have always felt that you were here to play a more major role in contributing to the ¿goodness¿ in the world then this book will motivate you to examine your current situation and look around contemplate your life and the path to your true life¿s purpose. On a personal note I had a couple of revelations on my own and will be working with individuals that were placed in my life to spread kindness and more positiveness in my corner of the world. If I hadn¿t read this book I don¿t know if I would have had the revelations. If you¿d like to be inspired then I suggest you read the book. As part of the FTC disclaimer rules I am making you aware that I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the book.

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    Worst book ever

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    A story of love

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