Chicken Soup for the Soul: Unlocking the Secrets to Living Your Dreams: Inspirational Stories, Powerful Principles and Practical Techniques to Help You Make Your Dreams Come True

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Unlocking the Secrets to Living Your Dreams: Inspirational Stories, Powerful Principles and Practical Techniques to Help You Make Your Dreams Come True


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In this commemorative tenth anniversary edition, readers will find fifty of the best-loved stories from the series, those that exemplify the spirit of Chicken Soup and its ability to illuminate the path we all walk on. Included are poignant letters from readers whose lives were transformed by what they read and a special section written by coauthors, master motivators Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, on the special principles of living your dreams that everyone can follow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623611200
Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas


B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

Read an Excerpt

In our dreams we all aspire to be, do and have great things. Yet most of us simply aren't creating the results we want. We don't have enough money, romance,
success or joy in our lives. What we need to understand is that greatness exists in all of us, but it is up to us to pull it out of ourselves. It is true that we all have genius. We just need to learn how to apply our genius.

This book is divided into ten sections that parallel the ten strategies that you will need to employ to successfully live your dreams. Each one is an important piece of the overall system that will take you from where you are to where you want to be. Let's get started.

Step 1. Decide What You Want

The indispensable first step

to getting things you want out of life

is this: Decide what you want.

Ben Stein, actor and author

In order to get what you want, you must first decide what you want. Most people get stuck at this crucial first step because they simply can't see how it's possible to get what they want—so they don't even let themselves want it. Don't sabotage yourself that way! What we now know about how the brain works is that you must first decide WHAT you want, before your brain can figure out HOW to get it.

Be willing to dream big dreams

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

William Faulkner

When the two of us decided to write Chicken Soup for the Soul,
we had a big dream. We wanted to create a book that would change millions of lives. Our dream was to sell 150,000 copies the first year and a million copies by the end of the following year. We were thinking number one on the bestseller lists from the very beginning. We wanted to touch as many lives as possible—to make a big difference in the world. Our corporate mission statement is to inspire and empower people to live their highest vision in a context of love and joy.
Through the Chicken Soup for the Soul books we wanted to heal and change the world one story at a time. It was a big dream.

Later, after selling 50 million books, we decided to make the dream bigger. We created what we call our "2020 Vision"—to sell one billion Chicken Soup for the Soul books worldwide and raise
500 million dollars for charity by the year 2020. So far we are approaching
70 titles with almost 90 million copies sold in 39 languages, and almost 4 million dollars contributed to charity.

Two years ago, we set the goal to sell one million books in one day. The main purpose was just to stretch our thinking. We realized if we were going to sell one billion books by 2020, we were going to have to pick up the pace. Only a few weeks later we were at the Book ExpoAmerica in Chicago. Jack was riding the bus taking people back to their hotels when he learned the woman sitting next to him was the head buyer for the WH Smith Stores—the chain that sells books and magazines at airports.

When Jack shared our goal of selling one million books in one day, she quickly said, "I can help you do that!" She then helped formulate an elaborate plan of creating book signings in all of the airport bookstores across the country. It would start early in the morning in the East Coast airports—O'Hare, JFK, Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Dulles, Atlanta,
Miami and Orlando—and then follow the sun first to the Midwest and eventually the West Coast. We would find an airline partner that would fly all of the Chicken Soup coauthors from airport to airport taking advantage of the peak rush times, thus reaching millions of potential buyers in one day.

We have learned that as soon as you commit to a big dream and really go after it, not only will your creative mind come up with big ideas to make it happen, you will also start attracting the people you need into your life to make your dream come true. Big dreams inspire you and others to want to play all out. So let your dreams be as big as you want them to be.

Set Goals That Will Stretch You

Another value in giving yourself permission to go after the big dreams is that big dreams require you to grow in order to achieve them. In fact,
in the long run, that is the greatest benefit you will receive from pursuing your dreams: mastery over your life. It is not just about the material benefits you receive (the car, the house, the money), but who you become in the process.
As we all have seen many times over, the outer symbols of success can be easily lost. Houses burn down, companies go bankrupt, relationships end in divorce,
cars get old, clothes go out of style, bodies age and fame wanes, but who you are, what you have learned and the new skills you have developed never go away.
These are the true prizes of achieving success. Our friend Jim Rohn advises:
You want to set a big enough goal so that in the process of achieving it, you become someone worth becoming.

In the process of building what has become the Chicken Soup
phenomenon, we had to stretch and expand in many areas. We had to learn about publishing, marketing, PR, radio and television. As our staff grew from four to sixteen people, we had to learn new business and management skills.
As our opportunities and projects grew, we had to learn how to better balance our work life and family lives. We had to hire consultants, take courses, attend conventions, read books, listen to tapes and ask for advice from many quarters.
Through all of that, we gained valuable skills, learned many lessons and gained a lot of wisdom. We are better and stronger for it.

¬2003. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Soul Living Your Dreams by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher.
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach,
FL 33442.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 How to Live Your Dream

How to Live Your Dream Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen 3

2 Dare to Dream and Set Goals

Together, Achieving Our Olympic Dream Penny Vicky Vilagos 58

Follow Your Dream Jack Canfield 64

A Chicken Soup Contributor Responds Jean Harper 66

Finding My Wings Sue Augustine 68

Glenna's Goal Book Glenna Salsbury 72

The Little Girl Who Dared to Wish Alan D. Schultz 76

One Person Can Make a Difference Bob Proctor Bob Templeton 80

Standing Tall on a Surfboard in Midlife Mike Gordon 85

3 Believe in Yourself

You Can't Afford to Doubt Yourself Nora Profit 88

Discouraged? Jack Canfield 93

A Salesman's First Sale Rob Toni Nick Harris 95

Batgirl Dandi Daley Mackall 99

There Are No Vans Anthony Robbins 104

"If I Were Really Important ..." Susan Jeffers 108

The Professor and Me Catherine Lanigan 110

The Interview Nicole Jenkins Michele "Screech" Campanelli 116

A Chicken Soup Reader Responds Kyle Christensen 120

Tommy's Bumper Sticker Mark Victor Hansen 123

A Chicken Soup Reader Responds Stephanie Pieper 128

Trash Bags Are for Trash Mackenzie Snyder 130

A Chicken Soup Contributor Responds Jessica Lynn Burnham 137

4 It's Never Too Late

Never Too Old to Live Your Dream Dan Clark 140

Teacher at Last Eugene Edwards Gloria Cassity Stargel 143

Is Fire Goddess Spelled with Two Ds? Linda Stafford 149

Never Too Late Linda Apple 153

How I Got into the Movies Gunter David 157

Grandma Moses and Me Liah Kraft-Kristaine 161

5 The Power of Support: You Can't Do It Alone

The Drive of a Champion Jack Cavanaugh 167

Riding Tandem Erik Weihenmayer 174

Hall of Fame Debra Peppers 180

A Chicken Soup Contributor Responds Debra Peppers 184

A Hundred and One Atlantic Nights Jan Meek Daniel Byles Janet Matthews 185

The Kindness of Strangers Mike McIntyre 193

6 Be Willing to Pay the Price

Willing to Pay the Price John McCormack 200

A Little Courage Goes a Long Way Sandra Crowe 204

The Price of a Dream Ricky C. Hunley 208

A Perfect Skate Nancy E. Myer 210

Dreams Have a Price Gene Perret 214

7 Take Action

One at a Time Jaroldeen Edwards 218

When Dreams Won't Die Marilyn Johnson Kondwani 222

Look Out Baby, I'm Your Love Man! Jack Canfield 226

Ask, Affirm, Take Action Claudette Hunter 230

Ask, Ask, Ask Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen 234

Ask, Ask, Ask ... The Story Continues Abraham Estimada 237

How Prayer Made Me a Father Again Richard Whetstone 238

Why Wait? ... Just Do It! Glenn Hellmi McIntyre 243

The First Step Rabona Turner Gordon 247

A Chicken Soup Contributor Responds Rabona Turner Gordon 249

8 The Power of Determination

Ryan's Well of Life Susan Hreljac Darlene Montgomery 252

Unstoppable Dixie Jane Sokolik 258

The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer Art E. Berg 262

Dare to Imagine Marilyn King Carol Kline 267

18 Holes in His Mind Bert Decker 270

Against All Odds Amy Ash Nixon 272

The Cowboy's Story Larry Winget 285

Baby-Lift LeAnn Thieman Sharon Linnéa 291

A Cowboy's Last Chance Dirk Johnson 297

The Day Mother Cried Gerald Moore 304

The Power of Determination Burt Dubin 311

9 Never Give Up

Consider This Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen 316

Begin at the Beginning Lola De Julio De Maci 321

Embassy of Hope David Like 325

Opportunity Omar Periu 328

The Magic Skates Barbara Underhill Paul Martini 333

A Little Girl's Dream Jann Mitchell 340

How to Be New and Different Patricia Lorenz 344

Who Is Jack Canfield? 351

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 352

Contributors 353

Permissions 362

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