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

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

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Your Dreams: Inspirational Stories, Powerful Principles and Practical Techniques to Help You Make Your Dreams Come True by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen

In the decade since it was first published, the magic of Chicken Soup for the Soul has touched the hearts and minds of nearly 70 million readers from all walks of life with its stories of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. With its powerful message of hope and inspiration, the series that Newsweek called "a publishing phenomenon" has taught readers that dreams really do come true for those who dare to believe that any obstacle, no matter how daunting, can be overcome with persistence, patience and belief in oneself.

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.

This keepsake edition is a must-have for every reader who has ever opened his or her heart to the goodness and grace that is Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757301179
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/12/2003
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Edition description: 10th Anniversary
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors who have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional success of others.


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

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1How to Live Your Dream
How to Live Your Dream2
2Dare to Dream and Set Goals
Together, Achieving Our Olympic Dream58
Follow Your Dream64
A Chicken Soup Contributor Responds66
New Directions68
Finding My Wings71
Glenna's Goal Book75
The Little Girl Who Dared to Wish79
One Person Can Make a Difference83
Standing Tall on a Surfboard in Midlife88
3Believe in Yourself
You Can't Afford to Doubt Yourself92
A Salesman's First Sale99
There Are No Vans108
"If I Were Really Important ..."112
The Professor and Me114
The Interview120
A Chicken Soup Reader Responds124
Tommy's Bumper Sticker127
A Chicken Soup Reader Responds132
Trash Bags Are for Trash134
A Chicken Soup Contributor Responds141
4It's Never Too Late
Never Too Old to Live Your Dream144
Teacher at Last147
Is Fire Goddess Spelled with Two Ds?153
Never Too Late157
How I Got into the Movies161
Grandma Moses and Me165
5The Power of Support: You Can't Do It Alone
The Drive of a Champion171
Riding Tandem178
Hall of Fame184
A Chicken Soup Contributor Responds188
A Hundred and One Atlantic Nights189
The Kindness of Strangers197
6Be Willing to Pay the Price
Willing to Pay the Price204
A Little Courage Goes a Long Way208
The Price of a Dream212
A Perfect Skate214
Dreams Have a Price218
7Take Action
One at a Time222
When Dreams Won't Die226
Look Out Baby, I'm Your Love Man!230
Ask, Affirm, Take Action234
Ask, Ask, Ask238
Ask, Ask, Ask ... The Story Continues241
How Prayer Made Me a Father Again242
Why Wait? ... Just Do It!247
The First Step251
A Chicken Soup Contributor Responds253
8The Power of Determination
Ryan's Well of Life256
The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer266
Dare to Imagine271
18 Holes in His Mind274
Against All Odds276
The Cowboy's Story289
A Cowboy's Last Chance301
The Day Mother Cried308
The Power of Determination315
9Never Give Up
Consider This320
Begin at the Beginning325
Embassy of Hope329
The Magic Skates337
A Little Girl's Dream344
How to Be New and Different348
More Chicken Soup?355
Supporting Kids Living Their Dreams356
Who Is Jack Canfield?357
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?358
Resources to Help You Live Your Dreams359
Permissions (continued)369

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