Jack Canfield was born on August 19, 1944, in Fort Worth Texas.
He was the son of Elmer and Ellen (a homemaker) Canfield. Jack married Judith Ohlbaum in 1971 and divorced, November 1976. He then remarried to Georgia Lee Noble in 1978 but divorced in December 1999. In July of 2001 Jack remarried to his third wife Inga Marie Mahoney. He had children to his first wife, who he later divorced. Oran David, Kyle Dania and Christopher Noble were the children to his second wife. Jack spent most of his teenage life growing up in Martins Ferry, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia. He lived with his sister Kimberly and his two brothers, Rick and Taylor.
In an interview of Canfield, a reporter asked him “You said that commitment to lifelong learning is essential to success in life. Why?” He told her that there is a method that he uses; the law of probabilities states that the more things you try, the more likely one of them will work. He used an example that the more books you read, the more likely one of them will have the answers. When he is home he tries to read a book a day, but when he’s not home he barely has time to read at all. He has read over 3,000 books in his life. By reading these books, he has gained lots of answers he can use in his everyday work and personal life. When Jack first started out in the world, he had a boss who said he would pay for any seminars he wanted to take. He seized the opportunity and took 38 weekend workshops. It has always been his dream to learn everything that he can. He does this by searching the internet, listening to CDs, watching every type of movie, and reading all different types of books and magazines.
Jack is a Harvard graduate with a master’s degree in Psychological Education. He also has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Over 30 years, Jack has been a psychotherapist, an educational consultant, a trainer and a strong leader. Some of Jack’s best selling books are The Success Principles, How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to be, The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, and Dare to Win. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having seven books simultaneously on the New York best seller list. Jack has been on more than 1,000 radio and TV programs.
During Jack’s second marriage he met with Mark Victor Hanson, an author who worked with the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Jack met with him to share stories he wrote. His vision was to take short stories and combine them into a book. Through their work together, Jack and Mark came up with 68 stories and began appearing them to publishers and agents to sell the book. In 1997 Jack and Mark were the top selling book in the United States. Jack has created the Canfield Training Group for Individuals. This program is designed as motivation to help people with different problems in their lives. Jack is also The CEO of “Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises”, in order to promote and publish activities around the world and promote his radio program. His career did not end with the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Canfield still gives speeches around the world to help better peoples’ lives.
In conclusion, Jack Canfield is one of the most influential and inspirational authors and motivational speakers of all time. His books have helped to entirely change peoples’ lives and his love of knowledge and information is what helped him to obtain this goal.

Works Cited
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