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Book Recommendation: The Success Principles

Note: This is a memo to Expert Support Employees from March, 2008. Posted to our public site in case others are interested.


Hi all,Success Principles cover

I just finished reading a book that I’d like to recommend. It’s “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield.

One of my motivations in starting Expert Support was to provide a way for you to get what you want from your professional career. I believe that your success fundamentally drives the success of our company. And I believe that each of us gets to define success relative to our personal value system. Canfield’s book reminded me about some of the principles Jan and I discussed before starting Expert Support, principles that we have incorporated into our business. Hopefully, the book will help me share some of those principles with you.

Broadly speaking, it’s a self improvement book. It is sort of a “Cliff’s Notes” that summarizes the work of lots of other people. The book jacket says it contains a set of “timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history.” It contains practical techniques and tools that you can use to “get from where you are to where you want to be.” This book includes the following sections:

  • The Fundamentals of Success
  • Transform Yourself for Success
  • Build Your Success Team
  • Create Successful Relationships
  • Success and Money
  • Success Starts Now

It’s good enough that I’d like to encourage you to read it. I’ve convinced Jan that we should cover the cost. You have the following choices:

  • Send us email by Wednesday, 3/19, saying you want a copy. We’ll order a bunch and have them delivered to the office. You can pick yours up in the office.
  • Order it at Amazon using the link below, submit an expense report, and we’ll reimburse you.
    Link to “The Success Principles” on Amazon
    By using this link, we save a little money. Expert Support is now an Amazon Affiliate. That means that we get a royalty from Amazon when people use our affiliate code while shopping. (There’s a longer story here, but that will have to wait for now.)
  • You don’t have to use Amazon, of course. If you have another way to purchase the book, go ahead, and then submit an expense report.
  • You don’t have to get or read this book. It is only a suggestion and opportunity.

You might be wondering what’s behind this.

As some of you know, I’ve read a bunch of books and listened to a bunch of tapes and even attended a few live seminars where the subject is personal growth. I’ve considered developing a training curriculum and writing my own book on what I’ve learned. (Another long story, but that will have to wait ‘too.) One reason (among many) that I have not written my own book on personal growth is that I have thought that there are enough books, tapes, and seminars on the topic already. I have at times thought that a book summarizing what’s out there could be useful to help others figure out how to get the material that they need. “The Success Principles” is close to what I had in mind. Each chapter is a pretty concise summary of a topic. Often Canfield provides direct references to the source of the idea. In the cases that I have read the source, I have found Canfield’s summary to be an excellent synopsis. In short, I found the book very helpful for me. I’d like to share it with all of you.

If you have questions, suggestions, or feedback of any kind, I’d REALLY like to hear from you.

I’m hoping for a great ’08 for you, for me, and for Expert Support!


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