What an honour and what a privilege it was to showcase and share our friend, Jack Canfield, with the Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald, loyal global radio listeners and the podcast subscribers! During our almost one hour interview (never enough time), Jack imparted so much yumminess to all of us! From Tony Robbins, to Oprah, to Les Brown, to everyone else who feels an affinity for the personal growth and personal development world – Jack has earned the highest levels of respect and admiration from his peers, colleagues, students, clients, fans and followers from all around the globe. Aside from his plethora of successes and accolades, what most resonated with me throughout our unforgettable time together was Jack’s primary focus…his daily Rampage of Appreciation! Jack as we all know, is a phenomenal speaker and storyteller however, when he rhymed off on radio, what he was appreciative of – it was as if I was tuned into someone living an out-of-body-experience! Jack was so effervescent…so in the zone…so in the flow…and so on fire while in the delivery of his verbal rampage! The goosebumps were very much out in full force!
For those of us who staunchly believe in, and who understand the Law Of Attraction, is it any real wonder why so many of us would feel the magnetic pull toward Jack?! As I often say, energy is everything. Energy is transmitted through both the spoken and the unspoken word. People who are tapped into universal energy can very quickly discern the positive energy from the negative. It is impossible for one to consistently and consciously be tapped into gratitude and not simultaneously emit deeply felt appreciation. These are the people who radiate, who beam, who shine, and whose energy is infectuous! The universe always responds accordingly, which is why Jack is the attractor-factor! As someone who is staunchly committed to the evolution of self – Jack has beautifully honed and mastered who he is, what he stands for, and executes on his intended purpose of why he is on this planet; every single day. What a gift it is for all of us who know Jack – to continually be uplifted, encouraged, and stretched to conquer limitations, while also embracing our own inner greatness!
I am always most fascinated by people’s back stories as opposed to their success stories. The majority of successful people I know have become successful as a result of either desperation, necessity, tragedy, or some other catalyst or cathartic moment; catapulting them on the precipice of their reinvention process. And although a moment of darkness or scarcity or lack may have been the motivating factor for transformational pivoting – any evolved leader will tell you that in-spite of remaining cognizant of the once-upon-a-time story or script being what it was – it was merely a benchmark, a launching pad, and certainly no longer where their energies reside – the point of focus is what is on the other side of the windshield and not what is on the other side of the rear-view mirror! Upwards and onwards…ONLY!
So why might Jack Canfield be who the world now gleans Jack Canfield to be in today’s world? Why might gratitude and appreciation be at the forefront and core of Jack Canfield’s soul? Lets press rewind on that for a moment to bring Jack Canfield’s life full-circle.
Jack grew up in Wheeling, Virginia, where his father earned $8000.00 a year working in a florist’s shop. His Dad was a workaholic while his mother was an alcoholic. Jack regularly worked during the summers as a lifeguard and also at the florist shop his Father worked at so as to make ends meet for the family. Jack went to college on a scholarship and held a job serving breakfast in one of the dorms to flip the bill for tuition, books, and other necessities of life. Toward the end of the month, Jack began eating what became known as his 21-cent dinners – a 10-cent can of tomato paste, garlic salt, and water over an 11-cent bag of spaghetti noodles. Jack knows firsthand the challenge of scraping by with pennies to his name while also remaining committed to changing his circumstances one feat/goal at a time until the whole trajectory and landscape of his life began to catch up with his brilliant mindset, fortitude, perseverance and resiliency. ‘You have to believe it to see it!”
People such as Jack who inherently understand, practice, believe, embody, and consistently execute on the principles of what is required day-in and day-out to climb, rise, reach, scale, and leverage are the ones who wind up becoming the so-called, ‘Overnight Successes,’ when in fact, the reality of the matter is…the Jack Canfield’s of the world labored hard, rigorously, and consistently before ever going vertical in his career! Descriptors such as luck, and coincidence are not synonymous to Jack’s success story in my humble opinion. Simply put, Jack wholeheartedly envisioned and embraced a bigger and better story for himself outside of the one he was born into and he brought it to fruition. Jack re-wrote his own story. Jack reclaimed himself and moved forward on his own terms. Jack is now empowering others to empower themselves in the same vain he made it work for himself. Jack’s backstory certainly brings into perspective why his daily Rampage of Appreciation is not only a priority; it is who he is!
Jack…you our friend are now incorporated into my own daily Rampage of Appreciation. Thank you for growing me. Thank you for stretching me. Thank you for evolving me. Quite simply, thank you for being exactly as you are.Your light is bright. Keep Shining our friend! I appreciate you!
Uplifting You To Fear Less and To Live More!
Be your own Hero. Be your own Shero.
Be your own Leader. Be your own Best Friend.
Love & Gratitude ~ Lisa
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