One of My Favorite Books

The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen will completely change your life. I’ve only read it twice but I’ve absorbed so many skills that directly and instantly apply to my life and I’m sure will apply to yours as well. The book focuses on asking questions: when, how, why, what to ask. Canfield and Hansen state that our society condemns asking questions. When you were in school, how often did your peers tell you to stop asking dumb questions? Haven’t you been scared of asking your boss for a raise, or even more instruction? When we were younger, our parents would stop answering our child like questions after about the 3rd one, “Stop asking me so many questions.” Our society hates being asked questions.

The Aladdin Factor states very accurately that our life will be defined by the level of questions we ask.

“The world is full of genies waiting to grant your wish.”

ASK ASK ASK! You have to ask! Ask at home, work, school. Ask God, yourself, the world. The book is full of stories (of course, Canfield and Hansen are the authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul, over 1 billion in sales) that will pound into your brain that asking is the key to getting what you want. One of my favorite stories is this:

In 1988, Ron Chapman asked for $20. He was a disc jockey in Dallas, Texas in the mornings. He joked with his team at the radio station that if he asked people to send him $20, someone was bound to send some money. They laughed and mocked him (sound familiar?) The next morning he went on air: “Send me twenty dollars. That’s all I want.”  $5,000 arrived the next day. After $4,000 was delivered in his mailbox the day after, he made a new announcement “STOP! That’s enough!”  His listeners didn’t listen. They stuffed checks under his door. Some left money with the custodian. After three days, Ron Chapman had 12, 156 checks, equaling $240,000!

Chapman didn’t give anything in return. He didn’t guarantee it would go to an orphan fund or cancer research. He didn’t promise it would go to a good cause that would somehow bless the giver.  He didn’t even say it was a bet against his colleagues.  He simply asked for it.  How foolish are we when we don’t think it’s worth to ask?

This book is too good not to be read by every American.


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