Episode 150

The Art of the Ask with Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Dwyer Hansen | Win the Day® podcast
August 22, 2023
Mark Victor Hansen is the creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Crystal Dwyer Hansen is a clinical hypnotherapist.
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We’re celebrating a milestone today – episode 150 of the Win the Day podcast! Thank you for your continued support. Keep sharing and we’ll continue to raise the bar with the quality of episodes you get to enjoy.

Given that we’re celebrating a milestone, I’ve brought in the big guns. Joining me in the studio are personal development icons, Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Dwyer Hansen. This is also the first time ever we’ve had two guests on the show at any one time, and I couldn’t think of a better combo.

Mark is best known for creating the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series alongside his partner Jack Canfield. Together, they’ve sold more than 500 million books in 54 languages. They also licensed more than 100 products under the Chicken Soup banner, worth more than $1 billion.

Mark has received countless awards for his humanitarian work and his contributions to the field of personal growth and entrepreneurship. And, fun fact, he’s in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most books on The New York Times Best Seller list at one time.

His wife Crystal is also an expert in human potential. Crystal’s research in the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics provides the scientific knowledge she uses to help people move themselves out of misery and into a fulfilled and happy life. She is also a Member of the International Coaching Federation, a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and the founder of Crystal Vision Life.

In 2020 Mark and Crystal co-authored the book Ask!: The Bridge from Your Dreams to Your Destiny. And, if you know one thing about me, it’s how much I believe that the right question can get you anything you want in life.

Together, they also work on numerous other projects in the fields of publishing, natural energy, and conservation, and enjoy traveling the world where they help inspire others to a bigger life and legacy.

In this episode:

  • How to think much bigger than the circumstances you’re in
  • What you should be asking for – and the best way to make that ask
  • The biggest challenges they’ve faced along the way; and
  • How you can fast-track the process of meeting your destiny.

Let’s WIN THE DAY with Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Dwyer Hansen!


0:50 Who are Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Dwyer Hansen

3:04 Being raised as 1 of 9 children

5:10 How Mark Victor Hansen first attempt as an entrepreneur

7:46 What being a NY Times bestseller taught Mark Victor Hansen about the power of manifestation

10:04 Why (and how) to ask for what you want

14:02 What is the main obstacle to asking – and how to overcome it

15:51 The size of your question determines the size of your result

18:36 When Crystal Dwyer Hansen was divorced and living as a single mum on food stamps

23:20 What questions you should ask yourself

26:18 When Mark Victor Hansen faced bankruptcy – and how he overcame it

33:24 How did Chicken Soup for the Soul get started

39:09 How to identify – and separate yourself from – the triggering events that led to your pain today

43:45 How to think bigger than your circumstances

45:29 How make friends with influential people – and become influential yourself

52:09 What to look for in a new partner after you’ve gotten divorced

54:46 How to support individual ambition in marriage

1:01:34 Self-esteem must be earned through contribution

1:05:22 How to trust again after betrayal

1:12:07 Become it before you manifest it

1:16:54 How to raise your children to build on wealth (rather than destroy it)

1:21:41 Affirmation

1:22:17 Rocket Round


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Inspiring quotes in this episode:
  • “The size of your question determines the size of your result. And one question asked can change your life to phenomenally good.” – Mark Victor Hansen
  • “What builds a child's self-esteem and their sense of worth is their contribution to the family.” – Crystal Dwyer Hansen
  • “Everyone's got a destiny and the only way you get it is to ask.” – Mark Victor Hansen
  • “In a marriage, you have to see more in the other person than they see in themselves.” – Mark Victor Hansen
  • “Write down a list of 200 people you want to spend time with, grow with, and be expanded by – and expand them if you can.” – Mark Victor Hansen
  • “I said, ‘I'm going to become the world's bestselling author.’ And as far as I know, no one else has ever written that down. – Mark Victor Hansen
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