5 Strategies That Guarantee Success

In my five year study of the daily habits of the rich(Rich Habits Study – Background on Methodology http://richhabits.net/rich-habits-study-background-on-methodology/), I discovered five different paths that guarantee success, irrespective of your life’s circumstances. Let me share them with you:

  1. Pursuing One Big Goal, Major Purpose or Dream
  2. Through a Career Mentor
  3. Through the School of Hard Knocks
  4. Through Post-College Education
  5. Through Daily Self-Education

Pursuing One Big Goal, Major Purpose or Dream

64% of the wealthy in my study were obsessed with pursing one big goal, a major purpose or following a dream. Pursuing a big goal will create passion. Passion makes work fun. According to my data, this path creates long-term happiness and results in the greatest accumulation of wealth. Those who follow this path love what they do for a living and are the happiest successful people.

Through a Career Mentor

93% of the wealthy who found a career mentor, attribute their success and wealth to their mentor. This path is the surest path to prosperity, according to my data. Mentors smooth out the path to prosperity by sharing with their pupils the mistakes to avoid in life. Mentors also open doors that are otherwise closed, giving their pupils access to other wealthy, successful high achievers. This path removes many of the potholes and obstacles that, for most, make the pursuit of success so difficult and risky.

Through the School of Hard Knocks

For those not fortunate enough to have had a mentor in life, or a superior education, starting your own business seems to be the best option available. 51% of the wealthy in my study were business owners. Starting a business forced them to become their own mentor by making mistakes, failing and then learning from those mistakes and failures. This is the hardest path to prosperity because it often costs the most in time and money and creates the most stress while pursing success.

Through Post-College Education

Like finding a mentor, formal education smooths out the path to prosperity. 25% of the wealthy in my study went on to a post-college education. Some had Masters degrees, PhDs/Doctoral degrees. This advanced education helped them secure higher paying jobs, allowing them to make and save more money during their careers. Many of the wealthy in this category went on to become decision makers (i.e. CEO’s or other senior executives) in the companies they worked for. This path requires a significant upfront investment and is dominated by those fortunate few already born into some degree of affluence.

Through Daily Self-Education

This last path is dominated by those who became experts in their field or industry by making a daily habit of reading and learning as much as they could about their field or industry. Those who take this path, disproportionately seem to be engaged in writing and speaking. 38% write about their expertise for newspapers, magazines, and other media outlets. 3%, go on to write books. 23% engaged in speaking, giving talks to others who are interested in their expertise. Speaking also includes the subcategory of training. Many in this group were trainers, sharing with others their unique expertise.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit, Money.com, India TV, News.com Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money, SUCCESS.com, Inc.com, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider, Credit.com, Bankrate.com and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
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