Acknowledge Kindness


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We are all flawed human beings. Many of those flaws are subtle ones. Flaws we don’t even recognize, unless someone close to us is kind enough to point them out.

The problem is, no one likes it when others point out our flaws. Our human instinct is to take offense to constructive criticism or critical feedback we receive from others.

Self-awreness is the remedy. As I mentioned in a Business Insider article titled What Self-Made Millionaires Think About Every Day, one of the daily habits of self-made millionaires is to force self-awareness, in order to grow and improve.

How many people have done something nice for you? How many people have helped you in life? Have you forged the daily Rich Habit of thanking them in some way? This Rich Habit of Acknowledging Kindness helps you forge long-lasting, powerful relationships.

Acknowledging Kindness can be as simple as sending out a thank you card or a simple phone call. It could be, or rather, should be, repaying that kindness in multiples. Here are some things to self-reflect upon:

  • Did anyone do something nice for you recently? Make a list and thank them in some way.
  • Did anyone help you recently? Make a list and thank them in some way.
  • Did anyone ever lend you money? Make a list, pay them back, and thank them.
  • Did anyone lend you a tool, clothing, a car, their house, a book? Make a list and thank them in some way.
  • Did anyone help you in your career? Make a list and thank them in some way.
  • Did anyone offer you advice that was helpful? Make a list and thank them in some way.
  • Did anyone come to your aid? Make a list and thank them in some way.
  • Did anyone go above and beyond in any service they provided to you? Make a list and thank them in some way.
  • Did anyone pick up the cost for dinner, bar drinks, anything? Make a list and thank them in some way.

Relationships are the currency of the wealthy. One of the many ways self-made millionaires forge strong relationships is by acknowledging the kindness of others. Relationships just don’t grow by themselves. They require nurturing, fertilizer, in order to grow. One of the most powerful types of relationship fertilizer is the Rich Habit of acknowledging the kind acts of others.

Let others know that they matter. Let them know that you appreciate their kindness and consideration. Always acknowledge the kindness of others.

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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,, India TV, 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,,, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider,, 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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  1. Great minds must think a like. I wrote a similar post about how powerful the two-words “thank you” can be.

    Your article, above mine, makes reference to self-awareness which I believe is a very great point. Being self-aware can be the one factor that helps you move forward with your goals instead of struggling because of X, Y and Z.

    Great post, Tom.

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