Successful Self-Published Author Shares His Mistakes, Failures and Success Tips

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My first self-published book, Rich Habits, has sold nearly 50,000 copies so far. It rose to #7 on Amazon in ALL BOOK CATEGORIES in the U.S. and stayed in the top 100 of ALL BOOK CATEGORIES in the U.S. for 3 weeks. That puts me in the top .1% of first time, self-published authors. Most first time, self-published authors sell no more than 500 copies of their books, ever.  I’ve been on CBS Nightly News, Australian TV, The Dave Ramsey Radio Show, hundreds of other radio shows, Money Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Epoc Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly), More Magazine and many other print and online magazines. I’ve received media publicity in 23 countries. I’ve even spoken to millionaires on the same stage as Richard Branson.

Every week a new first time, self-published author asks me what they need to do in order to succeed. I never, ever ignore them because I have a very long memory. I remember how hard, how lonely and how depressing it was for me in the early going, primarily because I was on my own. I never wrote a book before, never promoted a book before and knew no one who did any of those things. I had to figure things out on my own, through the School of Hard Knocks. I had to learn what to do and what not to do. And I failed so often and made so many mistakes. Those failures and mistakes are scar tissue inside my brain. Honestly, I think even Forest Gump would be appalled at the mistakes I’ve made. It’s so unbelievably hard to succeed, as a self-published author, if you don’t know what you’re doing. And, so I made a vow to myself that I would never leave a fellow first time, self-published author on the field of battle if they asked for my help. I don’t care how successful I become in this book business. I will always find the time to share what I’ve learned with new authors. So, in an effort to do just that, I thought I’d lay out what I believe are the major things first time, self-published authors need to do in order to have a shot at success. Let’s go. [Read more…]

A Father’s Day Letter to His Children on Living Happy, Successful Lives

Dear Kids:

It’s Father’s Day. Usually I’m the one getting the cards and letters from you guys but I thought I’d turn the tables & send each of you a letter instead, as my days of parenting are coming to an end. All of you are fast becoming adults. I want you to know I loved every minute being your dad. Each of you has given your mom and I so much joy, happiness and laughter. I would gladly do it all over again but time marches on. How we spend that time determines if we have happy, successful lives or unhappy, poor lives and that is why I am writing this letter to each of you. I want each of you to have happy, successful lives. But happiness and success just don’t happen. You need to create happiness and success by doing specific things. Here’s a list of some of those things that will help put you on the track towards happiness and success: [Read more…]

Will Your Child be Rich or Poor? 15 Poverty Habits Parents Teach Their Children

Tom Corley boats - cropWhen I travel the country speaking to high school and college students about exactly what they need to do to become financially successful in life I always begin my presentation by asking three questions:

“How many want to be financially successful in life?”

“How many think they will be financially successful in life?”

Almost every time I ask the first two questions every hand rises in the air. Then I ask the magic third question: [Read more…]

You Deserve a Life Filled With Abundance

You Deserve a Life Filled With Abundance!

Every time I tell someone the title of my book they’re curious. That’s because “Strategies for Cats” is a metaphor. Yes, it is a story about “Kitty”, a homeless cat who receives a life filled with abundance, and I guess I could have used a person instead of my cat, but you may not fall in love with her like a lot of readers already have. [Read more…]

Parent Habits Become Children Habits

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Why is there so much unrest in America’s inner cities? The experts are quick to point the finger of blame at a variety of causes: low wages, racial discrimination, Police gone wild, America’s shrinking manufacturing base, U.S. companies moving oversees, China stealing our jobs, illegal immigrants stealing our jobs, poor education system, the rich exploiting the poor, insufficient taxation of the rich, etc.

But none of these pundits ever address the real source of this unrest – bad parenting.

America’s growing discontent among the poor of the inner cities and the growing disparity nationwide between the rich and the poor is a reflection of how America’s have’s and have-not’s were raised by their parents. [Read more…]

14 Signs You Might Become a Millionaire

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Most everyone wants to become rich. According to my Rich Habits research, being rich eliminates 67% of the problems that plague most people. So, besides being able to buy that house by the beach, a Rolex watch or travel to exotic places, being rich means fewer problems in life. Fewer problems equals less stress. Less stress equals a healthier and happier life.

There are 14 signs that will lead to success and wealth. If you possess all 14 your chances for becoming rich increase geometrically: [Read more…]

Success Beliefs of the Rich

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In my Rich Habits study I discovered that your beliefs dictate your circumstances in life. Those who are wealthy have different beliefs than those who are poor or stuck in the middle-class.

Beliefs represent the acceptance of something without any proof to back up what we accept as fact. They are inherited unconscious programming. We adopt the beliefs of our parents, family, mentors culture and our environment (neighborhood, town, city, state, country). Most who were raised in poverty, inherited limiting beliefs that hold them back in life.

Those who are able to rise from poverty and become wealthy found mentors who possessed success beliefs or employed certain strategies that enabled them to remove their limiting beliefs and implant success beliefs, effectively re-programming their entire belief system.

The wealthy adopt certain beliefs that promote success:

  • I must read to learn.
  • I am responsible for the circumstances of my life.
  • Money and wealth are good.
  • There is an abundance of money and wealth to go around.
  • Anyone has the ability to become wealthy. I can become wealthy.
  • I can solve any problem.
  • I can overcome any obstacle.
  • I create my own luck.
  • Opportunities are everywhere.
  • Opportunity does not knock. I have to go out and find it and take action.
  • I must earn respect.
  • Failure is just another way to learn.
  • Failure is the stepping stone to success.
  • Risk is good when it is calculated risk.
  • There is good debt and bad debt.
  • No one succeeds on their own. I can only succeed if I surround myself with other success-minded people.
  • I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.
  • Time is the most valuable resource. I must make efficient use of my time. Wasting it is a crime.
  • Birds of a feather flock together. I will avoid toxic people and surround myself with success-minded people.
  • Dreams and goals are the rungs on the ladder of success.
  • If I help others succeed, I will succeed.
  • If I improve the lives of others, I will improve my life.
  • Always exceed the expectations of others.
  • I am in control of my thoughts and emotions.
  • Never quit on a dream.
  • Success takes time.
  • I must save more than I earn and invest my savings in my dreams and goals.
  • I am amazing and unstoppable.

If you want to succeed in life, if you want to become rich, you need to understand the beliefs you currently have and then do some surgery. For a week, write down in a notepad every belief that pops in your head. This belief awareness exercise enables you to isolate any limiting beliefs that are likely holding you back in life. Once you’ve identified those limiting beliefs, then it’s time to remove them and add the beliefs that will enable you to become rich and successful.

So, how do you remove limiting beliefs and implant success beliefs?

  • Associate with individuals who do not have your limiting beliefs and who possess the success beliefs you want to adopt.
  • Read books and articles on self-made millionaires.
  • Read inspirational books and articles.
  • Listen to inspirational podcasts.
  • Watch and listen to inspirational TEDx talks.
  • Create daily affirmations around the success beliefs you want to adopt.
  • Meditate and focus on your new success beliefs (10-15 minutes a day is all it takes).

Your existing beliefs were formed over many years. It takes time to re-program you belief system. How long? At least one year of dedicated effort. But that one year investment will pay you dividends for the rest of your life. Your future you will thank you.

 

Change Your Habits, Change Your Life #1 on Amazon and iTunes – Here’s Why

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I spend a great deal of time reading the Amazon reviews of my books. Particularly, the 1 and 2 star reviews. Rich Habits, 1st Edition had some critics, although 67% awarded it mostly 5 stars. Almost 100% of the criticism had one common theme: Where’s The Beef? We fixed that with my upcoming book Rich Habits Poor Habits, which expands the number of Rich Habits and Poor Habits from 10 to 30. Also, we have included two bonuses:

  • The Research Summary, listing the data on over 200 habits that separate the rich and the poor. This Research Summary has received an enormous amount of media attention in the U.S. and in 24 other countries.
  • Rich Habits Poor Habits Test – a 50 question test you can take to find out if you are on the path to wealth or poverty or fall somewhere in the middle.

We will be releasing Rich Habits Poor Habits in the fall of 2016. We believe it will become a blockbuster, international best seller, right up there with Think and Grow Rich and other timeless classics.

My newest book – Change Your Habits, Change Your Life, continues to receive 5 star reviews. right out the gate. What readers love about this book is it’s ability to boil down complex topics into simple to understand language, making it easier to apply the strategies included in the book. It’s a powerful book and I was fortunate to get a back cover endorsement from none other than Jack Canfield, bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Jack is in the Guinness World Book of Records – he holds the record for the most books ever published by an author: 500 million books! Jack doesn’t endorse books without good reason. Within two weeks of releasing Change Your Habits it rose to #1 on Amazon  and iTunes and stayed there for two weeks. I am getting calls and emails from the media in all parts of the world who love the book and I am receiving astonishing reviews on Amazon. Here are some recent reviews from my readers on Change Your Habits, Change Your Life: [Read more…]

Courage Attracts Luck and Allies

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It was an early morning on the first day of spring. The farmer had just finished planting the last of his sunflower seeds. The ground was still cold and hard from a long, cold winter. The frosty, damp morning soon gave way to a strong morning sun rising slowly over the horizon. Its warm rays stroked the ground, stirring the newly planted sunflower seeds to life.

“Is it time? Is it time?” an anxious sunflower seed called out to his brothers and sisters. “No. It’s still too cold.” Thousands of sunflower seeds buried just beneath the earth echoed the refrain. “It’s too cold, it’s too cold.”

The next day the anxious sunflower seed called out once again, “is it time?”.  “Not yet. It’s too cold,” rang out, one after the other from every seed. Day after day, the anxious sunflower seed called out to his brothers and sisters and each time their answer was always the same. [Read more…]

Teaching Kids to be Entrepreneurs

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Becoming a successful entrepreneur is not easy. I spent five years studying 177 self-made millionaires and I have to say, they are among the most courageous, fearless individuals I have ever met. They put everything on the line. They took enormous risks in the pursuit of their dreams. If you want your children to grow up to be entrepreneurs, then there are certain things you can do as a parent to help them learn how to be an entrepreneur. [Read more…]