The Small is Big Doctrine Takes You From Ordinary to Extraordinary


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To be a winner, it does not require that you win big. In fact, small is big when it comes to succeeding in life. 

In the 2016 Kentucky Derby, Nyquist won a very close race and received $1,631,600. The second place winner took home $400,000. In the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament finals Villanova won in a buzzer beater over UNC. In the 2009 Wimbledon finals Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick 16-14 in the final fifth set. Ironically, Roddick won 39 games to Federer’s 38 games yet still lost. 

Making small incremental improvements to your life will take you from ordinary to extraordinary. Here’s how the Small is Big Doctrine can be applied in transforming your life:

  • Learn one new word a day. In thirty years, that equates to 10,950 new words, putting you way ahead of the competition with 30,950 words.
  • Learn one new fact every day. In thirty years you would have accumulated 10,950 new facts.
  • Learn one new skill a year for 30 years. This gives you 30 more skills.
  • Do one small favor a day for one of your Rich Relationships (relationships with success-minded individuals). This helps build stronger relationships with more of your Rich Relationships. Remember, relationships are the currency of the wealthy.
  • Reducing the number of calories you consume each day for a year by 300 calories means you will lose 37 pounds in a year.
  • Saving $1 a day for 30 years equals $25,467 in additional savings you wouldn’t have otherwise had.

Small is big when it comes to succeeding in life. Focus on the small things and, over time, you can transform your life from ordinary to extraordinary.


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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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