Is Your Job Turning You Into a Zombie?


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Zombies never become rich. And zombies are unhappy.

There are so many people stuck in jobs that make them feel like they are on a treadmill. Every day is the same. The same routines, same tasks, same people to report to and collaborate with, same issues, same problems, same environment.

When you are stuck in a job doing the same thing with the same people, you become a zombie.

Perhaps the worst Zombie Jobs are the ones in which you are required to account for every minute of your time, every day. Accountants, attorneys, construction contractors, programmers and many independent contractors must account for their time every day.

If you study millionaires, as I have, the one common denominator is that they are not zombies. Sixty-one percent were entrepreneurs who left their full time jobs and transformed their lives. Their days are all different. Their time is owned by no one. They engage in different activities every day with different people. They are not stuck in the same environment. They often travel to different places, meeting with different people. Why is this so?

They are not zombies because they invested in themselves over many years. That investment enabled them to grow as individuals. This growth gave them superpowers – unique skills, knowledge and expertise, valued by society. Their investment in themselves set them free.

Those stuck in zombie jobs lack unique skills, knowledge or expertise and are always employed by someone or some company. If you’re one, the solution is to isolate an hour or more every day developing unique skills, knowledge and expertise that will, over time, make you more valuable. Those who develop their own superpowers are valued by society more than others. This translates into freedom. With your new superpowers you’ll be able to escape your full-time zombie existence and  become your own boss; free from the monotony of doing the same thing every day at the same place with the same people.

Take a stand  today. Start pursuing things on the side that you are passionate about and that you can monetize. Over time you will develop new skills, knowledge and expertise that will give you the superpowers you need to end your zombie existence. It takes many years of dedicated investment, but what awaits you at the end is freedom. Freedom from being a zombie.


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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. Marilyn Antonellis says:

    Great article Tom. It really hit home to me. I’m so proud of you!!

    Your Zombie friend,

    Marilyn Antonellis

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