It’s Not a Ray Donovan World

I’m not much of a T.V. person but my wife recently introduced me to Showtime’s Ray Donovan. It didn’t take me long to realize that the primary objective of the creators of this show was to cast rich people in a negative light. After only a few episodes you can’t help but come away with the feeling that rich people are totally dysfunctional.  Here’s what I’ve learned so far from the show Ray Donovan:

  • Rich people all cheat on their spouses
  • Rich people do drugs regularly
  • Rich people drink all the time
  • Rich people kill people for power or money
  • Rich people are all angry
  • Rich people love to shoot guns
  • Rich people spend almost no time with their families
  • Rich Catholics were all sodomized by priests when they were young
  • Rich Jews only care about money and screwing people over
  • Rich black people are all thugs who rap, do drugs and have sex on their mind all the time
  • Rich people are always scamming others
  • Rich people launder money
  • Rich people talk on their cell phones 24/7
  • Rich people all drive expensive cars

What makes this so interesting to me is that it bears absolutely no resemblance to the information I gathered from my five year study on rich people. Here’s what my research uncovered:

  • 87% are happily married and have never cheated on their spouse
  • 92% never touch drugs
  • 87%, as a rule, do not allow themselves to get drunk
  • No only are rich people not murders, their objective is to mentor others to be successful in life. 68% of the rich said that they actively mentor others
  • 82% of the rich in my study were happy and only 19% said they lose their temper every now and then
  • 45% spend 20 hours or more a week with their family. To the rich, family is all that matters. They spend every free moment with their family
  • The rich Jews in my study were all kind, generous to a fault and devoted to helping others in their community
  • None of the black people in my study were rappers, did drugs or were sexually promiscuous. They were either professionals, senior executives or successful entrepreneurs
  • Rich people never screw others because they have character and integrity. In fact, they are more likely to get screwed because of their desire to go above and beyond to help others succeed
  • Rich people make money the hard way, through hard work and pursing their goals. They don’t need to launder money because they are law abiding and understand that if they do anything illegal it will jeopardize everything they’ve worked so hard to accomplish in life
  • Only 13% of the wealthy drove a luxury car and 44% make a habit of buying good, used cars, rather than new cars. 94% do not lease cars. They purchase them and drive them until the wheels fall off.
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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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