Leaders See Through the Invisible

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One of the common traits of self-made millionaires is that they are leaders. 91% of the wealthy in my Rich Habits Study held leadership roles either as a small business owner or as a key employee working for a large company.

There are many studies on leadership. In these numerous studies, a common trait often cited among leaders is vision. Leaders have the ability to see things that are invisible to everyone else. They see solutions to problems others can not see. They see opportunities in situations where others only see pitfalls. They see a path towards success where others only see obstacles.

I have seen this trait at work while advising small business owners and senior executives in large organizations. What separates leaders from everyone else is their ability to see through the invisible. When you develop the ability to visualize solutions, opportunities and alternate routes towards success, you are able to pivot and pursue those solutions, opportunities and alternate paths towards success.

Acquiring this trait, however, takes practice. Vision is an acquired habit. And this habit emerges only by developing a positive mental outlook. When you have a positive mental outlook you open up your mind to possibilities. Positivity gives you a superman-type X-Ray vision. Those with a negative mental outlook, on the other hand, are only able to see problems, pitfalls and obstacles. Negativity makes you blind to possibilities. It causes a type of tunnel vision that shuts down your peripheral vision. There’s a lot of science to back this up. Dr. Barbara Frederickson, University of North Carolina, recently published the results of a study she conducted on this very topic. According to her findings, when you are able to adopt habits that shift your thinking from negative to positive, you expand your thinking. An abundance mindset takes hold and you are able to see solutions and opportunities that are all around you. You turn on your entire brain, which then goes to work helping you see solutions, opportunities and alternate paths to take that lead to success.

If you want to succeed you need to lead. Leadership requires a positive mental outlook and a positive mental outlook takes daily practice. You have to practice positivity every day. Gratitude is the gateway to positivity. Gratitude shifts your focus from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset. So, the starting point for those desiring to become leaders is to develop an abundance mindset. An abundance mindset enables you to see a garden of flowers. Those with a scarcity mindset see only the weeds. The key to becoming a leader is therefore to become a visionary and this requires a positive mental outlook. It’s a domino effect. Positivity creates an abundance mindset which allows you to see solutions, opportunities and helps you find the yellow brick road that leads to your City of Oz.

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, Money.com, India TV, News.com 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, SUCCESS.com, Inc.com, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider, Credit.com, Bankrate.com 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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