Mentored For Success – The Mentors Behind Self-Made Millionaires

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Mentors are critical to breaking free of poverty or a middle-class upbringing. Almost 92% of the self-made millionaires in my study had some mentor that they could point to who helped them become rich. These mentors taught them new habits, new beliefs, how the rich think, how the rich set and achieve goals, processes that lead to success and tricks that put helped put them on the fast track of success.

Who were their mentors?

Parent Mentors

Fifty-six percent of the self-made millionaires in my study may not have been born rich but they were most definitely born lucky. They were raised by parents who were devoted to instilling in them habits, work ethic and thinking that helped them become successful. Forty-one percent of the self-made millionaires were raised in a poor household and 59% came from the middle-class. Despite the fact that their parents did not have the financial resources for private schools and tutors, their kids excelled in life and became very rich thanks to their mentoring.

Career Mentors

Twenty-four percent of the self-made millionaires in my study said they found their mentors on the job in their immediate boss or supervisor.

Teacher Mentors

Eight percent of the self-made millionaires in my study pointed to one or more teachers who were instrumental in showing them the path towards success.

Other Mentors

Four percent of the self-made millionaires in my study found their success mentors in organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters or local community organizations or books. The books included self-help books, rags to riches biographies of successful people and other books that inspired and motivated them.

The remaining 8% who were not fortunate enough to find a mentor in life, had no choice but to mentor themselves through the school of hard knocks. By starting their own business, they learned the hard way what to do and what to do. They struggled through years of trial and error, mistakes and failures. The lessons they learned cost them time and money and, as a result, stuck with them like scar tissue on the brain.

The big take away from my research is that the clearest and easiest path towards success lies in finding a success mentor who will show you what to do and what not to do. Mentors take away the potholes, bumps and wrong turns along the road towards success.

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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. Jose N'Sele says:

    Is it possible to see Mr in several conferences in Africa cities like Kinshasa, Libreville, Abidjan, Douala, Dakar, Johanesburg, Capetown. I want to invite him.

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