Money and Success Are Attracted To Selflessness


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Human beings are self-centered. We’re just hard-wired that way. It actually goes against the human grain, when individuals are selfless. It is such a rare trait that when we see selflessness it stops us in our tracks. We stare in wonder. We admire and treat those who are selfless as heroic. We lavish them with awards. Society even came up with a name to call these selfless outliers – Humanitarians.

Here are some examples of selfless human beings:

  • Mother Teresa – Devoted her life in service for the poor. Through her Missionaries of Charity, which began in India, she created branches in 50 Indian cities and 30 other countries. Her selflessness was so admired that she even received a Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Mahatma Gandhi – Devoted much of his life to freeing, his country, India from British rule. His selflessness was also rewarded with a Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. – He devoted the later portion of his life to bringing equal rights to black Americans. Like Mother Teresa and Gandhi, his selflessness was rewarded with a Nobel Peace Prize.

Selflessness is a Rich Habit. Those who are selfless are admired by society for this outlier quality. There’s just something special about them. I suppose, they highlight the potential greatness that resides in all humans.

In my Rich habits Study, I saw this trait show up in the habits of the 233 millionaires I studied. Seventy-two percent of those millionaires volunteered their time at community non-profits. They not only contributed their time, they also contributed their wealth to the non-profits they served.

Selflessness, I discovered, was a mindset inherent in the 177 self-made millionaires I studied. They devoted themselves to adding value to the lives of others. In exchange, they were rewarded financially and became wealthy in the process. So, selflessness attracts wealth.

The opposite, selfishness, is a Poor Habit. Those who are selfish, simply blend in with the rest of society. They get lost in the noise, ignored and forgotten. We don’t admire or follow selfish people. There’s nothing special about them.

As I’ve mentioned many times, relationships are the currency of the wealthy. The rich have many powerful relationships – relationships that can open closed doors and move mountains. And because selflessness is a rare trait admired by others, the selfless magnetize others to themselves or their cause. We human beings so admire the rare and noble trait of selflessness that we will follow individuals who possess this trait, like lemmings.

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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. Davene Meehan says:

    I am still trying to find this group to whom I want to devote my time and energy.

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