Only Actions Turn Dreams into Reality

You’ve no doubt heard about the power of positive thinking. The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale and Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill were two of the most famous books written on the subject of positive thinking. They are great books. While I am a big believer in the power of positive thinking, I learned from my five-year study of wealthy, successful people that action, not thinking, makes success happen. Rich Thinking is critical in preparing the mind for the action necessary to turn dreams into reality. More emphasis, however, is placed on the thinking and beliefs that are important to facilitating success than on the action that actually makes success a reality. Without action you will not become successful in life. It doesn’t matter how strong your beliefs or how positive your thinking might be.

You will not attract success by thinking. You will only attract success when action follows Rich Thinking. Wealth only rains down upon those who act. Only by taking action will you realize success and attract wealth. You must do certain things every day that move you toward the realization of a dream or the accomplishment of some major goal or purpose in life. Believing or visualizing success, without action, is just wasted neural energy. Rich Thinking turns the car on but only action will move that car forward. If you want to be successful in life you need to move beyond beliefs and positive thinking. You must take action. Here’s how:

  • Every day do five things that move you towards the realization of your dream or major goal/purpose. These five things should require 1-2 hours of your time every day.
  • Network with people who can help you realize your dream or major goal/purpose.
  • Prospect for people who can help you realize your dream or major goal/purpose.
  • Persistently act. Try every day. Throw things at the wall. Keep throwing; something is bound to stick.
  • Focus relentlessly on the actions that will help you realize your dream or major goal/purpose.
  • Develop or improve upon the skills that are needed to help you realize your dream or major goal/purpose.
  • Organize a Mastermind group. Brainstorm with your Mastermind group about what actions you can take to help you move forward. Mastermind groups only work when everyone in your group is pursuing your dream or your major goal or purpose. Mastermind groups do not work if everyone has their own dream, goals or purpose. Everyone should be pulling the same cart – your cart.
  • Promote your dream or major goal/purpose every day but only with those who have the power or authority to help you realize your dream or major goal/purpose.
  • Secure the services of experts who know how to help you realize your dream or major goal/purpose. Ideally these experts should have a proven track record of helping others achieve identical dreams or identical goals.
  • Learn from your mistakes. Why did an initiative fail? Learn from every failure.
  • Be patient. Never give up; never, ever quit.
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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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