Open Your Pandora’s Box

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One of the most important characteristics of the self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits Study was a fanatical obsession with something.

Ninety-two percent of the self-mades in my study were obsessed with the pursuit of some long-term goal or dream. Stated simply, self-mades are obsessed.

Their obsession endowed them with certain success traits they did not have before their obsession took hold of them:

  • Good Habits
  • Relentless Persistence
  • An Open Mind
  • Patience
  • Laser-Like Focus
  • Work Ethic
  • Desire to Learn
  • Curiosity
  • Courage (Greater Risk Tolerance)
  • Enthusiasm
  • Positive Mental Outlook
  • Motivation
  • Increased Will Power
  • Resilience
  • Emotional Energy
  • Attention to Detail

What triggers obsession?

Obsession is triggered by passion. Passion is sparked by engaging in some activity that lights up the emotional center of your brain (Limbic System).

Finding something you are passionate about causes the first domino to fall, setting in motion all of the traits you will need in order to become successful.

This is why experimentation is so important, especially at a young age. When you experiment with different activities, you increase the chance of finding one activity which makes your heart sing with passion.

That passion for doing something you love, eventually turns into obsession. Once you become obsessed, life automatically endows you with all of the success traits you will need in order to become successful.

So, find your passion. When you do, everything you need to succeed will be handed to you.

Passion is the key that unlocks the Pandora’s box of success traits that reside in every human being.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

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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