7 Habits That Will Inspire and Motivate Your Kids to Excel in Life

According to my five-year habits study, self-made millionaires were taught certain success habits from their non-millionaire parents that helped propel them to success later in life. From my latest book, Rich Kids (http://richhabits.net/rich-habits-books/), here are the top 7 success habits every parent will want to teach their kids:

  1. Daily Self-Education Reading – 88% of self-made millionaires read 30 minutes or more each day. 63% also listened to audio books, podcasts, webinars etc. Reading exposes your children to new information that can help them excel in school and also open their eyes to finding their passion.
  2. Find Mentors For Your Kids – 93% of self-made millionaires who had mentors, attributed almost all of their entire wealth to the mentoring they received. Mentors are everywhere, if you know where to find them: DECA Programs in high schools, The Boys or Girls Club, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, Big Brother or Big Sister. The more mentors you expose your children to, the greater their chance of excelling in life.
  3. One Hour Rule – 67% of self-made millionaires watched less than an hour of T.V. a day. 63% spent less than an hour a day on the Internet. This One Hour Rule can also be applied to video games. Limiting time wasters gives your kids more time to read and participate in mentoring groups. The extra time could also allow them to join extracurricular school activities which help forge strong, long-lasting relationships. The One Hour Rule disciplines your kids to respect how they manage their time later in life. A little discipline today, will pave a road to success for your kids as adults.
  4. Daily Exercise – 76% of the self-made millionaires in my study exercised 30 minutes or more every day. This is more than just about good health. The latest brain research shows that aerobic exercise and weight training improves brain function by growing axons and synapses within the brain.
  5. Positive Mindset – 54% of the self-made millionaires in my study said they had a positive, optimistic mental outlook. And no, they weren’t born that way. They developed it over the years after realizing their negativity was sending them to the poor house. A positive mental outlook opens your eyes to opportunities in life and is like a magnet that attracts other success-minded people into your inner circle. Teach you kids to: practice gratitude, meditate 15 minutes a day, conquer a fear, and congratulate them for making mistakes, because success is built on a mountain of mistakes.
  6. Invent Their Future – Our lives are shaped by our thinking, our beliefs, our behaviors and the choices we make in life. Have your kids write a summary about their future, ideal adult life. This will create a vision or blueprint that will engage their imagination and help them focus on who they want to be, rather than leaving it up to chance. It will inspire them to excel by helping them paint a picture of the life they could have if they studied hard in school.
  7. Passion Finder – Continuously expose your kids to different activities every six months from the age of 7 – 18. This helps them uncover hidden talents and passions. Some activities they will like, some they will hate and others they will love. The ones they love will spark a passion inside them that will stay with them their entire lives

As a parent, you have the ability to alter the very course of the lives of your children. Parents are often the only shot any of us have at having a mentor in life.

Be Sociable, Share!
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.
Phone Number: 732-382-3800 Ext. 103.
Email Tom
| Download Media Kit


  1. It’s cool, thanks

Speak Your Mind