Rich Habits Poor Habits Episode 23 | Common Habits Stopping People From Getting Rich Part 1

Are your habits preventing you from getting rich?

In Tom Corley’s five-year Rich Habits study of 233 rich people and 128 poor people he discovered that your habits dictate your circumstances in life.

In this week’s video we discuss 5 common habits holding people back from being Rich.

These include:

1. Gambling

There is no such thing as getting rich quick.

Financial success takes time, takes initiative, and requires relentless effort

Those who gamble are deluded into thinking there is a shortcut to success.

In his study, 52% of poor people gambled on sports at least once a week and 77% played the lottery every week.

Conversely, 84% of rich people did not bet on sports and 94% did not play the lottery.

Self-made millionaires don’t pursue any get-rich quick schemes.

Instead, they make a habit of pursuing their dreams and their goals.

2. Eating an unhealthy diet

Poor health habits create detrimental luck.

In his study, 97% of poor people ate over three hundred junk food calories each day, 69% ate fast food three or more times a week, 69% ate candy more than twice a week, and 66% were overweight by at least 30 pounds.

Wealthy people value their health.

In addition to eating healthy, they exercise consistently, sleep seven or more hours every night, and make a daily habit out of flossing.

3. Drinking too much alcohol wine drink alcohol

While the occasional glass of wine or beer is fine, drinking too much could impede your chances of financial success.

Fifty-four percent of the poor in my study drank more than two glasses of beer, wine, or alcohol each day.

Eighty-four percent of the self-made millionaires in my study drank less than that.

Drinking too much could affect your memory and ability to think clearly.

Plus, it’s a lot of extra calories and isn’t part of a healthy diet.

4. Hanging out with toxic people

Who you hang out with matters more than you may think.

Eighty-six percent of the rich people in Corley’s study made a habit out of associating with other success-minded individuals.

They also make a point to limit their exposure to toxic, negative people.

On the flip side, only four percent of the poor in my study associated with success-minded individuals.

Ninety-six percent associated with negative, toxic individuals.

You are only going to succeed in life if you surround yourself with the right type of people.

5. Watching too much TV

Seventy-seven percent of the poor in my study watched more than an hour of TV every day. children-403582_1280

Sixty-seven percent of the self-made millionaires in my study watched less than an hour of TV every day.

The rich would rather be educated than entertained.

They replace TV time with reading, thinking, exercising, or any other form of self-education.

Making productive use of time is a hallmark of self-made millionaires

Wasting time is a hallmark of poor people.

You can catch up with past episodes of this weekly webcast here Rich Habit, Poor Habits – Tom Corley & Michael Yardney

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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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