How Successful People Clone Their Way to Success

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When most people think of mentoring, they invariable view it as one-sided: an apprentice  learning from the master. But there’s a lot more to mentoring than that.

68% of the millionaires in my study mentored others. Why? Were they just paying it forward and giving back? I discovered from my research that it’s not one-sided. The truth is, mentoring is a very selfish act.

When you successfully mentor those who work for you, it’s the equivalent of cloning yourself. By training others to do what you do and helping them excel in life, you multiply your chances for success. Everything you know, every trick up your sleeve, every pitfall you’ve experienced and your work ethic, when downloaded into the mind of an apprentice, doubles your success. If you teach what you know to two newbies, you triple your success. Three, quadruples your success. You get the point. When you mentor others you don’t have to work as hard and you can make much more money. You are leveraging yourself, your knowledge and your skills. It puts success on autopilot.

What makes mentoring even more powerful is when the student becomes the master and can begin mentoring others. Mentoring creates a cycle of exponential success, making every mentor very wealthy in the process. You can think of it as a mentoring pyramid scheme, if that helps. But in this pyramid scheme everyone benefits. and no one loses.

Mentoring is one of the secret habits of self-made millionaires and successful businesses. The most successful, individuals and business owners in my study were masters in mentoring others. They created processes or systems to teach what they know and institutionalize success. It requires an investment on the part of the mentor, but once you learn how to mentor someone, you can create a process or system to mentor more than one person at a time. That’s how successful people are able to clone their way to success.

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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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