Finding Your Main Purpose in 6 Months

In 2009, one of my “students” implored me to write a book that shared my habits research. He was one of ten individuals who participated in a number of my hour-long learning sessions. This session was titled: “How the Rich Achieve 100% of Their Goals”. I shared with the group the epiphany, from my research, that most people failed to achieve their goals because they were not actually setting goals, but instead making wishes. I also shared the two fundamental components of a goal:

  1. 100% Achievablility and
  2. Physical Activity

My “student” had just realized a goal that had eluded him for three years, thanks to my research. He became insistent that I write a book to share my discoveries. I told him I was a CPA and that I had never published a book before. I had no idea how to write a book for publication. In actuality, I was simply afraid. Afraid of doing something I had never done before. Afraid of what I knew I would be confronting: obstacles, hurdles, problems, stress and possible failure. But I relented and wrote Rich Habits, which, after three years, became a bestseller.

What changed my mind? My “student” used guilt as a motivating agent: “If you were to die tomorrow, all of the research you did, the research that helped me realize my goal, would be lost. For all you know, you might only have six months to live. Write your book if only for your children.”

I thought long and hard about his words. If I were to die in six months, I would no longer be able to mentor my children, to guide them in life. But if I wrote a book, I could mentor them even in my absence. My book could act as a surrogate for me, helping them overcome life’s obstacles in a Dad-less world. So I set out to write a book as if I were going to die in six months. I set out to write a book for my children that would share the core habits that create a successful life. Incredibly, it was this action, writing Rich Habits, that revealed to me my main purpose in life. To help mentor others through my Rich Habits.

What if you only had six months to live?  What would you do with those six months? Inside the answer to that question lies your main purpose in life.

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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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