Strategies to Pump Up Your Knowledge


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Daily self-education is one of the Rich Habits of self-made millionaires. Self-education through reading, listening to audiobooks, listening to podcasts or watching videos such as TEDx talks causes you to grow in knowledge. The more knowledgable you become, the more valuable you become to those you serve. The more valuable you become, the more money you make. Below are some strategies I uncovered in my Rich Habits study that will help you maximize your learning time:

First Hour of the Day

The first hour of the day is the optimal time to engage in self-education. Your brain is just emerging from its alpha stage (sleep stage conducive to learning), is well rested and your willpower is at its highest. During this first hour devote 15 – 20 minutes of technical reading. Technical reading is any reading that is related to your what you do for a living. It is the hardest type of reading. Do your technical reading first. After completing your technical reading, devote another 15 – 20 minutes to any reading material that excites you. This could be inspirational reading or reading related to some hobby or passion.

Document What You Learn

Keep a Fact Binder broken up into a few key categories:

  • Job-Related
  • Passion/Hobby-Related
  • Current Events
  • Science
  • History
  • Health
  • Successful People
  • New Words

You should customize your categories to suit your interests. When you learn anything new, write it down in your Fact Binder.

Review What You’ve Learned

Repetition is the key to long-term memory consolidation. Spend 15 – 20 minutes each day reviewing your Fact Binder.

Blog What You’ve Learned

The process of writing down what you’ve learned helps transfer that new knowledge to long-term memory.

Communicate New Knowledge

Sharing new information with others improves your understanding of that new information. When you have to communicate something you know, just like a teacher does, it elevates your grasp of the subject matter. You really have to know your topic in order to effectively communicate what you know to others.

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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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