Those Who Succeed Build Habits Around Their Strengths


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“You don’t succeed because you have no weaknesses. You succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing habits around them.” Tim Ferriss

Even the most gifted, talented and successful individuals are swimming in flaws.

  • JFK, Tiger Woods and Arnold Schwarzenegger were womanizers.
  • Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King, iconic writers, were consumed by drug and alcohol addictions.
  • Winona Ryder, Megan Fox & Britney Spears, famous celebrities, were all caught shoplifting in the height of their success.
  • Tiger Woods also struggles with a gambling addiction. As does Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan and Ben Affleck.

Yet, despite their many flaws, they excelled in life. How?

What propelled them to greatness and riches was their ability to focus on one or two strengths for many years.

The secret to escaping poverty and accumulating enormous wealth, for self-made millionaires, is finding one or two innate talents and then devoting your life to building habits around those talents:

  • JFK devoted his life to honing his political skills.
  • Arnold Schwrzenegger devoted focused chunks of his life to four key areas: first on bodybuilding, then on real estate investing, acting and politics.
  • Tiger Woods devoted his life to golf beginning at age 2.
  • Michael Jordan focused all of his efforts on basketball after he was cut from his high school basketball team.

The path towards success is not eliminating your weaknesses. It is finding one or two innate talents that you possess and then devoting your life to building daily habits around those strengths.

Don’t focus on eliminating or minimizing your flaws. Focus on building your strengths. We were all born with certain innate talents; natural gifts. Find them, develop habits around them and life will rain success down upon you.


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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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  1. This is Very motivating to me! I am flaw focused daily, and this gives me a totally fresh perspective. Thank you!
    I enjoy your emails!

  2. Great post Tom. Thank you for putting this kind of information out there.i learned a lot here and already changing my habits.

    Thanks Anthony hoevertsz

  3. Fantastic post, love it

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