Success Breeds Confidence


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One of the characteristics I most admired in my study of self-made millionaires, was their confidence. At first, in the early days of my five-year study of the rich, I considered confidence a prerequisite, an inherent characteristic, that all successful people must have had prior to realizing success. But I was wrong. Confidence, I learned, was a byproduct not a prerequisite.

It takes courage to pursue your dreams and the goals behind those dreams. Courage, because the pursuit of a dream is very risky. In the beginning, nothing goes right. Mistakes, pitfalls, setbacks and obstacles are ever present in the lives of those who pursue a dream. In the early going, the pursuit of a dream feels like you are at war. Every day is a new battle to overcome mistakes, pitfalls, setbacks and obstacles. But those mistakes, pitfalls, setbacks and obstacles force you to learn what to do and what not to do. You grow. You evolve. You learn. And that growth, evolution and learning becomes the foundation upon which those who pursue their dreams build their foundation for success. The more mistakes, pitfalls, setbacks and obstacles you are able to overcome, the sounder that foundation. Success, it turns out, is built upon a mountain of mistakes, pitfalls, setbacks and obstacles. The more mistakes, pitfalls, setbacks and obstacles you are able overcome, the higher your mountain.

True success is defined by your ability to overcome the mistakes, pitfalls, setbacks and obstacles that you encounter during your success journey. Each time you overcome them, you gain confidence. Confidence grows with each victory. And the more confident you become, the more certain you become that you will ultimately succeed. That confidence then fuels you with optimism and enthusiasm and you gain more courage along the journey. You begin to believe in yourself like never before. You begin to believe that you can overcome any mistake, pitfall, setback or obstacle that life throws at you. And those challenges lose their power over you. They no longer intimidate or frustrate you. Confidence, it turns out, is an acquired trait. One acquired during the journey towards 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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