Success is Color Blind

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I was listening to my favorite radio host, Mark Levin, recently. A woman called in. She was very angry. She said she was a black woman. She told Mark, “you white people hate us. You hold us back.”

Then I thought about Ray Charles. Ray Charles is an icon. He was, in my opinion, one of the greatest musicians, period. Ray was black. He was also blind. He battled drug addiction for many years. And yet, he succeeded.

Why? Because Ray Charles didn’t care that he was black. Ray Charles didn’t care that he was blind. He only cared about one thing. His music. His passion to succeed gave him superpowers. Ray Charles’ unlimited beliefs propelled him to greatness. That’s what the right beliefs do. They give you superpowers.

But most muddle through life blaming everyone and everything for their circumstances.

If you believe white people are holding you back, you are right.

If you believe black people are holding you back, you are right.

If you believe illegal immigrants are holding you back, you are right.

Limiting beliefs are a cancer on society. Don’t allow limiting beliefs even a second of life. They will hold you back from the life you were intended to live.

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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. Might want to change title to “Color” Blind instead of “colored” blind to avoid an unintended pun.

    I am Black and you are a role model for me. I graduated from U of Illinois w/ an accy degree + a finance degree and I’m 1/2 way to my CPA, with 5 yrs accounting experience, currently in HealthCare IT.

    I agree a victimhood mindset is a self-imposed handicap in life. I agree with you post. However, “Colored Blind” can be seen as subtlety politically incorrect, as the word “Colored” is no longer appropriate to describe people.

    • Thank you! Made the change.

      • Thank you!

        Your post about how much work you had to do to get Rich Habits published was very inspirational and made me a fan! I purchased the audiobook version of Rich Habits and Change Your Habits Change Your LIfe and listened after reading and article on a financial blog (forgot which one). It’s great that you share your wisdom, although the masses may not do what it takes or put it into action – those who do will be blessed (God willing Prov. 21:31).

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