Success Requires a Positive Mental Outlook

In my five-year study of the daily habits of the rich and poor I discovered one of the secrets to success: Positivity. Wealthy people have the Rich Habit of a Positive Mental Outlook (PMO). They are upbeat, optimistic, grateful and happy.

Below are some of the positivity statistics I uncovered in my study of the wealthy:

  • 82% were happy
  • 94% were happy doing what they did for a living
  • 92% were happy with their health
  • 87% were happily married
  • 98% believed in unlimited opportunity
  • 81% did not allow themselves to lose their temper
  • 87% believed they created their own good luck
  • 94% avoided negative gossiping
  • 79% believed they would be financially successful in life
  • 85% believed honesty was critical to success
  • 83% meditated every day
  • 54% believed their optimism was an important factor in their success
  • 78% believed those who pursued wealth were good, honest and hardworking individuals
  • 96% believed success has nothing to do with chance
  • 62% were devoted to some charitable cause
  • 97% believed wealthy people are not greedy

Below are some of the negativity statistics I uncovered in my study of the poor:

  • 98% were unhappy
  • 85% were unhappy doing what they did for a living
  • 53% were unhappy in their marriage
  • 51% did not believe in unlimited opportunity
  • 43% allowed themselves to lose their temper
  • 54% believed they were the victims of random bad luck
  • 79% engaged in negative gossip
  • 87% believed they would be poor in life
  • 77% believed lying was critical to success in life
  • 52% believed chance determines success
  • 78% believed optimism is not critical to success
  • 95% believed wealthy people were greedy, dishonest and not hardworking

Positivity is a mindset. The wealthy did not have a positive mental outlook because they were wealthy. They are wealthy because they had a positive mental outlook. They developed a PMO long before they realized any success in life. They made positivity a daily habit. Those who were poor developed their negative mindset long before they became poor. There’s an old saying: “If you don’t believe, you will never achieve”. You must believe you will succeed in life. You must embrace positivity. You must change your outlook from a negative mental outlook to a positive mental outlook. Those who sow negativity, reap negativity. Those who sow positivity reap positivity. What do you want to sow?

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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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