A Typical Day in the Life of a Successful Person

There are only 1,440 minutes in each day. Rich or poor, each person’s daily bucket is filled with the exact same amount of time. Life does not discriminate with any of us, when it comes to how much time it gives us in a day. We are all on equal footing when it comes to time. What isn’t equal is what we choose to do with the time given us. That is where the rich and poor part ways. And this is where success happens. Success and wealth happen to only a select few. This unusual group or people make the most use of their 1,440 minutes. How does the average successful person spend their weekday? Thanks to my five-year study on the daily habits of the wealthy, I have data that can answer that very question.

Breakdown of the 1,440 minutes of the average successful person’s weekday:

  • 30 minutes or more engaged in reading for self-education for work or to help pursue a long-term goal, dream or major purpose.
  • 30 minutes or more engaged in aerobic exercise.
  • 15 minutes or more planning their day.
  • 60 minutes dedicated specifically to pursuing a long-term goal, dream or major purpose.
  • 70 minutes or less making phone calls, emailing, skypeing, etc.
  • 420 minutes sleeping.
  • 40 minutes networking, volunteering, relationship building.
  • 500 minutes or more working.
  • 75 minutes or less traveling for work.
  • 75 minutes or less eating.
  • 30 minutes dressing, bathing, etc.
  • 10 minutes meditating.
  • 45 minutes dedicated to family
  • 40 minutes running errands, recreation, cooking, home, miscellaneous.

The average weekday of the wealthy begins at 4:45 am, or approximately three hours before arriving at work. Of course, not every weekday is the same and not every wealthy, successful person is the same in terms of how they spend their time during the weekday. This is an average based upon the data I gathered on the daily activities of the wealthy. Some spent more or less time at work, self-education, pursuing goals, with family etc.  Nonetheless, it allows us to pull the curtain back on the wealthy. It gives us a glimpse into their daily lives.

The average weekend day of the wealthy begins at 6am. The wealthy dedicate their weekend time predominantly to family, recreation, work, exercise, goals/dreams, self-education, networking and volunteering. The bulk of their weekend time is devoted primarily to four categories: family, recreation, pursuing a long-term goal, dream, or major purpose and volunteering.

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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, Money.com, India TV, News.com 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, SUCCESS.com, Inc.com, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider, Credit.com, Bankrate.com 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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