There is no Sin in Success


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I grew up in a very religious family. Every Sunday, we attended mass. Every Saturday, was confession. I said the rosary every night before I went to sleep. At a very early age I truly believed my calling in life was the priesthood.

But things changed and, instead, I became a CPA. Most CPA’s I know are very moral and honest individuals. I suppose those not cut out for the priesthood, become CPA’s.

One of the things my mother would often recite to me was a biblical scripture in Matthew 19:24:

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

As a result, I grew up convinced that the pursuit and acquisition of wealth was a mortal sin and saw all wealthy individuals as sinners. Almost daily, this belief was validated by the media and politicians, who almost unanimously, vilified the rich as individuals who did not pay their fair share in taxes, who paid employees far too little and who were, well, just plain corrupt.

That all changed in 2009, after completing my analysis of my five-year study on the daily habits of the rich and poor. That study opened my eyes. I learned that wealthy individuals were not bad people. So many of the self-made millionaires I studied devoted their time and money, funding and running charitable organizations that helped poor people, disabled people, homeless people, and those otherwise cast aside by society. They also valued their employees, loaning them money to help them purchase a home, paying for unexpected medical expenses and mentoring them so they too could succeed. Wealthy people, I found, were among the finest human beings to walk the earth.

No, it’s not a sin to pursue and acquire wealth. In fact, I have come to believe that those who pursue and realize their dreams, and become wealthy in the process, are actually closer to God than those who sit in condemnation of them.

Don’t let ignorant ideologies hold you back from the pursuit of success. Unshackle yourself from them. Those who embrace the notion that the pursuit and acquisition of wealth is bad, are, in my opinion, the real sinners.






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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. Delwyn Campbell says:

    Mr. Corley, I have read your postings with interest, hoping to glean from them. There is something in this post, however, that I find to be extremely troubling. You state that “it’s not a sin to pursue and acquire wealth. In fact, I have come to believe that those who pursue and realize their dreams, and become wealthy in the process, are actually closer to God than those who sit in condemnation of them.”
    Your statement mixes biblical truth with error. It is correct that we should fulfill our vocations to the best of our God-given ability, for “to whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48). On the other hand, the pursuit of wealth cannot be done apart from “The love of money,” which is “a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Tim 6:10). Jesus, in the story of the Foolish Man (Luke 12:13-21), the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (see Luke 16:10-31), and in his encounter with the rich young ruler (Luke 18:10-30), points out repeatedly that the pursuit and focus on wealth is a stumbling block to the Kingdom of God.
    You give good advice with regards to training both oneself and one’s children in respecting money and making wise financial decisions. You are probably a very good CPA. When it comes to the care of souls, however, you are not a theologian, and by mixing error with truth, are speaking things that will lead many into a snare, and give place to the devil. It is not by your works that you are justified before God, but by your faith. Those who put their trust in money, and serve it, will not serve and trust in God, for “you cannot serve God and mammon.” Your assessment that those wealthy people are “closer to God,” based on your assessment of their deeds as righteous, and the criticisms directed against them as sinful, is far from the Kingdom of God, which can only be entered by faith, not by works of Law.
    May the peace of the Lord be with you as you seek His will.

  2. You need to put God first before anything in your life and you will be successful according to HIS will.Trust me!

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