How to be a Mentor-Parent

Parents all want the best for their children. They want them to grow up to be happy and successful in life. But it doesn’t just happen. Kids, left to their own devices, will seek the path of least resistance. They’ll shirk their homework for pretty much anything. It’s up to Parents to teach their children how to be happy and successful in life. But that rarely happens. Very few children are raised by mentor-parents – parents who teach their children success habits, good behaviors and the importance and consequence of the choices they make in life. When parents fail to be mentor-parents they set their children up to fail in life. Parents are responsible for poverty in society. Not the economy, not the government, not rich people, not big corporations, not Wall Street, not teachers. Parents! I’ve gotten into a lot of fights over this topic over the years with many, many people. It’s hard for some to accept that their poverty is their own doing. Everyone wants to blame someone else for their circumstances in life. They don’t want to take individual responsibility for their circumstances in life. That thinking gets them nowhere. It keeps them poor. You can’t become successful if you’re always blaming others for your circumstances. It’s important for parents to instill in their kids the Rich Habit of taking individual responsibility for their lives. It’s important for parents to lead by example and mentor their kids. Kids are always watching their parents and copying their behaviors and habits. If those behaviors and habits are Poverty Habits, kids will pick them up and take those habits into their adult lives. Kids who learn the Poverty Habits from their parents grow up to become unhappy, unsuccessful and poor. Worse, they pass along those Poverty Habits to their children and this cycle of poverty perpetuates itself from one generation to the next. It’s the reason the poor get poorer.

Kids raised by parents who teach them good daily success habits and behaviors grow up to become happy, successful and wealthy. Unfortunately, those raised in mentor-parent households represent only about 5% of the population in America. This 5% do not struggle financially, they have nice homes, vacation at the nicest places and are generally well read. The most important thing to society is that kids born into Rich Habits households pass along these habits to their children and their children grow up to become happy, successful and wealthy. This cycle of wealth perpetuates itself from one generation to the next and it is the reason why the rich get richer.

If you want to break the cycle of poverty in your family, it must start at home. Parents need to elevate themselves and become mentors to their children. Unfortunately, most parents don’t know where to begin. My latest book, Rich Kids – How to Raise Your Children to be Happy and Successful in Life  ( will teach you the habits, behaviors and the thinking to instill in your children in order for them to live a happy and successful life. Your kids are worth the time and money. Parents are often the only shot any of us have at having a mentor in life.

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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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