Tip o’ the Morning to Ya – Success Mentors

Rich Habits Word of the Day

Exemplar – Standard, epitome. Tom’s 4th grade teacher was an exemplar of a mentor who instilled in him a sense of purpose.

Rich Habits Fact of the Day

Famous Mentor-Mentee Pairs:

OPRAH WINFREY mentored by Mrs. Duncan (4th grade teacher)

GEN. COLIN POWELL mentored by his father Luther Powell

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING mentored by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

US PRESIDENT JOSIAH BARTLET mentored by Mrs. Landingham (The West Wing)

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN mentored by Howard Zinn

LUKE SKYWALKER mentored by Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi (Star Wars)

HENRY DAVID THOREAU mentored by Ralph Waldo Emerson

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN mentored by William Ravenel (high school teacher/coach)

WALTER CRONKITE mentored by Fred Birney (high school journalism teacher)

SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON mentored by Rev. Donald James

GLORIA ESTEFAN mentored by her grandmother Consuelo Garcia

HELEN KELLER mentored by Anne Sullivan

BOB DYLAN mentored by Woody Guthrie

QUINCY JONES mentored by Ray Charles

MARTIN SHEEN mentored by Rev. Alfred Drapp

DENZEL WASHINGTON mentored by Sidney Poitier

HARRY POTTER mentored by Professor Dumbledore

ROSA PARKS mentored by Alice L. White (headmistress)

TOM BROKAW mentored by Frances Morrow (elementary school teacher)

MITCH ALBOM mentored by Morrie Schwartz (Tuesdays with Morrie)

ANTWONE FISHER mentored by Brenda Profitt (elementary school teacher)

GWEN IFILL mentored by Alden Poole (college professor)

LARRY KING mentored by Edward Bennett Williams

CAL RIPKEN, JR. mentored by his father

TIM RUSSERT mentored by Sister Mary Lucille

Rich Habit Lesson of the Day

  1. In life, there are five ways to find a Success Mentor: Parents – Parents are often the only opportunity any of us have at having a mentor in life. This is why parenting is so important. Parents need to be success mentors to their children. They need to teach their children good daily success habits. If they don’t it is likely their children will struggle in life financially.
  2. Teachers – Good teachers are good mentors. Teachers can reinforce the mentoring children receive at home from their parents, or step in to provide the much needed success mentoring absent at home.
  3. Career Mentors – For those not fortunate enough to have had parents or teachers who provided success mentoring, finding someone at work who can act as a mentor will ensure success in life. Find someone at work who you admire, trust and respect and just ask them to be your mentor.
  4. Reading – Many successful people attribute their success in life to self-help, success authors such as Dale Carnegie, Earl Nightingale, Og Mandino or Jack Canfield.
  5. School of Hard Knocks – When you learn good daily success habits through the school of hard knocks you are essentially your own mentor. You teach yourself what not to do. You learn from your mistakes and failures. This is the hard way because those mistakes and failures cost you financially.


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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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