Who Are Your Top 5 People?


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“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

Over the course of the average month, there are 720 hours. If you sleep seven hours a day, like most, that’s 210 hours, leaving you 510 hours.

Out of that 510 hours, who do you spend the most time with?

If you want to be successful, or even rich, you probably should find out.

The process to find out who you are spending the most time with is really very simple:

  • Create a spreadsheet with 31 columns. In column 1 the header should read “NAME”. In column 2, the header should read “DAY 1”, column 3 = “DAY 2”, column 4 = “DAY 3” and so on.
  • Each day, under column 1 write down the names of the people you interact with every day. This interaction can be physical or non-physical. Physical means being in personal physical contact with a person. Non-physical includes talking with a person on the phone, via email, texting, Skype, etc.
  • Each day, under columns 2 – 31, write down the time you spent interacting with each person on your list.
  • At the end of the thirty days add up all of the time you spent with each name on your list.
  • Put a Plus Sign (+), Minus Sign (-) or Equal Sign (=) next to each name on the list. A Plus Sign is the designation you give to upbeat, optimistic, happy, positive people. These are your Rich Relationships. A Minus Sign is the designation you give to gloomy, pessimistic, negative people. These are your Toxic Relationships. An Equal Sign is the designation you give to those individuals who are in the middle; neither a Rich Relationship, nor a Toxic Relationship.
  • List the top five people you spent the most time with.
  • How many of those top five people you associate with are Rich Relationships?
  • How many of the people that did not make the top five list are Rich Relationships?

Take a good, hard look at your list, particularly those Rich Relationships who did not make it into your top five. Those are the people you should be spending more time with.

Lastly, how many in your top five were Toxic Relationships? Those are the people you should be spending the least amount of time with.

Now you have awareness, thanks to tracking. This process helps you identify who you are associating with the most. If you are associating with too many Toxic Relationships, your odds of being successful are not very good.

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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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