Top 6 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

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The life of an entrepreneur isn’t easy. The early stages of every start-up is fraught with obstacles, potholes, dead ends and wrong turns. I know a lot about successful entrepreneurs because I studied 177 self-made millionaires over a five year period in order to find out exactly what they did to become successful. I share much of that research in my book, Change Your Habits Change Your Life. One of the things I share in my book is that entrepreneurs have certain routines that enable them to navigate around or overcome the many obstructions that get in their way. Below is a snapshot of six of the top habits, the successful entrepreneurs from my study, had in common:

#1 They Are Obsessed With Self-Education

Successful entrepreneurs educate themselves like their life depended on it. They read books, articles and blogs. The listen to podcasts and audio books. They watch TEDx talk, educational videos and YouTube interviews of successful people. According to my research, 88% of self-made millionaires read thirty minutes or more every day solely for self-education.

#2 They Seek Out Expert Mentors

Successful entrepreneurs find mentors who are experts at what they do. They ask them questions, tapping their knowledge and experience. Finding a mentor is the fast track to wealth accumulation according to my study. Ninety-three percent of the rich in my study who had success mentors attributed their wealth to those mentors. Since the average rich person in my study was worth $4.3 million, this means finding a mentor is like having someone deposit $4.3 million into your bank account. Mentors smooth out the path towards success. They help you avoid making mistakes.

#3 They Are Real Life Action Heroes

Successful entrepreneurs are a lot like action heroes in that they take action that makes most people cower in fear. They take action because they know that only by taking action will you figure out what works and what doesn’t work. Action leads to knowledge, learning and growth. Successful entrepreneurs understand that in order to become successful they need to grow into the person they need to be in order for success to happen.

#4 They Are Process Oriented

Once they figure out what works, successful entrepreneurs document it. They create written processes for everyone on their team to follow. These processes automate success and minimize mistakes and errors.

#5 They Find Apostles for Their Cause

Successful entrepreneurs spend years finding and building a team of talented individuals. According to my research, it takes an average of three years to find the right team. Successful entrepreneurs are quick to fire and slow to hire, because most have very limited working capital starting out. They don’t have the luxury to carry anyone who isn’t adding value and helping them pull the cart. The successful entrepreneurs diligently search for talented individuals who buy into their dreams and goals.

#6 They Don’t Follow the Herd

Successful entrepreneurs are not followers. They’re trailblazers. Because they are pursuing a dream, they are forced to separate themselves from the herd. The herd is risk-averse. They avoid anything that’s outside their comfort zone. Successful entrepreneurs embrace the new and the different. Those entrepreneurs who succeed, soon find themselves with their own herd. Success brings more and more people into the herd of successful entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs understand that the more people they bring into their herd, the more successful they will be and the more wealth they will accumulate. Millionaires have hundreds in their herd, deca-millionaires have thousands, and billionaires have millions in their herd.


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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. Seeking for more knowledge makes you a successful entrepreneur. Learning for self-improvement and growth must not stop. It brings you to greater heights in business.

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