Where Are You Going in Life – What’s Your City of Oz?


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Most of us have seen the Wizard of Oz. The focal point of that movie is the yellow brick road. Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road in order to get to her destination – the City of Oz. But that road is fraught with all sorts of dangers and obstacles she must overcome. That same road is also where Dorothy magically finds the help she needs to succeed in her journey to Oz.

The path you take in the pursuit of each of your dreams is very much like that yellow brick road. You will face all sorts of problems, obstacles and dangers that you must overcome. What keeps you moving forward is a clear picture of your destination. You must be able to see your own personal City of Oz which awaits you at the end of your journey.

If you are pursuing a dream, what clear, specific thing do you see at the end of your journey? Most don’t have a specific picture of what awaits them. When you cannot clearly visualize the end, it is impossible to complete your journey. If you can’t see the end clearly, you will get lost along the way. You’ll get distracted. The end, your destination, must be definitive, clear, specific and something simple for your mind to anchor itself on to. For me, my end, my destination, is becoming a specific person – JC Jobs. JC Jobs is the main character in my books Rich Habits and Rich Kid. JC represents the future version of me. He is very specific to me. I see him clearly every day. I know what awaits me at the end of my journey. I know exactly what my end looks like.

Before you set out in pursuit of your dream, make sure you are very clear about what awaits you at the end of your journey. That end needs to be very clear, very specific and very personal. Being rich, is not an end. A desire to travel, is not an end. Wanting to retire some day, is not an end. They are too vague. They lack specificity. While you can have multiple City of Oz’s during your lifetime, or just one City of Oz, in either case your City of Oz must be something specific that you desire.

Here are some examples of destinations to help you:

  • I want to be a full-time author.
  • I want to be a full-time speaker.
  • I want to own a house by the beach.
  • I want to have $2 million in savings or retirement.
  • I want to be a CPA, Attorney, Neurosurgeon, Astronaut, Priest, etc.
  • I want to sell my company for $3 million.
  • I want to pay off my mortgage to my home.
  • I want to sell 1 million books.
  • I want to lose 20 pounds.
  • I want to run a marathon.
  • I want to become a professional tennis player.
  • I want to be able to bench 300 pounds.
  • I want to get rid of my high blood pressure, diabetes, or beat my cancer, etc.

When you are clear about your destination, no dangers, no obstacles, no problems, no uncertainties and no doubts will be able to stop you from reaching it. Clarity gives you laser-like focus. When you are able to see your City of Oz, almost nothing can stop you from reaching your destination.


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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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