Your Habits Make Success Easy, Hard or Impossible


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History is replete with famous individuals and companies who either failed or came within a hair’s breadth of failure:

  • Abraham Lincoln failed six times in politics before he was elected President of the United States.
  • Henry Ford’s first automobile company went bankrupt.
  • Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times with the incandescent light bulb.
  • R.H. Macy failed seven times before figuring out how to run a retail outlet and make a profit.
  • Steve Jobs went through nearly $80 million of his $117 million in less than nine years and was just one year away from losing everything in 1994.
  • Elon Musk (SpaceX) was one rocket launch away from losing everything in 2008.
  • Donald Trump (Trump Entertainment) nearly lost everything in 1992, his Waterloo year.
  • Phil Libin was one day away from shutting down his now $1 billion dollar company Evernote.
  • Pandora, at one time, was forced to lay off all of its employees and was a hair’s breath away from going under.

There are many successful people who attended the school of hard knocks, battling through countless errors, mistakes, poor decisions and even failure. In fact, 34% of the self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits Study, failed at least once in business.

But history is also replete with stories of successful individuals who did not experience failure:

  • Andrew Carnegie, at one time the richest man in the world, experienced nothing but success in his march to making millions. He later partnered with Napoleon Hill to share his secrets to success. Hill wrote a book about the lessons he learned from Andrew Carnegie. That book, Think and Grow Rich, helped a new generation realize enormous success in life.
  • Benjamin Franklin, America’s first millionaire, succeeded in just about every endeavor.
  • Warren Buffet’s rise to billionaire status was seamless.
  • Mark Zuckerberg came out of nowhere with Facebook, rising to billionaire status almost overnight.

These individuals all seemed to have the Midas Touch when it came to making money.

My point is that you don’t need to graduate from the school of hard knocks in order to succeed. There’s an easier way. You just need to adopt good daily success habits. Habits put your success on autopilot.

Habits are automatic, subconscious behaviors, thinking and choices. Most are not even aware of the habits they have. Having the Midas Touch is nothing other than having good daily success habits. To the untrained eye, those who have this Midas Touch, seem to coast through life realizing one success after another. But, in reality, these individuals forged good daily success habits early on in their lives and , as a result, they put their lives on success autopilot.

In my study, individuals who were lucky enough to find a success mentor became self-made millionaires within twelve years and accumulated an average of $7.4 million in wealth. Success mentors teach you two things:

  1. What to do and what not to do and
  2. Which habits to adopt and which habits to eliminate.

When you know these two things, success is more streamlined and much easier.

That’s why I decided to write my Rich Habits books. This way, by just reading a book, you could streamline the success process. In a way, my books are a surrogate for the success mentor you never had.

Don’t make the journey to success any harder than it has to be.

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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. Davene Meehan says:

    There is the Eureka moment. You are my mentor. In the back of my mind–how am I going to find a mentor. I have two of your books. I am not wealthier, but I am definitely healthier, and it simply feels good to have a direction to aim at. So thank you for that. Plus it is interesting that I seem to be homing in on positive people–a small radar buzzing around. However I seem to find negative people a bit more irritating…. I have to make myself be polite…

    • Davene Meehan says:

      Oh, yes–I am having trouble finding that organization I want to volunteer for. My passion would be to solve poverty. 🙂 Nothing small.

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