Your Relationships Are Keeping You Poor According to Recent Study

We are only as successful as the people we spend the most time with. 86% of wealthy people associate with other wealthy people. 96% of poor people associate with other poor people. If you want to end your personal poverty you need to change who you associate with. You need to evaluate each of your relationships and determine if they are a Rich Relationship or a Poverty Relationship.

Poverty Relationships

Poverty Relationships share the following characteristics:

  • They struggle financially
  • They have more Poverty Habits than Rich Habits (
  • They are negative, down and pesimistic
  • They are constantly putting out fires
  • Their life is in perpetual turmoil and they are unhappy
  • They are always fighting with one of their friends, someone in their family, or at work
  • They gossip
  • They are dream killers
  • They lack enthusiasm
  • They are depressed or sad a lot
  • They have a “poor, poor me” attitude
  • They blame others and do not take responsibility

Rich Relationships

Rich Relationships share the following characteristics:

  • They are financially successful
  • They have more Rich Habits than Poverty Habits
  • They are positive, upbeat and optimistic
  • Their life is calm and they are happy
  • They get along with everyone in life
  • They never gossip about others
  • They lift you up and motivate you to pursue your goals and dreams
  • They are very enthusiastic
  • They take responsibility for their lives and never blame others

We all have Rich Relationships and Poverty Relationships. But how many you have of each will determine how successful you will be in life. Visualize a seesaw. How many Poverty Relationships and Rich Relationships does your Relationship Seesaw have? In order to get your Relationship Seesaw tipping in the right direction, 51% of your relationships need to be “Rich” ones.

Adjusting Your Relationship Seesaw

In order to get your Relationship Seesaw to tip in the right direction there are a number of steps you need to take:

Step #1 List your relationships – Take out a pad and pencil and list every one of your relationships in the first column.

Step #2 Determine if Influence Relationship – In the next column identify how much time you spend with each relationship. Those you spend more than an hour a week with are considered Influence Relationships. Influence Relationships have either a positive or negative influence on you and your life.

Step #3 Score your relationships – In the third column put a “+” next to each name if they are a Rich Relationship or a “-” next to each name if they are a Poverty Relationship.

Step #4 Tip your seesaw – Once you have identified all the “+’s” and “-‘s”, the next step is to limit the time you spend with your Poverty Relationships to less than one hour a week and increase the time you spend with your Rich Relationships to more than an hour a week.

Step #5 Seek out Rich Relationships – Make a list of individuals you may know, who are not on your list, but who you believe may fall into the Rich Relationship category. Seek to spend an hour or more a week with them.

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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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