Your Why is Your Compass


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My research is clear. Your habits determine your standard of living for you and your family.

Your habits are the reason you live in a mansion by the ocean or a slum in the ghetto.

Your habits are the reason your children go to expensive private schools or are relegated to a public education.

Your habits are the reason you rise to success, while others wallow in poverty or the middle-class.

But how is it that some individuals forge success habits and others do not?

The answer is your WHY.

Those who have a WHY cultivate certain, specific habits that are necessary in order for them to pursue their WHY.

In most cases your WHY is a dream you are pursuing.

Your WHY is your compass.

It steers you in the right direction and provides you with everything you will need in order to realize your WHY:

  • It directs the action you must take in order to succeed.
  • It directs the habits you must forge to help you achieve your goals.
  • It directs the relationships you must grow in order to open the right doors.
  • It directs the books you must read in order to acquire the knowledge you will need to become an expert in your field.
  • It directs the skills you must acquire in order to set you apart from the herd.
  • It directs what you do with your 24 hours.
  • It gives you the motivation you need.
  • It gives you the optimism that every successful person possesses.
  • It gives you the persistence to overcome all obstacles placed in your way.
  • It gives you the correct intuition in making the right decisions.
  • It gives you the incredible work ethic that is required in order to succeed.

Your WHY opens up a Pandora’s box of success traits you never imagined you had.

Find your WHY and life will give you everything you need and want.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

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. Daniel Villalobos-Terrazas says:

    Hi Tom,
    Thank you for writing this informative and helpful blog. In this post, you make a very good case for having a WHY, and at tying the WHY to habits and perspectives that will lead to success, but will you please define the WHY? What is it, and how do we formulate our own WHYs into our own compasses?

    • Your WHY could be:

      It could be so many things. You can have more than one WHY. You can have big WHY’s and little WHY’s. And your WHYs can change.
      My #1 WHY in the 90’s was Graduate school.
      My #1 WHY from 2005 – 2008 was to become a CFP. That took me 4 years of study and 5 licenses.
      My other important WHY from 2007 – 2015 was also getting my kids through college.
      My #1 WHY since 2008 has been to become a successful author.

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