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The Desire To Be Wealthy Is Really About The Desire To Be Free

In my five-year study on the rich and poor, I took a lot of notes on the 356 people I interviewed. I asked both groups 144 questions. One of those…

Realistic Optimism

Wishful Thinkers believe they will succeed without putting in the work required to succeed. Those who play the lottery are a good example of Wishful Thinkers. The odds of winning…

Repeat These Words Every Day: “Become Better”

In a study published in the British Journal of Psychology, evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management University found that individuals…

How to Create Apostles to Help Make Your Dream a Reality

One of the many questions I asked during my Rich Habits Study was how rich people, before they were rich, were able to forge relationships with the Influencers who helped…

Why Are Some People Able to Glide Through Life?

Have you ever noticed that there are some people who seem to glide through life? For some individuals, it takes many years to get good at a particular task, while…

Your Destination Must Be as Clear as a Picture

Most 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…

Uncertainty is Part of the Journey to Success

Those who realize success, a dream, accomplish big goals or relentlessly pursue something they are passionate about are courageous and maybe even heroic. They’re heroic for one reason: they do…

There is One Shortcut to Success

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to succeed. You don’t have to figure our what to do and what not to do, through the school of hard knocks. You…

The Fickle Winds of Fate Are No Match for Those Who Simply Refuse To Quit On Their Dream

Becoming a successful entrepreneur is not easy. Most entrepreneurs put everything on the line. They take courageous risks in the pursuit of their dreams. As an entrepreneur, you often feel…

Life is a Mirror

The circumstances of your life are a mirror of your habits, beliefs, emotions and your thinking. You see this mirror effect at work all the time. Someone walks into a…

Confidence is an Acquired Trait

Before I began my five-year Rich Habits Study, I held the belief that confidence was a prerequisite for success – something all successful people had. But I was wrong. Confidence,…

How Much Are You in Control?

The Locus of Control concept was first introduced in 1954 by Julian B. Rotter. Locus of Control is a measure of how much control one actually has over the outcomes…

Avoid People Who Do Not Value or Respect Your Time

There are people who consume your time without giving it any thought at all. These individuals will call you on the phone often, picking your brain endlessly. Or they will…

Habits Make Discipline Unnecessary

I was in the gym one day and overheard the following exchange between a woman and a man: Woman to Man: “Did you run today?” Man to Woman: “Not yet.…

How to Double Your Odds of Success

56% of the wealthy in my Rich Habits Study married right. What I mean is that they married a spouse who had certain traits that made their union successful. Finding…

The Empowered Artist Workshop 9.11.21

I am being interviewed for the Empowered Artist Workshop LIVE.  It will bring together seven experts and gallery owner/art consultant/author Bridgette Mayer who will be leading the discussions, interviews, and…

Those With a Positive Mental Outlook Have Bigger Brains

When you have a positive mental outlook, you automatically flood the brain with serotonin and dopamine, two neuro-chemicals that cause brain cells to create new connections (synapses) with other brain cells.…

What is Happiness?

Happiness is very subjective. What makes me “happy” might not make you “happy”. Also, how I define happiness may be different than how you define happiness. Happiness, therefore, is a…

Why and How I Track Everything I Do

As many of you know, I ‘m big on binders. I learned about this “Binder Process” from several of the self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits Study, who used Binders…

Find Your IT

How bad do you want it? “It” being the realization of a dream or long-term goal. The laziest individual, influenced by desire, will instantaneously morph into the hardest working individual.…

Inspiration is the Brain’s Door Bell – Never Ignore It

We literally have two brains: The Conscious Brain and The Subconscious Brain. The Conscious Brain -The conscious brain is the newest part of the brain. It has been around for…

Don’t Work – Produce Outcomes

Successful people do not “work” – they produce outcomes. One after another. A goal is nothing more than the pursuit of an outcome. You create outcomes by having a clear…

You Only Fail When You Quit or Die Trying

Michael Jordan, the first billionaire basketball player, failed to make his high school varsity basketball team in his sophomore year and was sent down to his junior varsity team instead.…

Goals and Dreams Fire Up Your Brain Cells

Your brain is exposed to 11 million bits of information per second. Unfortunately, the brain can only process 40 bits of information per second. So, how does the brain decide…

Two Powerful Relationship-Building Strategies That Have Stood the Test of Time

My wife has a lot of friends. More friends than anyone else I know. She is wholly invested in her friends, helping or leading in the planning of birthdays, weekend…

Smart, Happy People Pursue Goals/Dreams

In a study published in the British Journal of Psychology, evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management University found that individuals…

Workplace Gossip is the Kiss of Death – For Your Career

In my Rich Habits Research, one of the data points I found interesting had to do with gossiping. Ninety-four percent of the wealthy avoided gossiping vs. 79% of the poor,…

Successful Entrepreneurs Prepare for the Unexpected

If you’re a beach person like me, you no doubt have had this experience – in order to get to your spot on the beach, you have to trudge through…

Are YOU Holding Yourself Back From Success

At some level we all desire to be financially successful. Financial success solves many of life’s problems. Being financially successful means you no longer have debt, you no longer worry…

Enemies of Logic

Consistently good decisions lead to consistently good outcomes. The foundation of good decision-making is Logic. Making Logic a daily habit, therefore, is critical to success and living a life of…

How To Get Happy

Below are the top four Neurotransmitters produced by the brain. I like to call them Happiness Neurotransmitters because when you boost the production and release of these chemicals, it gives…

“Stretch-Goals” Create an Itch That Must be Scratched

In 1993 GE decided to upset the apple cart and force everyone within the organization to up their game. They did this by pursuing something Jack Welch called “stretch-goals”. “Stretch-goals”…

One Thing Almost Everyone Procrastinates On

There is one To-Do almost everyone procrastinates on – Confrontational To-Do’s. A Confrontational To-Do is a To-Do that can only be resolved by confronting someone about some problem they caused…

Every Successful Person Has This Habit

Not all habits are created equal. Some habits have more of an impact over your life than others. Some require more effort than others. Some create a sort of domino…

Entrepreneurs Are Extraordinary

Taking the entrepreneurial plunge is a messy process. In the beginning you will encounter nothing but problems, obstacles, mistakes and sometimes failure. In fact, 27% of the entrepreneurs in my…

Successful Entrepreneurs NEVER STOP CLIMBING

After five years of studying self-made millionaire-entrepreneurs, I discovered that there is a common path every successful entrepreneur follows, broken down into a series of steps: Make a Decision to…

Happiness Habits

Did you know that your habits can create happiness or unhappiness? Groundbreaking research done by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California’s Riverside Campus, has shined a light on…

Habits Are Just as Contagious as a Virus

Nicolas Christakis, a Yale University professor and leading researcher on socially contagious behaviors, found that habits are contagious. Here are some of the discoveries he made regarding habits: Habits spread…

We Were All Brainwashed to Fear Failure

As a child, you are indoctrinated by the education system to see failure as a bad thing. Children who get too many failing grades, are even threatened with the prospect…

Big Ego, Big Problem

Ego is the perception one has of themselves. Having a healthy, normal ego means your view of yourself is accurate and realistic. Where ego goes off the tracks, is when…

Beware of Dream Vampires

If you’re pursuing a dream, some people you run into will seem sincere in their desire to help you move forward in realizing your dream. They will tell you that…

Exceptional People Are Like Diamonds – Very Rare

Most people you run into are average. They do what they have to do in order to pay their bills, raise a family and keep their jobs. I’m not criticizing…

Are You Using Only Half of Your Brain?

Have you ever seen pictures or video footage of people who were in “shock” following some type of horrible accident? In most of these pictures/videos, the individuals all look like…

If Procrastination Is So Bad, Why Do So Many Do It?

It’s clear, from numerous studies over the years, that those who make a habit of procrastinating, do not do well in life. Procrastination is action’s evil twin. It is the opposite…

A Negative Outlook Robs You of the Life You Were Intended to Live

One of the #1 traits shared by the self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits study was a positive mental outlook. The average net worth of those millionaires was $4 million.…

Positive Thoughts Create Positive Outcomes

The more you focus on the outcomes, the more certain those outcomes become. This is why it is critical to be in control of your thoughts and emotions. If you…

My Interview with Keisha Bailey

If you’d like to listen/watch my interview with Keisha, click here: https://www.masteryourmoneyseries.com/?utm_source=c&utm_medium=Tom&utm_campaign=infinite

Small is Big – It’s The Little Things That Create Success/Wealth

In the 2016 Kentucky Derby, Nyquist won a very close race and received $1,631,600. The second place winner took home $400,000. In the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament finals Villanova won…

Habits That Prevent Cancer

Cancer is the number two cause of death in the United States. A team at Harvard Medical School conducted a long-term study on the health data of about 140,000 health…

When You Change Your Habits, You Change Your Luck

In my five year study of the habits of the rich and poor, I discovered that luck plays a critical role in determining success or failure. In fact, 87% of…