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Control Your Inner Demons or Face a Life of Poverty and Misery

The famous story of the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll and the demonic Mr. Hyde ends with the death of both. Mr. Hyde became Dr. Jekyll’s undoing at the end. There are…

How to Boost Happiness

There are many things that create that feeling we call unhappiness. The unhappiness list is a very long one: illness, death, job loss, financial problems, heartache, conflict, envy, hate and…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #19 Process Perfectionists

Behind every Leadership success story are Proven Processes. All Successful Leaders follow a proven process, a process that, through experimentation, consistently works. While organizational dreams, and the goals behind those…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #18 Mentors of Future Leaders

Successful Leaders are great mentors. They believe it is part of their mission, as a great leader, to mentor future leaders. They are passionate and relentless about mentoring employees within…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #17 Embrace Change

“The Only Constant in Life Is Change.”- Heraclitus Successful Leaders are Visionaries. They are able to see changes that will occur five, ten or twenty years into the future. But…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #16 Seeing What is Invisible to Everyone Else

A common trait among Successful Leaders is that they see things that were invisible to everyone else. They see potential problems down the road that could interfere with the pursuit…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #15 Calm Under Pressure

“Calmness, not skill, is the sign of a matured Samurai.” – Tsukahara Bokuden Successful Leaders are masters of their emotions. You don’t see Successful Leaders celebrating excessively when they are…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #14 Outlier Mindset

Elon Musk literally had zero knowledge or experience in two industries he poured $180 million into – Space X and Tesla. The aerospace industry experts laughed and ridiculed Musk, as…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #13 Effective Communicators

When you are running a business or overseeing people, it’s easy to fall into the trap of talking AT people. Talking AT people is what many mediocre business Leaders do.…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #12 Master the Fundamentals

When things go wrong in any organization or any plan, it is very often due to ignoring the fundamentals. This is why Successful Leaders so often focused/obsessed with the fundamentals.…

The War Against Freedom

Wealth is a byproduct of success. It is the carrot at the end of the stick. Take away that carrot and you remove the desire to pursue success. Socialism not…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #11 Courageous

“Every human being is born with two wolves inside their body. One wolf, the bad wolf, is a dark, negative, angry wolf, filled with fear. The other wolf, the good…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait # 10 Persistence

“Luck visits the Persistent.” What is Persistence? Persistence means never quitting on your dream. Because Successful Leaders have a very clear vision of their destination, they will pursue their dreams…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #9 Clear Vision

Successful Leaders have a detailed, well thought-out plan for the future of the company they work for and because of that clear vision, they are able to get their management…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #8 Anticipation

Successful Leaders are long-term thinkers. Because they have a Clear Vision of the destination of their company, another Trait of Successful Leaders, they are able to anticipate future problems, future…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #7 Positive Mental Outlook

A Positive Mental Outlook was a common trait shared by many of the Successful Leaders in my Rich Habits Study. Why is having a Positive Mental Outlook so important to…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #6 Visibility

When the CEO of a company I worked for was in corporate headquarters, he had a habit of walking around the office every day. He did this once in the…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #5 – Productive Habits

The Successful Leaders in my rich Habits Study forged what I call Productive Habits, These were habits that were tied to their Goals and Dreams. In an effort to transform…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #4 Laser Focus

Laser Focus is the ability to concentrate for long hours at a time. It is also the ability to quickly pivot and shift to other pressing matters, deploying that same…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #3 Warrior Work Ethic

The Successful Leaders in my Rich Habits Study worked an average of 11 hours longer per week than the average employee. Such leaders have what I like to call a…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders. Trait #2 Building Strong Relationships With Influencers

One of the common traits among the Successful Leaders in my Rich Habits Study was their obsession with building relationships with Influencers. These could be other senior executives within their…

What is the Optimal Amount of Wealth?

One of the fascinating things I learned from my Rich Habits research is that there is an optimal amount of money/wealth. If you have too little money or too much…

Leadership Series: Common Traits of Successful Leaders – Trait #1 Intelligence

Twenty-four percent of the Self-Made Millionaires in my Rich Habits Study were high-level senior executives in large multi-national companies. In other words, they were Leaders at the companies they worked…

Survive Until You Thrive. Crucible Moments Will Make or Break You

We are defined, not by our success, but by our ability to overcome adversity, in the pursuit of success. A crucible is, by definition, some harrowing adversity that can leave…

Employees Can Become Multi-Millionaires

When most people think about self-made millionaires they imagine some entrepreneur working around the clock, passionately toiling away in the pursuit of greatness. Yet, 39% of the self-made millionaires in…

Humility is a Hallmark of The Successful. Here’s Why

Humility is a hallmark of self-made, successful people. The reason for this is that successful, self-made millionaires are made humble during their journey towards success. They become humble because they…

10 Hard Truths About Poverty

I spent five years studying the poor. In those five years I asked 361 rich and poor people 144 questions each. That’s 51,984 questions. I wanted to find out what…

Why Do So Many Entrepreneurs Fail?

In my rich Habits Study, 51% of the self-made millionaires were entrepreneurs, meaning they made their wealth starting and running their own companies. Thanks to my Study, I not only…

What’s Your Dream List?

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”– Douglas H.…

Don’t Waste Your Time on Exploiters

One of the common Rich Habits among the successful people in my Rich Habits Study was the habit of being responsive. Being responsive means not ignoring those who matter to…

Passion Gives You Grit

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs Nick Woodman is the CEO and founder of GoPro…

Life Event Calls Are the Most Powerful Phone Calls You Can Make

One of the strategies the wealthy use to build long-lasting, valuable relationships is something I like to refer to as the Life Event Call. These calls are made to clients,…

Not Every Thought Needs to Come Out of Your Mouth

My Aunt Peg was one of my early mentors in life. She always said what’s on her mind and bragged about it. As a kid, I loved it. I loved…

Brain Fog is Your Enemy

When your brain is foggy, you cannot think clearly, you make poor decisions, your memory suffers and things slip through the cracks that can damage your career and ability to…

You Only Need to be a Little Bit Better than the Competition

Those with a slight edge own the world. As I discovered from my Rich Habits research, those who possess some slight edge, some unique niche they’ve cultivated over many years,…

Who Will You be Six Months From Now?

No matter what you do, time marches on. It is the one constant in life. In six months you will be six months older. During those six months, what will…

Ego is Evil

It’s one thing to know what to do, but it’s a completely different thing to know what to do and to actually do it. That’s why having good success habits…

Do You Invest Your Time or Spend It?

Do you read in the bathroom? I do. In fact, I have a book in several rooms in the house. I put the books there as a trigger to read…

Don’t Be a Video Addict

When TV went Main Street USA in the mid-1960’s, millions of families changed their daily routine. Instead of reading or chatting it up with family, friends and neighbors, almost overnight,…

Talk TO People Not AT People

Good communication is just another tool in the tool belt of self-made millionaires. At some point, they figured out how to best communicate with others. The best communication is effective…

Decisions Made in a Position of Strength Are Always the Best Long-Term Decisions

When you are in a position of weakness, you almost always make bad decisions. Your decisions are need-based, driven by fear, doubt and necessity. As a result, you give ground…

Fitting In Only Leads to Mediocrity

“You can change the world or you can worry about fitting in, but you can’t do both.” – Robin Sharma There is nothing special to be gained by fitting in. Those…

Dream Habits Transform Dreams Into Reality

Pursuing your own dream is, according to my Rich Habits research, the fastest way to accumulate wealth. It also creates the greatest amount of wealth. But you need to develop Dream…

Self-Awareness Makes Change Possible

You cannot change without first recognizing the need to change. Awareness, therefore, is the precursor to change. It sets the table for change to occur. And only through constructive change,…

Seeds of Success

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb Almost every one of the self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits…

Survive Until You Thrive

Good Luck has an affinity for survivors and Bad Luck has an enmity for quitters. After researching the stories and backgrounds of the 177 self-made millionaires in my rich Habits…

Goals Are the Transportation System to Your Dreams

People with vision are called visionaries. They’re looked up to and admired. But the real winners in life are visionaries who take action on their vision. Real visionaries relentlessly pursue…

Luck Visits the Persistent

There are no guarantees of success when you pursue a dream. It’s really hard to turn a dream into reality. Ask any entrepreneur who’s tried and failed or tried and…

Abraham Lincoln’s Rule of 3

Habits are amazing things. Once formed, they become automatic, subconscious behaviors that require zero willpower. You don’t need to motivate yourself or pump yourself up to engage in a habit.…

8 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

If you were to ask most people what the definition of an entrepreneur is, the majority would probably say someone who is not afraid to take risks. The actual definition…