Successful People Are Open to New Ideas, Beliefs and Thinking. Unsuccessful People Are Frozen in Their Thinking

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Most people are not successful because they are frozen by their thinking.

According to a well-known Brown University study on habits by Dr. Pressman, we forge most of our habits, including thinking habits, by the age of nine. Thinking habits include our beliefs, attitudes and prejudices. Since we are primarily under the care of our parents as children, our parents are the font of many of the thinking habits we forge during our childhood. And these thinking habits follow us into our adulthood. 

It’s impossible to become rich and successful without growth. You need to grow into the individual you need to be in order for success to visit you. When you are frozen by your thinking, growth is impossible. Your mind is closed to new ideas, new thinking and contrary beliefs. In order to grow and succeed, you must be open-minded and embrace new information – you must shake off old thoughts, old beliefs, old attitudes and old prejudices in order to grow as an individuals.

Unfortunately, most people do not do that. And because of this, most do not grow and do not acieve much success in life.

Don’t be like most people. Be like the self-made millionaires in my study who embraced new thinking, new ideas and new beliefs. Do not allow yourself to be frozen by your thinking. It will prevent you from growing into the person you need to be in order for success to visit you.

Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”


1 Comment

  1. Bridgette Mayer on January 18, 2024 at 7:14 AM

    Great article! I was reading that a lot of children are pretty well-formed mentally by the age of 6. The things they hear and see from their families become inherent in their own psychology. When I was young, i would hear “money doesn’t grow on trees” and “you must work very hard to make a living”. it took me years to uncover these mental modals to move forward financially. I also heard “you don’t need to learn how to invest in the stock market, your husband will do that” and i realized about two years ago that the reason i never invested in the stock market was because of my dad telling me that and i never analyzed it!!! I was surprised to remember this and took immediate action. Thanks for sharing Tom!