When You Look in the Mirror, Do You Like What You See?

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When you look in the mirror are you proud of the person you see in that mirror?

One of my old friends, who eventually became a deca-millionaire, told me that it was his mirror that told him he was on the wrong path in life. He said that when he used to look in the mirror, he would see a zombie – someone who was just going through the motions, existing. He hated looking in the mirror.

Eventually, he became so disgusted looking in the mirror that he decided to change what he was doing in life. His major change required that he pursue a dream he had been burying for some time. The pursuit of this dream disrupted his family because it involved risk and sacrifice. But, once he embarked on his dream, the reflection in his mirror changed. He began to see someone of significance. Someone he respected and admired.

The good news is that once he began feeling better about himself, his marriage improved.

The Mirror Test is a simple tool to help you identify if you are on the right path in life. When you are on the right path in life, when you are pursuing something that challenges you every day and fills you with passion, it shows up in the mirror. You begin to like what you see in the mirror.

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. David Bigelow on April 3, 2023 at 9:45 PM

    Please elaborate on the family disruption and how he overcame the disruption. As the story stands, we do not know if he sacrificed his family for his own fulfillment.

    • pwsadmin on April 4, 2023 at 11:21 AM

      Hey David. I’ll update it. It ended well for him. However, there was another millionaire in my study, not referenced in this article, who ended up getting divorced due to the changes he decided to make in order to become successful

  2. Joseph nyaisa on April 4, 2023 at 3:52 AM

    Hey Tom, as David mentions family disruptions are deeper and hindering whatever culture one can be…from my upcoming book I never explored the path of MAN IN THE MIRROW with family patterns but I will like to read more from you