Tom Corley’s book entitled Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals outlines a myriad of traits that distinguish the wealthy from the non-wealthy. Upon reading this piece of literature, it made me ponder how often people go through their daily routines without monitoring their very activities. Indeed, having the ability to determine the status by which you operate in everyday life is an essential trait to success. In this regard, below then is a summary of the many habits that Corley has taken into account. With his 19 suggestions and 2 of my own, my only desire is that after applying these traits, one no longer leaves money on the table.

 1. Setting good daily habits.

One trait that distinguishes a successful individual from an unsuccessful one would be good daily habits. Otherwise stated, it is often true that successful people possess a number of good habits far beyond their bad ones. It is essential to understand that bad habits prevent one from achieving his goals. It is only when one has realized that he has bad habits and changes himself for the better can his circumstances be improved.

2. Making time for relationship building.

Successful individuals do not focus only on themselves. Rather, they place emphasis on other people as well. When it comes to achieving a goal, it is worthwhile to note that the most successful individuals are not those who look daily in the mirror, praising themselves and admiring their worth, but those who take the time to strengthen their bonds to create long-lasting relationships.

3. Taking care of personal health regularly.

Sacrificing valuable hours of sleep or important daily meals do not make you successful. They only make you sickly. A true successful individual eats right, sleeps right and exercises right. He takes care of and grooms himself appropriately.

4. Regularly creating goals.

People who are headed for success are goal driven. They think long term and plan their days ahead. They set daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly goals. What’s more, they create plans to reach their goals. What defines a dreamer from a true success story after all is the ability of the latter to turn a dream into reality.

5. Engaging in self-improvement daily.

Many successful individuals seek to improve themselves every day of their lives. This is because they understand that their profession never ceases to evolve. They read every day and keep themselves updated with important topics. They are students of their profession who seek ways to expand what already is a vast knowledge they possess, for they know in all honesty, that as knowledge grows, opportunities prosper.

6. Rejecting self-limiting thoughts.

Success comes to those with the ability to gaze at situations in a positive light. That is to say, successful people are those who do not dwell on negative notions but engage themselves in self-improvement daily, constantly involving themselves in the rainbow that appears after the rain.

7. Regularly saving money.

Corley states that successful individuals put away 10 to 20 percent of their gross earnings in a savings, investment or retirement plan. How much then are you putting away?

8. Doing things in moderation.

As the saying goes, too much of anything is a bad thing. This means that when you approach work, in order to be successful you have to do so in a balanced, moderate way. Whether it be work, eating, exercise, consuming alcohol, watching television or surfing the Internet, everything has to be done in moderation to achieve good results.

9. Keeping a positive outlook.

To be successful, one must choose to see the good in others and in himself. When you approach a problem as if it is an opportunity waiting to be uncovered, sure enough, your positivity will allow you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

10. Getting things done.

Successful people do not push what can be done today to a later date. They do not procrastinate. They get important things done, no matter the cost. As Corley would put it, the thought of putting off something must be replaced with the thought of doing it now.

11. Talking less and listening more.

As the old adage goes, you have two ears and one mouth so that you listen more and you talk less. With certainty, listening is a wonderful task that one should engage in as it not only allows you to learn but it also gets you to understand the other person more. When you listen, you get to the bottom line, the gist of the story and you become more adept to helping others.

12. Doing more than what is required.

Successful people do not just provide what is asked of them, they go above and beyond the call of duty. Even though it is far beyond your job description, just bear in mind that if it is something you can do, then you must do it.

13. Living within means.

Many of the richest people in the planet aren’t spenders. Much more so, they are quite thrifty.  Successful individuals earn more than they spend. After all, they use their money wisely and do not spend on unnecessary commodities.

14. Reading daily.

Learning should never stop in order for one to become successful and maintain success. As such, it is important to read every day to increase your knowledge and know-how. You might be surprised just how much thirty minutes of daily reading can do for your future.

15. Limiting TV watching.

Rather than lazing around the entire day, think of the many productive activities that you could do when you move around instead of staring at the television screen. This is not to say that watching TV is entirely bad. It just means that it should be limited.

16. Not giving fear the upper hand.

Successful individuals are not fearless. Rather, they are those who do not let their fears limit them nor define them. Only when you overcome your fears can you move forward. Only then can you take a step closer to your goals and dreams.

17. Knowing your why.

Do not engage in an activity for no particular reason at all. There is no sense in chasing a goal with no purpose. That is why, before you do anything, before you start with anything, ask yourself first, why is it that you want to be successful.

18. Not giving up.

When things strike you down like a lightning bolt from the sky, do not let it keep you down. No successful person has ever gone through a life filled with daisies and butterflies. Everybody encounters a bump, a block, a crack along they way. What then separates a winner will be his ability to move forward, to try something new and to persist. In essence, these are then what can separate you from success.You may have to stumble, you may have to turn around and you may even have to change directions, but whatever happens, keep moving forward.

19. Spending time with like-minded ones.

People are only as successful as those they choose to surround themselves with. Remember, good associations can help you achieve your goals more quickly.

20. Finding a mentor.

Many people who have had a mentor have attributed their success to that person. Mentors can help you achieve your goals faster and keep you accountable. They can share valuable experience that can cut your learning time in half.

21. Upgrading skills.

If you want to get ahead, there’s only one way to do it: Become better at something tomorrow than you are today. What’s the one thing you can focus on for the next 30 days that will catapult you to rock-star status in your industry? Focus your attention on that. John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire once defined “FOCUS” like this: Follow one course until successful.


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