Many believe that wealthy people are lucky or are born into their wealth but this myth is largely dispelled by research conducted by Thomas Corley. Thomas Corley, CPA, CFP is president of Cerefice and Co. and the author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. Over a five year period, Thomas Corley interviewed 233 millionaires and 128 people living in poverty. Through these interviews he uncovered many daily activities that differentiated the two groups. His research indicates that we have control over our destiny with our daily actions and habits. It’s not always easy, but we can create our own luck by engaging in activities that will lead to greater financial success. Over 85% of American Millionaires are self-made and are the first generation of wealth in their families.
Thomas Corley found that good habits are the foundation of success. He discovered successful people have many good habits interspersed with a few bad habits where unsuccessful people have many bad habits with a few good habits. Below are some of his findings on habits or daily activities practiced by successful people.
Successful people are goal oriented, 95% write down their goals and 81% maintain a To-Do list. They don’t procrastinate and are focused on accomplishing things. They are proactive, take control of their lives, and get things done. They don’t let events or other people control their priorities. Unsuccessful people are not goal oriented and can become easily distracted. They don’t have goals to keep them grounded and focused on the end result.
Successful people eat healthy and exercise, 76% of the wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days per week. They rarely overindulge or binge, if they slip it’s a planned overindulgence on special occasions. Eating well and exercise improves the immune system and energy levels which results in greater productivity. Unsuccessful people have no consistent day to day control over their health.
Successful people place great value on relationships. They are focused on others rather than themselves. They understand the importance of networking and look for reasons to reach out to their contacts. They don’t waste time in negative relationships with people who are only concerned about themselves.
Successful people engage in moderation. They keep their thoughts and emotions in check and avoid obsession, addiction, extravagance, jealousy, envy and fanatical behavior. People enjoy their company and feel comfortable being around them. Unsuccessful people are more likely to live in conflict with little control over their lives.
Successful people are constantly engaged in self-improvement. They watch very little TV and read for self-improvement. They keep up with changes in their profession and devote time every day to better themselves.
Finally, successful people have a positive attitude. They are happy, enthusiastic, confident and well balanced. They feel empowered and take control of their lives rather than allowing outside forces to determine their destiny. Have you taken control of your destiny?