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Seven Daily Habits of Success

Seven Daily Habits of Success

Change your routine, change your life.


In his best-selling book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life, Tom Corley interviewed hundreds of self-made millionaires about their daily habits and compared the answers to 128 individuals with incomes less than $35,000. In his book, Tom defines 7 specific habits that are essential to setting yourself up for success.

1. They read. At least 88 percent of wealthy people in Corley’s research spend thirty minutes or more reading each day. Most of them read self–growth, biographies or history books. But science shows that even reading a good novel helps a person’s career. There are crucial life lessons embedded within other people’s stories, and we can learn a tremendous amount from different perspectives, challenges and ideas. If we are learning, we are growing.

2. They exercise. Seventy-six percent of successful people devote at least a half hour or more to aerobic exercise. They bike, jog or walk and find that working out clears their minds and reduces stress in their lives. If we are pushing our physical limits, we will learn to push the limits in other areas of our lives too.

3. They build positive relationships. Successful people find a way to make connections with other highly motivated people. They volunteer or join groups who share the same professional or personal interests. And across the board, they limit their time with negative people. “You are only as successful as those you frequently associate with,” Corley writes. We become the average of the five people we are around the most.

4. They pursue specific goals. Most wealthy people make detailed plans for every day and even every hour of their day. Eighty percent of them are “obsessed with pursuing goals” and focus regularly on both daily and long-term goals. “I’m here to tell you to avoid putting your ladder on someone else’s wall and then spend the best years of your life climbing it. Find your own wall, your own dreams and your own goals and pursue them,” Corley writes. Without a target, we will miss every time.

5. They sleep well. Einstein slept for at least ten hours every night. Eighty-nine percent of successful people make sure to sleep at least seven or eight hours a night. Sleep is crucial to success; it impacts our creativity, our memory and our moods. If we aren’t awake, we won’t see the many opportunities given to us each day.

6. They develop many strategies and streams of multiple incomes. Sixty-five percent of millionaires had at least three different streams of income before they made their first million dollars. “Self-made millionaires do not rely on one singular source of income, because diversifying sources of income allows you to weather the economic downturns that inevitably occur,” Corley writes. If we only have one way out, we will give up before the door is even closed.

7. They avoid wasting time. Successful people value their time even more than their money. Time is a crucial resource and most people who reach their goals do not spend hours watching Netflix or scrolling through Instagram. “When you see time as the greatest risk of all, it will force you to become more aware of exactly how to invest your time,” Corley writes. If time matters to us then we will make time matter.

These seven habits are not limited to attaining financial success; they can be used to reach many other kinds of goals and even to change our unwanted character traits. Finding a way to live our lives with these seven habits can lead to significant changes in every area of our lives. As Mike Murdock says: “The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”

July 1, 2017

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Visitor Comments: 5

(4) Nancy, July 3, 2017 10:32 AM

To commenter #1 Rachel

I am so sorry you experienced such a nearly fatal illness and I wish you continued refuah. You sound like someone who has worked very hard to get over this challenge. Illness and/or disability is never anyones' fault, and I wish you continued success in every area of your life.

Rachel, July 4, 2017 3:35 PM

Thanks for your support

I am managing ok, Nancy. I just feel a responsibility to speak for others in similar situations. To hear some people talk, you'd think anyone not obviously disfigured is just not trying hard enough, and that's just not true. I'm really happy for those who have tremendous financial success obtained through honest means. And I am even happier to wake up every morning!

(3) Bracha Goetz, July 3, 2017 1:59 AM


(2) Anonymous, July 2, 2017 11:32 PM

Great words


(1) Rachel, July 2, 2017 9:33 PM

Please remember the disabled

While material success is not an unworthy goal, for some of us it's not easily obtainable. Less than a decade after graduation from a top grad school and starting a well paying career, I was knocked out of the workforce by a nearly fatal illness. I do some of the things mentioned in the article but with a personal gross income of about $35k, others are simply not feasible. I worry because there seems to be a narrative today that lack of financial success is ones own fault. And THAT is not a Jewish value

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