A Particular Type of Habit That Will Keep You From Getting Rich

I spent five years studying the daily habits of hundreds of rich people. In my bestselling books, “Rich Habits” and “Change Your Habits, Change Your Life,” I shared some of the important findings from that study.

During my research, I learned that the self-made rich adopted specific habits that enabled them to achieve their dreams and their goals. This included things such as:

  • Experimentation: Trying new things in order to uncover an innate talent or passion.
  • Reading: 30 minutes or more every day for self-education.
  • Building rich relationships: Forming connections with the right people — other future millionaires.
  • Goal-setting: Pursuing goals that are stepping stones to your dreams.
  • Taking calculated risks: Not being afraid to take the type of risk that requires you to do your homework before investing your money.

There are many others (over 300!) but I think you get the idea — the rich are habit-driven.

My research also led to another proprietary discovery. Those who were not rich also had habits. However, many of those habits were “do-nothing habits”:

  • Not reading to learn is a habit.
  • Not exercising every day is a habit.
  • Not eating healthy is a habit.
  • Not pursuing your dreams is a habit.
  • Not creating and pursuing goals is a habit.
  • Not returning phone calls immediately is a habit.
  • Not waking up early to pursue self-improvement is a habit.
  • Not saving money is a habit.
  • Not prudently investing your savings is a habit.
  • Not being frugal is a habit.
  • Not doing more than you are paid is a habit.
  • Not avoiding time wasters is a habit.
  • Not doing what needs to be done (procrastinating) is a habit.
  • Not networking with other success-minded people is a habit.
  • Not making happy birthday calls is a habit.
  • Not making life event calls is a habit.
  • Not taking personal responsibility for your life is a habit.
  • Not volunteering for a worthwhile charity is a habit.
  • Not being charitable with your money is a habit.

Many people have do-nothing habits. As a result, many people struggle in life. Some struggle financially, some struggle with poor health, and some struggle with their relationships.

Do-nothing habits are like a mirror: They reflect back the life you have chosen for yourself through inaction. Oftentimes, it’s not what you do that determines the circumstances of your life — it’s what you choose not to do.





This article was written by Thomas C. Corley, a speaker and award-winning author of two best-selling books: “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals,” and “Rich Kids: How To Raise Our Kids To Be Happy And Successful In Life.” 

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