The Discontented


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Do you often feel as if you are in a constant state of dissatisfaction, not content with your life?

If the answer is yes, you are in good company.

In my Rich Habits study, there were essentially three groups of self-made millionaires:

SAVERS – Individuals who saved and invested their way to wealth.

PUBLIC COMPANY EXECUTIVES – Individuals who worked for publicly-held companies and became senior executives.

ENTREPRENEURS – Individuals who pursued a dream.

Those entrepreneurs who pursued a dream accumulated, by far, the most wealth ($7.4 million vs. $3.4 million and $3.6 million) and in the shortest period of time (12 years vs. 32 years and 25 years).

This last group, the Entrepreneurs, all shared one common trait that separated them from the Savers and the Public Company Executives – they all had a profound sense of discontent.

This discontent drove them to separate from the herd. It pushed them to pursue dreams and goals that were bold and daring.

Through a process of trial and error, these Entrepreneurs experimented until they found their destiny, their fate. Then, they spent the rest of their adult lives tenaciously pursuing their dreams and their goals, until they became experts, leaders in their niche or field.

Discontent is not a deficiency. In fact, I now believe that discontent is a key driver to success. It pushes you to do what most are unwilling to do – pursue your dream.

Embrace your discontent. It is life’s scratch. A scratch imprinted on a select few. A scratch that can only be itched by pursuing a life dream.

Don’t fight discontent. Embrace it. Somewhere, within that discontent, resides your calling in life.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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