Boredom is the Norm


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Reading to learn for 30 minutes a day, every day – boring.

Jogging for 30 minutes a day, every day – boring.

Studying important facts, related to your job or profession, every day – boring.

Practicing a skill over and over again, every day – boring.

As you’ve read here many times, motivation is not necessary for success. Passion and motivation gets you started but habits keep you going.

The problem is that most habits are just plain boring. Yes, routine, habits, following proven processes every day are all very boring.

But, that is what it takes to succeed.

The self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits study are cut from the same cloth as everyone else. And, just like everyone else, they are bored most of the time.

But the difference is they power through the boredom. They continue doing what they have to do in order to keep moving forward towards the realization of their dreams and their goals.

So, it’s okay if you’re bored most of the time. It’s just not okay if you stop doing what you need to do, due to boredom.

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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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  1. loved this quote: “Passion and motivation gets you started but habits keep you going” i was using a habit app to keep me regular, maybe i need to go back to that because i’ve fallen off the wagon. i used to read every day, i still do, but not the books i need to. working out, off the wagon. i miss one day and it all goes down hill. i think the visual of the app and checking something off is helpful in maintaining my habits. thanks for the reminder.

  2. Vic Alaban says:

    Zig Ziglar used to preach that you’re not motivated when you start, but when you’re doing it you become motivated. Action, according to him, creates motivation.

    It’s great to know that even “the Tom Corley” is bored with the daily routine. Yehey!

  3. Super important reminder, Tom! It’s so easy to get distracted by the next bright, shiny object and lose focus. I will be keeping a copy of this post on my desk from now on!

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