Catastrophes Reveal Your Inner Greatness


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Thirty-four percent of the self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits Study failed at least once in business or their careers. That’s a huge number. And a revealing statistic.

Failing in life, it seems, unleashed something deep inside these future millionaires that forced enormous change which eventually propelled them to great achievement.

Catastrophic life events have a dramatic impact on the trajectory of our lives. Adversity is the crucible that reveals our inner true character.

Researchers at Oregon State University studied 50 older adults aged 56 – 91, all of whom had experienced a catastrophic event in their lives. According to Carolyn Aldwin, the director of study, difficult times became a catalyst for massive change in the lives of the participants of the study. And this massive change forever changed the path or trajectory of their lives.

In my Rich Habits research, I discovered that old habits die hard. However, my research also revealed something else; something unexpected and amazing.

In the aftermath of some catastrophic life event, such as a job loss, death of a loved one, battling cancer or outright failure, old habits fall like a house of cards, replaced by new, improved habits which lead to massive positive change.

These catastrophic life events help usher in massive habit change that can lead you down the path towards success and enormous wealth accumulation.

There are many out there who are battling with some life event that has taken the legs out from underneath them. You are not alone.

There is a great reservoir of strength deep inside each one of us. While in the grips of catastrophe, we do not see it, we do not feel it, but it is there nonetheless.

When the time is right your inner strength will be revealed and will usher in massive change that will forever transform your life for the better. This low point in your life is actually the catalyst for what will become your new amazing life. Stay strong and never surrender to life. Never ever quit on yourself. You are greater than you ever imagined yourself to be.

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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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  2. Thanks Sir for the encouraging words. They are much needed.

  3. hi I so enjoy the deep wisdom in your articles thank you

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