Here’s Why Etiquette Matters


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As many of you who follow me know, the self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits Study had forged good etiquette habits, while the poor in my study had poor etiquette habits. Also, in my study, I found that self-made millionaires focused on adding value to the lives of others, while poor people were primarily focused on adding value to their own lives.

These finding were recently validated by a joint twenty-year study by Penn State University and Duke University (Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center), researchers studied the teacher evaluations of 800 students from kindergarten and followed these students into their mid-twenties to see how they were doing in life.

The researchers found that those kindergarteners with good etiquette (helpful to other students and willing to share with other students) were more likely to have graduated college, to be gainfully employed and to not have been arrested than students with lesser prosocial etiquette skills.

Good etiquette and the desire to add value to the lives of others (selflessness) is a shared Rich Habit of millionaires, according to my Rich Habits Study. Poor etiquette and selfishness is a shared Poor Habit of those struggling with poverty, according to this same study.

Success is a process. Poverty is a process. The process you follow is defined by your habits. Good habits are the process self-made millionaires follow. Bad habits are the process poor people follow. If you want to succeed in life, you must forge good habits.

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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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