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On October 18, 2000 Thomas Labrecque died at age 62. I knew Mr. Labrecque, so I was very sad at his passing.

His obituary highlighted only some of his accomplishments in life. Here’s a sampling:

  • US Navy Veteran where he served on a destroyer at Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis and where he headed a section responsible for deploying ships in the blockade off Cuba
  • Graduate of Villanova
  • American University Graduate School
  • New York University Graduate School
  • Chase Management Trainee Program
  • Member of Chase Management Committee at just age 38, ten years younger than any previous member
  • President and CEO of Chase
  • Chairman of Chase’s International Advisory Council
  • Board of Trustees at the University of Notre Dame
  • Trustee of the Hospital for Special Surgery

There was much more, but I think you get the point.

Mr. Labrecque’s life was a masterpiece.

After reading Mr. Labrecque’s obituary, I remember thinking, “what the hell do I have to show for my life?

That question haunted me until 2004, which is when I began my Rich Habits Study.

That dream, to understand why some people are rich and some people struggle with poverty, pushed me in directions that completely changed the course of my life, and the portrait of my life.

And every day, thanks to my relentless pursuit of that dream, I am adding vibrant new colors to my portrait.

If I were to die today, I would be proud of my obituary.

If you were to write your obituary today, what would it say?

Would it make you proud?

Would a reader marvel at your accomplishments?

Would it be an exclamation point at the end of an amazing life?

We all have the same amount of time. We paint our life’s portrait by how we spend that time.

When your time is running out, the last thing you want to feel is regret – regret for not doing more with your life, for not utilizing your full potential.

Start painting your masterpiece today. Take that first step towards your new, amazing life. Take action on your dreams and your goals.

The pursuit and realization of dreams and goals are what transforms ordinary portraits into masterpieces.

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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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