Successful Entrepreneurs Often Feel Lazy


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One of the interesting things I learned from studying self-made millionaires was that many of them felt that they were not working hard enough. I found this ironic since 65% of them had a minimum of three revenue streams they were managing.

“So why, Mr. or Mrs. Self-made Millionaire do you think you’re lazy?” I asked.

“I love what I do and it just doesn’t feel like work,” was the most common response.

That resonated with me.

For much of my adult life I’ve worked as a CPA and CFP. And it felt like work.

However, when I embarked on writing my first of many books, Rich Habits, I really enjoyed it and it didn’t feel like work at all. In fact, no matter how many hours I devoted to my writing, which was significant, I couldn’t get over the feeling that I was not working.

And because my love for writing felt like play and not work, I felt guilty when I was writing. I felt guilty that I was not “working”.

Thanks to my research, I finally understand why and no longer feel guilty.

When you love what you’re doing, I mean really love what you’re doing, it does not feel like work. But, it is work, because you are still producing.

I learned from my research that the fastest way to accumulate the most money isn’t through hard work. It’s doing what you love.

When you do what you love, you will devote more hours to it, become more expert at it and if that expertise is in demand, you will make more money than competitors who lack your passion and expertise.

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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. I have read this same advice from other successful people. The thing that makes yours a little different is you include the words ” if it is in demand you will make more money” . That is the key. To love doing something that doesn’t make any money isn’t going to get you anywhere. Good job Tom!

  2. Good one, Tom! And agreed with comment above by John.

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