A Life of Significance


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When I decided in 2009 to write my first book, Rich Habits, I confess that I entertained visions of grandeur. I thought, fantasized, about selling many books and becoming rich, like so many of the millionaires I studied.

That desire to become rich lit the fire and provided the initial motivation I needed.

Since then, I’ve written and sold many books. The money’s nice but it’s no longer the reason I keep at it.

I learned something along the way. My desire to help others lift themselves up, to achieve great things in their lives, is now my driving force.

Not a day goes by where I don’t receive emails or social media messages from readers thanking me for my work. I even got a Linkedin message from a woman who wanted to thank me for helping her save her child from life threatening brain cancer.

While riches may be one of the reasons you decide to pursue a dream, there is usually a deeper, more meaningful reason, hidden beneath all of the piles of imaginary dollars.


When you find your calling or main purpose in life, both lead to the same place – a feeling of significance.

Significance is the ultimate reward for pursuing a dream. Not money.

When you live a life of significance, you are doing much more than making money. You are helping others by adding value to their lives in some way. When your short existence on this planet leaves a positive imprint on the lives of others, your life has significance.

If a dream is a rainbow, at the end of that rainbow is a life of significance. That’s the real pot of gold that’s waiting for you. And the feeling that your life has significance, is the feeling we call happiness.

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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. Thank you Thomas C Corley for your insights about significance.

    I am not making much money yet in my business but my work is satisfying the significance itch. Today you reminded me I am happy.

    I have improved the lives of many people through professional speaking, books I have published and guidelines for treatment I have been a patient co-author of.

    I love my work. I am creating a course for people in addiction and mental health recovery to bring them fun, light, creativity and hope.
    I am happy. My work and life are significant. This furthers my growth by adding words to why I am Being Mentally Healthy (inspite of a mental illness).

    Love you mind!!!

  2. You’ve been a huge gift to many tens of thousands of people in providing quantitative analysis and commentary on the things that correlate to success in life. I’d say that is indeed significant! I think in a very real and perhaps ironic way you yourself are one of the best examples of what your data shows so clearly. The fact that you enjoy what you do because of the value you provide is a great example to others who are seeking a meaningful life.

  3. Lisa Schreiber says:

    Beautiful message, Tom! I couldn’t agree more. Thank you!

  4. True.
    If a but more of us would do a bit better in this world, not just their necessities, the world would be better. The world is driven by money and power but not by sharing, helping, compassion, respect and many others. The money are not important. Anyway in the afterlife we don’t get anything.
    I would want to have a meaningful life.

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