How Reading can make you “Richer and Successful” in Your Midlife Challenges

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How Reading can make you “Richer and Successful” in Your Midlife Challenges

By: Terry Burgess, Founder and Men’s Midlife Coach, Upward MC



Tom Corley, the author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals” finds that “rich people” those with an annual income of $150,000 are more like to read for self-improvement then for entertainment.

He gives us the following statistics to prove his point.

  • 11% of rich people read for entertainment, versus 79% of poor individuals.
  • 85% of rich people read 2 or more educational, self-improvement books per month, whereas only 15% of poor read the same amount.
  • 94% of rich people read news publications (newspapers, blog, and magazines) compared to 11% of poor individuals.

These statistics show that rich people are dedicated and voracious readers who are focused on success and daily improvement.  They are more likely to be individuals who gained their knowledge and education through the school of hard knocks and by self-education.

However, I do not believe in the worldly materialistic mantra that monetary riches are needed to be successful and happy.  I shared that view through my early adulthood.  I learned through my midlife challenges and life renovation a new definition of success and happiness.   This new definition is based upon my serving others to bring them to success.  I find if I serve others I am truly happy. I have found that I am richer in many other ways than money ever gave me.

What I found most interesting in this change of definition was the bounty I was receiving from my Lord.  I have found that my provisions and needs have been met but I also have received a complete feeling of accomplishment. It was a feeling of finding my true mission in life.

My journey through my midlife challenges did not really begin to by successful until I began reading.  You can do this either by picking up a physical book, e-book, or listening to an audiobook will help create waves of success in your mind which will transition to your life.   You only get out of your life, what you put into your life and mind.   Therefore, it is critical to fill you mind with positive and nurturing content on a regular basis.

I shared these three books in an earlier blog. However, they are the key three books which I find no matter how many times you read them, you will always find a new nugget of goodness to help you succeed.  These are also the first three books I re-read in 2012 as I began to deal with my midlife challenges.

Book 1 – “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

Book 2 – “How to Win Friends and Influence Others” by Dale Carnegie

Book 3 – “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale

I hope that you take the time to read or reread the above 3 books. I am sure you will be thankful and more prepared for success than if you did not read them. Who knows, maybe if you never had a daily reading regiment you may find that it was what the doctor ordered to help you become the true person you were meant to be in life.  It can take you places you never imagined were possible.


If you are needing some help or discernment on where to go next in your midlife journey; please feel free to contact me for a complimentary 1-hour coaching introduction.  I can help you develop a simple starting point plan to help you get on the road from your “midlife crisis” to your “midlife rediscovery and redesign” for your life.  You can visit to schedule you complimentary coaching hour!

Terry is a Personal Leadership and Midlife Coach for Men with Upward MC in Benton, Kentucky.  He can be contacted via e-mail at  or by phone at 270-493-0967. His website can be found at


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