You’re no good to the world poor

I’m working on my next book.  It’s going to be a collection of posts from the first two years of this blog, so I’ve been doing a lot of re-reading of my own work.

One of those posts – “Because self is not a four letter word” – starts with the following:

I recently attended a “bust-thru-your-self-imposed-limits” type seminar.  One nugget I came away with – not news, but the phrasing worked for me – was, “You’re no good to the world poor.”  This is a perspective I’ve held for a long time.

In reading through it, I had a light bulb moment, which I’d like to share with you.  This question came to me:  Do poor (or broke) people have trouble getting out of that condition because they (we) feel that we’re no good to the world?

If so, it’s a Catch 22.  If I’m poor, I’m no good to the world.  And if I’m no good to the world, I must (should) be poor.

There’s no escape hatch from that.  No exit ramp.  No clause that moves you toward changing the situation.  The mindset of the phrase isn’t, “If I’m poor, I’m no good to the world, so I’m doing something about it.”  Instead, it’s a closed, dead-end, no options perspective of one’s place in the world.

There are many reasons why the ranks of the world’s poor keep growing.  I believe this is one of the major causes.  Self image is far easier to maintain and reinforce than to change.

——Tim

 

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