So recently I just got hit by the fact that all the success and career advice we have been handing out on this blog seem to be falling on deaf ears. Not to say we do not have a wonderful audience, we do! But I just realized that most people actually have relevant information but they never really act on it and that right there is what makes the difference between the rich and the poor.
We are all privileged to have the knowledge we need on how to succeed at our finger tips but they do not bring out results unless we’re actually committed to acting on them. I had to write this piece because it’s just so clear why we have more and more people settling down for the available jobs rather than reaching out for their dreams. In one simple sentence; they just do not have a mind of their own.
Friedrich Nietzsche says the snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be minds. The poor find it difficult to think outside what they are told. To them life has defining lines and only what they can see, feel and touch are real. There is no innovation and no vision. When a human being who has an ability to think decides to wait until he is thought for and fed with the opinion of others, the mind ceases to exist and that in turn means the chances of survival in such a competitive world is nil.
The poor wait for the success of another so they can identify with it then the completely forget about their own success. A certain guy from my state won a reality show competition called Big Brother and the events that followed were really shocking to me. Don’t get me wrong I get excited when a person succeeds. Hell I once shed tears just watching the next super model on TV and that had absolutely nothing to do with me. I was just happy hard work was rewarded.
I remember being in front of my TV screen just to hear the results and when the winner was announced I screamed and felt really good but that was it. I moved on with my life because let’s face it, it’s his money and not mine. I wasn’t going to see or be able to spend a dime from it.
I have people around me who celebrated his birthday with drinks worth lots of money from their own savings account even before he won the competition. They went on to drink and merry for days after he was announced winner till he left the house. Some of these are people that may never meet him or benefit anything from him. That is just a tragedy if you ask me.
The mind of the poor is so vague that all it is ever concerned about is identifying with successful people hoping that maybe somehow they will get help from them or the gene of success will miraculously rub off on them. But that’s never the case, is it?
You just have to believe that you also have it takes to be successful like that person. Except you have gotten to that point, there is actually nothing worth celebrating. The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations. Live and think poor and you will always be okay with life.
The real question here however is if poverty is a thing of the mind, then how poor is your mind?