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Why Am I Poor? – Wisdom Wednesday #38

“Why am I poor?”

You’ve been lied to. I’m sorry to break this news to you.

Don’t shoot the messenger, right?


But I know that half of you who read this will hate me for it. I’m fine with that.

It’s easier to hate the truth than accept it. It’s easier to hate others than accept responsibility.

The truth is, you’ve been lied to all your life. The lies you’ve been told have been both subliminal and direct.

It’s the reason why you’re poor. And you’ll stay poor, unless you do something about it.

Poor Lie #1

The first lie is that you must be lucky to be rich.

You have to win the lottery, the genes lottery, the Hollywood lottery, to be rich.

No wonder you’ve given up already.

Poor Lie #2

But it doesn’t stop there. You’ve been told not to think about money. Don’t talk about it. Don’t plan about it. Don’t you dare share about it.

No wonder you aren’t getting ahead.

Poor Lie #3

What about the college lie? Just get good grades, borrow as much as you want, we’ll take care of you.

The system will take care of you. Just be a good citizen, and the money will take care of itself. You’ve been told this lie, haven’t you?

No wonder you are poor.

You Might Be Surprised to Know…

You probably didn’t know that even “rich” people are poor. College grads, doctors, lawyers.

Sure they are spending a lot of money, but did you know most of them are net worth poor? That if they lost their jobs tomorrow, they’d be screwed like the rest of us? One page of The Millionaire Next Door reveals that one right away.

But I’m not talking to those poor “rich” people right now. They can read the book for themselves.

I want to help the real poor. The “I’ll always be poor” poor.

We have a culture that wants you to be poor. It’s rigged for you to be poor.

Before you start whining about it, realize that it also wants you to be fat, unhappy, and defenseless.

They teach you some important things in school. Math, writing, reading, science, history.

But they never teach you about money. They don’t teach you how to keep money, and make more of it.

You Can Do This

You can make money work for you. You don’t need to be a rich guy to do it.

Money is the only thing that never sleeps. It can keep working when you no longer can.

That’s why the rich stay rich. Because they make money work for them.

But just because you aren’t “rich” doesn’t mean you have to be poor.

You are poor because you’ve been lied to. You can change things.

What people don’t realize… Is that you have to learn how not to be poor.

When you are fat what is the reason? You either don’t know how to work out or you’re too lazy to work out. Or both.

You won’t stop being poor by doing nothing. Just like you won’t stop being fat by doing nothing.

If you are poor, then what you have been doing hasn’t been working.

It’s time for change. 

What they should have told you: You need to learn about money.

Read about it. Learn about it. Make it a priority.

Measure it. Improve it. Win with it.

Just like there are experts in medicine, there are experts with money.

  • Dave Ramsey and his free podcast have helped countless people out of poverty.
  • Robert Kiyosaki has jump started thousands of people on the path to wealth with his bestselling Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
  • Warren Buffet is the world’s most successful investor, and even his strategy is publicly available in The Intelligent Investor.

Your excuses are pathetic. They only keep you poor.

You have endless resources and unlimited possibilities to become rich.

Wealth is accessible like never before. It’s only kept by those who actively seek it.

I’m not a particularly rich guy. I’m not extremely old and wise either.

But I know I will never be poor.

Every single day I am working towards increasing my net worth.

I constantly learn about money, and share about it here on the blog.

If I’ve learned anything, it’s that being poor is a mindset. You can choose to let life knock you down and keep you poor.

Or you can look at your misfortune as temporary, and break through it.

The only true people who stay poor are those who think poor.

Start reading books about money. Can’t afford it? Stop buying things you don’t need.

Need a new pair of jeans to survive? Doubt it. Need the new iPhone or iPad? Not a chance. Need to see the latest movie in the theaters? I think you’ll survive.

Sacrificing just a little now can set you on a path past poverty.

I believe in you. You can stop being poor today.

Or you can ignore me, and stay poor. It’s ok, you’ll only have yourself to blame.

**Why Am I Poor – Wisdom Wednesday #38**
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when to sell 1When you stop looking for handouts and start looking for knowledge..

You’ll be shocked at how many blessings can come your way.

It’s happened to me and it can happen for you too.

I hope I’ve provided you with valuable information.

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My content may have fired you up, and even pissed you off a little. This would be a good thing. An excellent fitness trainer is good at doing both. It works and it works with money too.

I’ll leave you with that thought. Peace.

  • Drew

    Inspiring piece!

  • Ismail S.

    Best article ever I have read! Really eye opening writing!
    Thanks a lot Andrew for mentioning all these in detail orientated way.