That words and thoughts become fle(ca)sh. You ‘re not “poor” due to your skinny bank account. Sometimes your circumstance, place of birth, sociopolitical situation, chance or a crushing life event might lock you into “poor” but long-term poverty is state of mind.
Having a trust fund, some family money to fall back on, secure paycheck each month, a rich spouse or an auntie leaving you some cash is nice. It can take the edge of the fear of failure and lower what’s at stake for you. But failure is the path. We fail our way to success one screw up at a time, learn from it, and return better. We find better information, mentors, help, people, bridging the knowledge gap as we go along. If you’re looking for a model, choose to think like an entrepreneur. Don’t work for money but for value. Money may be scarce as you start, but it will grow as value does. You may have to fight for every single little break but you’re well able to grow so fight. If you’re only working for a paycheck and get payed for showing up alone you’ll forever be stuck in a mindset of an employee – a vacuum of narrow specialization with no real responsibility, not paying attention and only doing as you’re told. Find purposes that you’d be glad to work towards even without a paycheck and where your opinion is valid and skills challenged no matter what your role in the collective is. You may not have the luxury to do this right now but the path is long an opportunities all around.
“Poor” is in the words and the language we use. A false relationship to money is passed down through generations, be it resenting those who have it, not being able to keep it and multiply it, believing it is out of your reach, putting boundaries around what we deserve or not, idolizing or demonizing it… and so it goes on, this lifelong lecture on money without mentioning value. The forever “poor” speak it into being, beating abundance away from themselves by playing the role of a poor, saying “I can’t afford this, I can’t do this, I don’t have the money, time, knowledge, infrastructure, support…” and their words become self-fulfilling prophecies because we assume the roles of the characters we’ve build ourselves to be in our head and we start acting poor closing the loop. Every statement is narrowing of our world and every question is a new opening. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating stale noodles from a can, reusing teabags in assisted housing or negotiating a multimillion dollar business deal with Tokyo from your waterfront villa. Stop making statements and ask (better) questions – How can I afford that? Is this what I want? Why do I want it? What do I need to learn or acquire to make this happen? Who do I need on my side? What are the things I still don’t know? How could this be carried out to bring the most benefit to my customers, community and myself? What do I need to change? What are my limitations? Whose expertise do I need? Who do I need to become?…
You may be where you wanted to be, may have made a fortune and lost it, you may not even want a fortune, you may have gotten it and found out you don’t want it then, you may be searching for a break or have just begun figuring out where you want to or don’t want to go. The rule for private and professional is the same, it’s the rule of a well lived life – Do the best you can, and when you can do better, do better. Prizes don’t always come as dollar signs, and poverty does not mean a lack of money.