“The reason people are permanently poor in the Unites States is not because they don’t have money, it’s because they suck with money.” -Ben Shapiro
Before we begin, notice how the word “poor” is in quotations in the title of this article.
That’s because using the term “poor” is severely misleading.
Being “poor” has very little do with circumstance…and has everything to do with behavioral choices.
Behavioral choices that each and every single person is free to make and engage in at any moment.
Most people who are “poor” make certain sets of behavioral choices that preclude them from ever experiencing “rich”.
This is not a gross, ignorant, conservative/right wing generalization; this is the reality for everybody, whether you’re on the left or the right (hopefully you’re neither).
I was there (“poor”), I’ve been there (lost a car, apartment, and girlfriend all at once in 2012), done that, and overcome that (embraced entrepreneurship, run several businesses and forms of assets)..
Today I’m going to explain the subtle difference between being genuinely screwed due to circumstance (this never actually happens, btw), and needing to correct your perceptions a bit on what constitutes “being poor”.
Ready for some Red Pill Reality? Here we go.
“Poor” People = Behavioral Inefficiency
Like Mr. Shapiro said above, people are usually “poor” because of patterns of decision.
These patterns of decision and behavior can’t be altered at any moment, with or without money.
The money is irrelevant.
All of those self-help gurus telling you that you don’t need money to get started with living?
Guess what? They’re 100% correct.
While they’re wrong about a lot, they’re dead on in regards to not needing money to start changing your relationship to money.
The key there is changing your relationship to money.
Your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings about money.
That’s where it all begins (and ends) – in your mind (your subconscious mind, more importantly).
Everyone complains about money.
Very few people are skeptical of, question, and/or reexamine their present beliefs about money, however.
There Are Two Groups of People…
The first group will insist everything in life is random chance, and wealth is pure luck due to exploitation.
The second group will realize that everything in life is a choice – no matter how much or how little control over things we ultimately do have (in the universal sense).
The first group will experience nothing but opportunity blindness due to unquestioned social programming and assumptions about money.
The second group usually breaks through that glass ceiling, and realizes they already have all the tools needed to create personal wealth and security.
One of the biggest realizations you’ll experience on your journey to personal wealth, is the difference between being a consumer (what everyone is conditioned to behave as), and being a producer (the people who provide the value for consumers to consume).
“Poor” people are usually locked into the assumption that the consumer group is all that exists.
When you operate from this point of perception/belief/assumption, your behavior is greatly skewed toward scarcity.
You view everything as competition – from getting the job, to getting the interview, to just getting a damn parking spot in the lot.
Everything is a a struggle – primarily a subconscious one.
Consumer/scarcity mentality is founded on two abstract assertions: GETTING and NOT ENOUGH TO GO AROUND.
Sit on those words and ideas for a few and let the hilarity of the cluster-f*ck that is that belief loop sink in.
People in this group are obsessed with GETTING THINGS (more money, food, shelter, electronics, item/service X, Y, Z…) while simultaneously operating under the belief that there’s never enough of what they want to go around.
This creates a behavior feedback loop that has people living off credit, welfare, and other financial subsidies that are completely unnecessary should the person correct their thinking and understanding of what’s going on here.
GETTING combined with NOT ENOUGH TO GO AROUND are two insanely toxic, self-limiting beliefs that infect behavior on more levels than people are consciously aware of.
This is why understanding how your subconscious mind works is so goddamn vital to making it out of the rat race/maze/Matrix Control System.
Before we go over the actionable strategies on working your way out of the belief quagmire that is all of the above, let’s compare and contrast this with the opposing position – that of wealth.
Producer/abundance mentality is founded on two very different abstract assertions: GIVING and PLENTY FOR EVERYBODY.
Notice how right off the bat, these are the polar opposite beliefs/assertions/assumptions as the first group.
Consequently, the behavior that comes as a result will showcase opposing results.
Namely, wealth and abundance instead of poverty and scarcity.
By now you’re probably thinking “How the hell do we actually know it’s just mentality and not a contribution of external factors coalescing into madness and sucking a person down in life, due to unfair BS completely outside of their control?!”
The answer: we know it’s all psychological, because people succumb to the above all the time – and still come out the other side stronger and wealthier than before.
It happens all the damn time.
The media loves to overplay poverty because it keeps people consuming, and thus behaving in ways that benefit the corporations, institutions, and special interest groups that actually run this country (USA speaking).
You can laugh and scream “conspiracy nut” all you want; the reality is that money is power, and there are a lot of people with more money and more power in more control of details of civilian life than you’d care to believe.
This article series isn’t about that, though. This is about how to transition from group one (GETTING/NOT ENOUGH TO GO AROUND) into group two (GIVING/PLENTY FOR EVERYBODY).
Stay tuned for Part 2, where we’ll discuss just that.