Why Poor People Suck
Oh good lord, here comes a hate speech filled tirade. Now we’re attacking poor people? More on that in a moment.
In this post, I am going to unlock the world to you if it hasn’t been done yet. I am going to give you the tools that can either change your world or destroy it. Either way, something crazy will happen and how you process the information will be up to you.
Have any of you ever heard of Steve Wynn? The guy is the CEO of Wynn Resorts. Wynn Resorts has a casino (soon to be 2 this year) and the strategy for the organization is to build the highest of high class venues for the upper UPPER crust to enjoy the process and thrill of gambling. Steve said something that stuck in the craw of mass media the other day. Here, I’ll throw the quote up:
“Rich people only like being around rich people,” he said. “Nobody likes being around poor people, especially poor people.”
Oh my. This is going to be good. In the interest of full disclosure, I am in the top 25% of earners in the US, so certainly not a “rich” person, but I do not require assistance from the government and I live handsomely as a results of my own work (don’t get distracted, this isn’t about that.) I yearn to have all of the money I need to provide for my ecosystem, which includes but is not limited to: providing pro-active safe havens for victims of sex trafficking, health assistance to children with cancer, and providing support to those who deal with debilitating forms of depression. I need a ton of cash to do this, so I have a reason to never be poor again.
Let’s start by establishing the meaning of the word poor. How about a dictionary definition?
Poor, as an adjective:
- lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society.
- worse than is usual, expected, or desirable; of a low or inferior standard or quality.
Some of you thrive on being white knights, Robin Hoods, and defenders of justice. Justice, of course, being a completely subjective term based on where your beliefs stem. You will not like this list if you are even still reading because it is going to describe why, in a majority of cases, people are poor and prefer to stay that way. You will want to stand up in your seat and yell, “But their conditions! Their upbringing! The outside stimuli which they have no control over! RABBLE RABBLE <insert every excuse in the book here>”
We all know about the folks who started from nothing and win the lottery, right? Isn’t that awesome? There is nothing wrong with winning a large amount of money by taking a risk. The real interesting point is how few of them still have the money after 2, 5, or even 10 years. An excerpt of an article posted this year on Cleveland.com:
“People who were little, ordinary people all of a sudden become extraordinary,” said Steve Lewit, CEO of Wealth Financial Group in Chicago. “They’re euphoric. They lose all sense of reality. They think they’re invincible and powerful. They think they’re Superman.”
Don’t worry, I’m not trying to make the point that money doesn’t make you happy. That is utter bull pucky. What I am saying is, You can take the boy out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the boy. If you still don’t get it, it means that if you are poor of mind, you will have incredible difficulty being a better person and provider.
Nothing against trailer parks, I just think you’ll be fine with a point of reference. What this cliche suggests is that being poor is a belief system that feeds itself with a plethora of victimization and excuses. Being poor is a choice for a majority of people. At any point in time, unless you are completely incapable of moving your digits or counting to 3, you have complete control over the effort you want to give to be successful. You have complete control over how much life is going to screw you or how much you are going to re-examine your life and create opportunities where you told yourself there were none.
I make no apologies and I don’t care about your conditions. I was born with a club foot, arthritis in my hips, and a million other reasons that I could use to be the weakest man in a crowd. I could do it too. But I want to be better than my weaknesses. I commit myself to rehabbing these conditions every day, no matter how painful my days may be.
I could give up today and most of you who balk at the very idea that poor people are terrible people would gather around me and support my excuses. You would rally around my weakness and we would essentially be similar to and create a flock of weak geese that fly two inches above the ground as slowly as we can. Enough to survive and move to a warm enough area and enough to be defined as geese, but sickly, nasty, failures nonetheless. We would die at an ok age with enough to selfishly provide for ourselves but absolutely no one else.
Being poor is a mindset. I know many people who make less than $50k a year (they need to cut that out and start producing, but that is for another time) and they live as though every day is full of opportunity and wonder. They find ways to make paths and up their productivity, no matter how much it hurts. They do not blame their kids or their wives for slowing them down. They do not blame deficiency or deformity. They take the blame and work with the solutions immediately.
They will make a butt ton of money next year. And the one after that. They know that poverty is the greatest insult to their own intelligence and the ability of their progeny to be the next powerful, confident, and intelligent humans. They see the big picture.
Hey, let’s get to that list any time soon, right?
Here are 3 reasons why poor people (maybe you), SUCK.
1. They focus solely on saving money instead of making it.
I guarantee you that if you show me your life and how you have no way to make more money or provide for your community, I could show you. I am so confident in this that I almost feel like offering $1,000 to the person who can prove me wrong. But you watch Netflix, play video games, read stupid novellas, eat garbage, lounge around, drink alcohol, eat sugar, smoke, etc., so I know you can’t even come close to making a good excuse. Period……
You are so focused on saving that you constrict your lifestyle and demand that 40 hours is the limit of your abilities. Go ahead, tell me that you need your “you” time. That’s hilarious. Does the TV really do more for you than the security of hard work and discipline?
2. They hang around other poor people and make each other think laziness is ok.
Again, let’s not confuse someone in the process of reaching a successful lifestyle with a person who has given up. You can find a group of like-minded people who want to be powerful in their communities. Just go to any Rotary, Kiwanis, or Lions group in your town. You are bound to find at least one person who sees the world as a place full of infinite opportunity. You need to suck their brain out and get that sweet motivation and info. You friends who believe that just enough in enough? They will never help you get to where you need to be as a success. Even if it means no friends, hold out and search endlessly for those who will energize and inspire you. Take your friendships seriously and cut out the losers.
3. They hold our society down and keep us in excuse mode.
“I would make more money but Jim doesn’t like me enough to give me a chance at that promotion.”
“My family would be healthier but we don’t have time to cook a healthy meal EVERY DAY.” But I needs my 3 hours of Netflix, remember.
“I would be skinny but I have to sit at this desk for 8 hours a day.”
“We need a president that helps us get off of our feet. Maybe $5,000 in my tax return would be enough to start. Yeah, that would be awesome.” (They go on vacation with it)
“We would have won that game but there is a dead spot in the floor so the ball bounced weird.”
“I would make money but I see what it does to people.” Yeah, this one is the preferred christian one (I know because I used it all the time to make myself feel better). How anti-christian do you have to be to say you prefer a poverty where you can’t help others?
Are you getting it yet? The reason poor people suck is because they are selfish.
They shop by price and are surprised that their stuff breaks sooner, so they buy more of it, again and again. This uses resources we shouldn’t be using. (That’s my save the earth part for the libs in case I lost you all)
They make ultimatums at work, saying they will only give enough to match what they are paid instead of putting in the work and having confidence that their effort will at least strengthen their work ethic.
They spend their energy stressing out about that $100 that Bob hasn’t given back yet for his car payment.
They tell you it is ok to be down here in the mud with them. It makes them feel validated.
It’s up to you. Right here, right now, decide why your life sucks and you might come to realize it is because you suck. You life is poor because you live poorly. Steve Wynn doesn’t want you in his casino because you are going to bring your crappy woe-is-me attitude into a place where real performers play and change their worlds. Are you going to get angry and do nothing or get angry and stop being poor of mind and poor of heart?
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