The Psychology of Poverty

The Psychology of Poverty
“The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.”
– Harry Kemp

Imagine two boxes sitting in front of you.
One contains the riches you could enjoy in your life.
The other contains a terrible price you could pay in your life.

The first box is a treasure chest.
It contains peace of mind, sound health, labors of love of your own choice, freedom from fear and worry, a positive mental attitude, material riches of your own choice and quantity, and love.

The second chest is a cursed Pandora’s box.
It contains hatred, envy, jealousy, greed, fear, worry, indecision, doubt, ill health, frustration, discouragement, poverty and want.  Once opened, it will infect others, spreading a wave of misery throughout the world.

Every person has a free choice of which box they will open.
It would seem that no one would ever want to open the second chest, but most people invariably do so.  It is a rare thing, truly, for a person to choose the treasure chest.

These two boxes represent the powers of your own mind.
Learning to control your mind – which guides your thoughts, actions, words, deeds and inevitably, your destiny – or not doing so, is the choice represented by these two boxes.  When you choose to control your mind, you are choosing the treasure chest.  When you fail to control your mind, you are choosing the cursed Pandora’s box of misery and suffering.

Everyone comes to the earth with the ability to control their own mind at birth.
The vast majority of humanity fails to learn how to control their minds, and they end up living lives of misery, poverty, hatred, envy and great suffering.  To escape this fate, you must learn to control your mind.  When you do this, you will be one of the tiny minority in the world that will find themselves opening the treasure chest.

The Psychology of Poverty
The reason most people make the wrong choice in which box to open is because they suffer from the psychology of poverty.  There are two ways of thinking:  The way of the rich man and the way of the poor man.  Successful, wealthy, happy people all think the same way.  Miserable, poor, unhappy people also think the same way.  Everyone in prison thinks the same.  Everyone that lives a life of luxury and happiness also think in the same way.

It’s not my fault! – Lies and Excuses
You may be thinking, “It’s not my fault!  Others have taken advantage of me.  They have hurt me, they have held me back, my parents were cruel to me, I was born in poverty and cannot get out of it, I am too sick, I am too old, I am too young, I do not have the education, I do not have the ability, people do not like me, people hate my skin color, my divorce has ruined my life, etc.”

These are lies that weak, hateful, envious, poor people tell themselves.
Your life is the direct result of how you use your mind.  If you think like a poor person, you will forever remain a poor person.

Avoid Bad Company
“Do not be deceived.  Bad company corrupts good morals.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:33

People tend to think like those around them.  Guard yourself so that you are not affected by the poverty mindsets of others.  Those you choose to associate with will determine your fate.  You are what is around you.

It is no accident that the first instructions contained in the book of proverbs tell about the enticements of sinners.  Do you have friends or do you have fiends?  Who do you choose to associate with?  Where do you shop?  The places you spend time in, the people you call friends, and the kind of life you surround yourself with will reinforce the attitude you will have in your life.  Be careful not to feed the psychology of poverty.

Hate & Envy
The poor are so caught up in their present problems that they do not plan ahead or think ahead.  The poor have great hostility and envy towards people that prosper and succeed.  The poor are suspicious and resentful towards people that succeed in life.  This attitude, which is shared by the majority of people on the earth, will poison your destiny.

Are you so wrapped up in the problems of the present day that you don’t take time to plan ahead?  Do you have great hostility and envy towards those that prosper and succeed?  Do you criticize them?  How do you react towards successful people?

There is mass hostility and mass envy towards wealth.
When you begin to prosper and succeed in life, you will be surprised by the hostility you will encounter, especially from the people that you thought would have cheered you on.

If you are not careful, they will destroy you.  They will drag you down back to their level.  Beware of your friends.  Beware of your family.  Beware of the public.  Those that seem to love you may harbor secret hatreds towards you and your success.  Do not let them poison your mind with their miseries and hatreds.  Do not return hate with more hate.

How do you react?
It is not what happens to you in life, but it is how you react to what happens to you that will determine your fate.  Everyone has bad things that happen to them.  If you want to overcome these things, you need to change the way you react to them.

One aspect of love is that you must endure the hate and envy of others, without returning their poison in kind.  If others harm you, you must resist the urge to harm them back.  This is the mark of a leader.  This is the mark of a successful person.  This is the mark of those that open the treasure chest, which will sustain their happiness.  If you give in to the temptation to return hatred, you will shut the lid of the treasure chest, and you may never be able to open it again.

Were you put on this earth to spread misery and suffering?
Do not add to the evil you encounter in life.  Instead, spread goodness through patience, forgiveness, kindness and gratitude.  Resistance is created by fighting.  If you harm others after they harm you, you will feed the fires of conflict.  If you react with patience and forgiveness, you will put out the fires that spread misery.  Whatever you project will come back to you, multiplied.

Do not succumb to envy.
Sometimes we are tested.  Sometimes the good that we desire will come to others around us first.  Do not make negative comments against them.  If you do so, your good will not come to you.

You must guard your thoughts, words and deeds.
Are you envious of successful people?
Do you speak nasty comments about others?
How do you treat others?
If you hate wealthy people you will never become one.

Remember, those that succumb to the temptations of hatred and envy are creating their own doom.  They suffer from the psychology of poverty.

The Law of Increasing Returns
Your attitude towards everything and everyone will affect what happens to you.  This is because your mind will produce what you put into it.  If you deposit negative thoughts of decrease, you will suffer the same fate.  If you deposit riches into your mind, your mind will produce riches.  Maintain an attitude of increase towards others, always seeing them prosperous, healthy, and happy.

Avoid “Hard times” Talk
Those that dwell on negative things will find themselves experiencing more of the same.  Truly, we live in a vast world where there are endless possibilities for each of us.  During the Great Depression, there were many successful people.

Success is not dependant on what is going around you.  The majority is often wrong.  When you talk about how bad things seem to be, it will come true.  If you avoid doing this, and change your attitude towards thoughts of increase, you will experience success.

Gossiping about negative things will bring these things into your life too.

Never Hurry, Never Worry
Have you ever experienced the strange thing when you “have too much to do” you never get anything done?  This is because hurry comes from worry, which comes from fear.  Fear invokes the law of decrease, and your mind will produce whatever you put into it.  If you find yourself rushing to get things done, or if you find yourself trying to force a result, you are only creating more fear and negativity.  This will sabotage your good.

Train your mind to never be disappointed.  Instead of dwelling on the illusion of failure, you should increase your expectations.  Often, failure is nothing but success trying to be born in a bigger way.

Avoid Petty Thinking
Do not waste time holding grudges.  Is it really that important?  Getting involved in hostilities, resentments and grudges will only sabotage your good.  Instead, project forgiveness, kindness and love towards your enemies.

The Golden Rule of Prosperity
You should not think or speak anything about the affairs of others that you do not want to experience yourself.  Give yourself and others thoughts of increase always.

Open Your Mind to Prosperity
Most people close their minds to prosperity through negative thinking, which is caused by the psychology of poverty.  Many people feel guilty about wanting to become prosperous.  Truly, you need to change your attitudes about prosperity and success.  It is not impossible.  It is available to everyone.  Many people think it is sinful to prosper, feeling that poverty is a virtue.  This is nonsense.  Many of the most famous people in the bible were millionaires.  It has been estimated that poverty causes most of the problems in the world.  War, crime, disease, violence and suffering are caused by poverty.

You have no right to be poor.
To live and not be prosperous is a misfortune.  Anyone can become rich if they change the way they think.  Your mind will manufacture whatever you place inside it, multiplying it in your world.  Do not feel guilty about wanting to be prosperous.  Thoughts of success and prosperity were given to you by God, who wants everyone to be successful and happy.  Do not deny the good that the universe is trying to create for you.

The Soul of a Free Man vs. The Soul of a Slave
Just as water will always seek its level, the soul of a free man will always rise above others.  The soul of a slave will always remain in the dirt.
Do you have the soul of a free man or the soul of a slave?

The choice is yours.
These two boxes stand before you.
Will you choose a treasure chest of success or the Pandora’s box of failure?

The First Law of Success: Love

The First Law of Success:  Love
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
– Galatians 6:7

Every person on Earth has the power of success hidden deep down inside of them.  People often imagine that their pains of poverty and failure are caused by their circumstances or are the result of others.  This is not true.  You are responsible for both your successes and your failures.

Locked away inside the mind of every man and woman are secrets that can be used to attain success, happiness and a better life.  But what are these laws?

Love is the First Secret of Success
The most powerful law of success is that of love and good will towards others.  How does this translate into success?  The ability to get along with others is one of the most desired traits in business.  Disharmony in the work place leads to all sorts of problems that can quickly magnify into trouble.  What is the cause of these “personality” problems?

Everyone in life is burdened with a number of sins – greed, selfishness, jealousy, resentment, judgment, cruelty, etc.  People love to gossip, and spread negative rumors.  It seems that there is always a person that doesn’t get along with someone else in the work place.  These negative traits are a great source of trouble and they will destroy your ability to succeed in life.

To fix all of these problems, you need to deliberately turn love on, and direct good feelings towards others – especially to those you don’t even like.  When you do this, you will unearth practical results.  Scientists have discovered that you can bombard people, situations and circumstances with love in order to dissolve unpleasant circumstances.

Begin to render love through everything that you do.  This will bring about a powerful reaction in others.

The Law of Compensation
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “You can’t get something for nothing.”
This simple law can be better explained by the idea that you reap what you have sown.  Scientists describe this law as that of action and reaction.  This applies to everything that you do in life.  Watch your thoughts, attitudes, desires and your actions.

You Must Radiate Success in Order to Attract Success
Another way to think of how this law works is that you must radiate in order to attract.  You will always attract the types of things that you radiate.
So if you radiate, fear, anxiety, depression, thoughts of lack and poverty, or if you radiate anger, resentment and hatred, you will attract the same kinds of things into your life.  On the other hand, if you radiate love, kindness, forgiveness, and positive attitudes, you will attract these same things into your life.  Everyone uses the power of radiation and attraction without knowing it.  What are you radiating?
Are you a complainer?  Do you have a bad attitude?  Do you constantly think about how you can’t succeed, about how someone has harmed you, or about how the world is against you?  Or do you spend your time thinking about better things?

Carefully guard your thoughts, feelings, desires and actions.
You will always attract what you radiate.

Giving & Receiving
Keep in mind that if you give in order to get, or give with an expectation of receiving, then it may not work at all. You must give freely of yourself to others without expectation of anything in return. This will open the doors of abundance from the universe.

Sowing & Reaping
Imagine planting seeds, and then taking care of them, watering and weeding the garden of success every day. One day you will see a rich harvest of the results of your labor.

Every time you talk to someone, every time you deal with people, keep in mind what kinds of thoughts, feelings and actions you are putting out.  Do you spend your time talking about how bad things are?  If you don’t have something good to say about a situation, event or another person, do not say anything at all.  On the other hand, how helpful are you towards others?  Are you a kind person?

Remember that values such as forgiveness, kindness, friendliness, and love are always planting seeds that will one day grow into success.

Doing More Than Paid For
This first law of success translates into the concept of doing more than you are paid for.  When you render more service or better service than what you are being paid for, you will stand out from those around you.  Most people do just what is required of them and no more.  When you do more than what you are paid for, you will gain a good reputation and people will begin to seek you out.  In addition to a favorable reputation, you will also gain strength in what you do through the improvement of the skills that you are using.  When you do more than you are paid for, there will be little competition for your services.

Love of Work
Work is really an expression of love.  Your attitude towards your work will deeply affect how successful you will be in life.  When one loves his work, he will work longer and harder without thinking about it, and he won’t tire easily.  When one hates his work, everything will be difficult and fatigue will come quickly.

Above all, you should seek out the type of work that you love to do.  Also, if you are involved in work that you love, or if you are doing work for someone that you love, it will always be easier.  If you are involved in work that you despise, consciously direct good feelings towards it and it will be less difficult.  If you serve an ungrateful boss, do more and more.  This will put the universe in your debt. Energy will always find a way to manifest itself.

Be Deliberate About Success

Deliberately radiate good through all of your thoughts actions and deeds and it will attract good to you.  Those who don’t do this will tend to fall into the trap of limited thoughts and this will produce limited results in life.  But if you make the choice about deliberately producing successful results by policing your mind, thoughts and actions, you will see definite results that will lead you to the success you have always wanted.

You Are Magnetic
The first law of success will turn you into a magnet that will attract success into your life.  The thoughts, feelings and attitudes that you project will come back to you, whether they are negative or positive.  Everything begins with your mind, emotions and attitudes.  You will still need to take action to succeed, but everything will work better once you clear your mind of all negativity and begin to fill it with positive goals.

Put yourself ahead in the world by first helping others to get ahead.  Take the initiative, follow it with aggressive actions, always do more than you are paid to do and you will soon find that your life is filled with prosperity and success.



In your search for success, you will need to fight many battles. You will be assailed by misfortunes, problems, obstacles and one of the greatest opponents of all: Fear.

In order to overcome these difficulties and rise to the heights of success, you will need to develop the qualities of leadership. Leaders not only are masters of themselves, but they are masters of others – or more accurately, they serve as beacons of light to those struggling in the darkness. A leader always seems to know what to do and where to go. A true leader is a hero.


In stories, a hero is a person, encumbered with weaknesses and character flaws who, is compelled to take action because of something terrible that happens to him. Stories are about how a character overcomes his weaknesses in order to accomplish his goals. They are about how regular people develop into heroes. This is why stories are so fascinating. People love to see someone succeed. People love heroes.

So what is leadership? Where does it come from and how can you develop it?

Leadership comes primarily from four things:

1. Having a definite purpose in mind.

2. Self confidence.

3. Imagination.

4. Initiative.

A Definite Chief Aim

Spurred on by a burning desire, leaders will set specific goals and will then develop these goals into a plan of action. What’s interesting is that many people may not show any signs of becoming a leader at all, until they encounter certain situations. For instance, a soldier may see a friend pinned down by enemy fire, and then will decide to go rescue him. In this case the situation created circumstances that allowed a leader to appear.  Goals are created by desires – the stronger the desire, the stronger the goal.

Self Confidence

The three factors of desire, belief and expectancy combine to form the trait of self confidence – or faith. These three traits can be increased by simply thinking about them as often as possible. When you think about something, you will put energy into it and it will increase in power. Once these three factors have been developed, a person will have the self confidence needed to pursue his goals. Also, one of the best ways to create self confidence is to acquire knowledge and then teach it to others.


While imagination is mostly regarded as unimportant, those understanding the principles of success know that imagination is one of the greatest keys to accomplishing goals. Imagination is used to turn one’s dreams, goals and desires into reality. Once developed through practice, it will allow you to overcome the most formidable problems. Imagination is also one of the greatest keys to leadership. The only real limitations you will face on your road to success are created by your own mind. By conditioning your mind through constructive use of imagination, you will be able to overcome these self imposed obstacles.

Initiative – Taking Action

Above all, leaders have mastered the power of initiative. What is initiative?

Initiative is a rare quality that impels a person to do the right thing without being told to do so.

Most people will not want to exert the extra effort to do the right thing and will only make a move when they are compelled to do so. These are the people just getting by with the minimum amount of effort.

There are other people that won’t do the right thing even when shown what it is and how to do it. These people tend to become failures in everything they do.

But true leaders are those that will go out of their way to do the right thing without prompting from others. They are the ones doing the little extra things that are helpful. These people always have an easier time succeeding in what they do, because their efforts win the hearts of everyone they come in contact with. Initiative is the key that opens the door to opportunity.

How to Develop Initiative

First of all, you will need to eliminate procrastination.

The best way to eliminate procrastination is to spend time every day thinking about your desires, and imagining yourself already having arrived at your goal. This will generate the energy to overcome fear. Procrastination is also destroyed by doing something constructive towards your goals every day. If you do just a little bit every day, you will have found that you have climbed up the slopes of the mountain of success in no time at all.

Secondly, you develop initiative by encouraging others to do so.

If you want to be happy, then give happiness away. If you want to become a person of initiative, teach others the advantages of developing initiative. Initiative is also based on the first law of success: the habit of doing more than you are paid for. When you go out of your way to assist others, they will remember you.

Third, you need to develop the mindset of a person of initiative.

This is done by simply imagining yourself as a person that gets things done. Spend your time thinking, eating, breathing and sleeping with initiative. Always be on the lookout for ways to help others – for ways to improve things. This will help you develop the mindset of a leader. Develop the habit of taking actions to reach your goals.

How to Command Respect

One of the best ways to succeed in life is to become a leader. How do you get others to follow you? If you want people to follow you into hell – because the road to success is like fighting a battle – you will need to instill in them a sense of devotion. If you do not have the qualities that command their respect, loyalty and obedience, then you will fail as a leader. Aside from the traits already mentioned, the most important traits of a leader are self sacrifice, decisiveness, dignity and courage.

Self Sacrifice

As a leader, you will find yourself having to give of yourself more than anyone else. Leaders are always the first to arrive and the last to leave. Leaders are always more giving than anyone else. The man who always takes and never gives is not a leader. He is a parasite. Helping others is one of qualities of a leader. Give 100 times what you expect to receive. Giving is the first law of success, and you will discover that when you give, you will end up with more success than those that do not give. Those giving the most will become the most successful.


The way to become decisive is to study and learn all you can about a situation. The more informed you are, the better able you will be to take advantage of things or to make needed adjustments. When committed to a course of action, make sure you master it before moving on to another one. Do not scatter your efforts by constantly making new decisions and trying new things. This is not only a sign of weakness, it reeks of desperation. If you have spent time learning about your situation, then when something unexpected happens, you will be better able to make a quick decision.


Leaders can be a force for good or evil. You will find that people will imitate what you do and your team will be a reflection of yourself. Do not preach to others, but instead live by setting an example of the right way to live and act. Don’t drink too much, get angry or treat others with disrespect. Treat everyone fairly. Do not be guilty of doing anything that you would ever have to apologize for. Develop physical health and vitality, which will give you the energy to work. Maintain a good appearance to demonstrate self respect. Never hurry. Never worry. Never talk about your problems. Do not gossip. Do not court the favor of others. Never say anything negative about anyone else. If you have nothing good to say, keep silent. Be positive – a person that knows how to get things done. Instead of whining about how impossible things are, find a way to make things happen. Above all, avoid bad company. Your success will be a reflection of the kinds of people you surround yourself with.


The difference between courage and bravery is that bravery is physical, while courage is mental and moral. Blind bravery won’t help you reach your goals or develop you as a leader, but courage, fueled by an understanding of the situation and backed up by a fierce desire to succeed will lead you to reach your goals. Do not ask anyone to go where you will not go yourself. Do not ask anyone to do what you are not willing to do yourself.

So leaders are made by setting a specific goal and laying out plans to reach that goal through the use of one’s imagination. Then using burning desire and self confidence, a leader will use initiative to take action to reach those goals. Leaders command respect through self sacrifice, decisiveness and dignity. And finally, a leader will develop the courage to take daring actions to succeed.

Hopefully, this article was useful to you in learning how to become a leader. Remember: Leaders always work harder and give more than anyone else.

Why Duplication Fails

Many have said that one of the secrets to success is to duplicate yourself.

Unfortunately, many people seem to have difficulty doing this.  No matter how simple you can design the process, there will always be people that just can’t seem to reproduce what you do.

Why does this happen?

The reason duplication fails so often is because 90% of success depends upon how you use your mind.

Not everyone has a “success” mentality.  Everyone has varying degrees of desire, belief and expectancy about their ability to succeed.

No matter how many times people hear that “Think and Grow Rich” is the secret to success (ie, you must condition your mind to succeed), they still spend all their time on the HOW instead of spending time developing their mind, their thoughts, and their beliefs.

If you want to have better success at duplicating yourself, you need to teach your team to VISUALIZE THEMSELVES AT HAVING ARRIVED AT THEIR GOAL.

Duplication will work better when everyone in the team:

1. Has a set of written goals.

2. Spends time every day visualizing their goals, as if they already have it.

3. Take action.

Remember:  Success depends upon how you use your mind.

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How to Keep Your Computer Happy

Computer problems can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with today.

When I worked as a computer tech, I learned how to eliminate 90% of computer problems (unless it is hardware related – if smoke is coming out of your computer, this won’t help).  It is sad that the companies that sell computers don’t tell people about these simple things to do…

Here is how to keep your computer happy:

· Download these free programs:

Every week, run a scan with each of these programs (or do it every day).

Do not run these programs at the same time.

  • Spybot Search & Destroy
  • Ad Aware by Lavasoft
  • AVG (get the free version)

· Turn off all the programs that try to load when you boot:

Go to: Start –> Run –> msconfig (type in)

With most of these items turned off, your computer will boot faster, and it will run better. When the computer has too many programs to run at once, they can fight with each other, or cause other problems.

System Configuration Utility (Do this after Windows Updates)

  • General (tab)

Change to: Selective Startup

  • Startup (tab)

Uncheck most of the listed items.

This will not harm your computer.

If you need something, you can always come back here and turn it back on.

· Keep (do not uncheck):

Scan Registry

System Restore


Wireless (HP wireless assistant, etc)

Antivirus (avgtray, etc)

Important driver files (DriverUpdaterPro, etc)

Anything that you obviously use (mouse, etc)

· Turn off (uncheck):

Messenger programs (MSN, Yahoo Messenger, etc)

Microsoft Office (you can still open it manually)

Adobe Acrobat (you can still open it manually)

· Disk Cleanup (1x/week)

Go to: Start –> All Programs –> Accessories –> System Tools

–> Disk Cleanup

Put a check in all the boxes and click YES.

· Delete Temporary Internet Files (1x/day)

· Internet Explorer

Tools –> Internet Options

–> Delete Cookies, Delete Files (Delete all offline content), Clear History.

· Mozilla Firefox

Tools –> Options –> Privacy (tab)

–> Always clear private data when you close Firefox (select) –>

Clear Now –>OK

Disclaimer:  Althought all attempts are made to provide accurate, current and reliable information, you should recognize the possibility that errors may occur.  You are strongly encouraged to do a full backup of your data and system before doing anything.  The author of this paper shall under no circumstances be responsible for data loss or system failure.

Karma x2

A beach in Thailand.

So a year ago, I was sitting on a beautiful beach in Thailand, drinking coconut milk out of a coconut.  My pretty Thai girlfriend was feeding me fresh mango and pineapple and looking out at the sun shining down on the water.

I was sitting there, enjoying the relaxed drum beat of the turquoise ocean, and then suddenly – VRRRROOOOOOOOOOM!!!! – a jet ski swept by!

My girlfriend said, “Ba!” (this mean’s “Let’s go!” in Thai).

Since it was only $25 to rent a jet ski, I agreed!

Jomtien Beach, Thailand

So we’re whishing around the ocean, splashing water behind us and really enjoying ourselves, and then we pass this empty jetski which was bobbing up and down on the waves….

We looked around, and lo!  We saw a man in the water waving at us.  We sped over to him, thinking warm thoughts of rescue….

The man (who happened to be from England, and owned a gym), was having an ashma attack and had fallen off into the ocean…

We offered to give him a lift, but when he tried to climb on our jet ski, he flipped us over!  (My girlfriend only weights 40kg and I’m not too big either).

Now… I’m not as good a swimmer as I used to be –  thanks to EVOLUTION – so even though we managed to climb back onto the jet ski after righting it, we looked down at the poor man having the ashma attack in the ocean and we offered to try again.  Now, as I had mentioned, he owned a gym in England, and he weighed more than both Lek and I (Lek is the name of my girlfriend).  So we flipped over again!

This time, sadly, I managed to twist my knee badly.  So we got back onto the jet ski again and waved a boat over to help the man out of the water.  Back on shore, I discovered that I had a bad sprain…

A few hours and $300 later (did I mention how inexpensive Thai hospitals are?) I found myself being treated very well by everyone, as I had a fine set of cruches to go with the bandage around my knee.

So although we did save a man’s life, I managed to get double karma points when I injured myself in the process.

Moral of the story?

Be careful who you try to help.

In terms of running a business, you have to be very careful who you decide to work with.  If you choose the wrong people, you may find yourself wasting valuable time.  More importantly, your optimistic emotions could be drained away, along with your enthusiasm.

Will I go back to Thailand and rent another jet ski?

You bet.

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