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Poor and broke are not the same. Being poor is a mindset, having no money is being broke.
Life wouldn't all be that bad if you went broke. I am not coming from a position of having nothing right now, but I was at one instance at my lowest point in my life when I had nothing, in fact I was in debt many thousands of dollars.
Strange things happen when you are cornered. You begin to fight your way out, you do things you normally wouldn't when you get outside of your comfort zone. You take on challenges and you find grit within you.
Your true hustle comes out when things are tough, the trick is maintaining that hustle once things get comfortable again. Many millionaires went from being rich to being broke, then back to being rich. Donald Trump comes to mind.
I am veering off topic here, so let's stay on track by analyzing what life would be like if you were broke.
Life is a miracle, every sequence of event that occurred in your life, in your parent's life and so on and so on made it possible for you to be here now ( more on this subject later). So why do we appreciate more when we have less, and appreciate the wrong things when we have more.
I think distraction play a big role in our lives both, extrinsic and internal. We forget that necessaties are vital when we have an abundance of them. Abundance distracts us by thinking about how to attain more instead of living in the present and appreciating what we have already.
Not experiencing first hand how people live simple lives who have nothing except for each other. Really you don't need to go to a third world country to experience this kind of amenity. It can happen to you at any point in time.
You can lose everything.
What has that done for me?
It has made me work harder, think differently about the journey I am on. Respect myself and others around me. But it was until I began to not feel financial restraint again that I started to understand myself more. I began investing in myself and appreciating who I am.
When I began appreciating who I am that is when things escalated for me financially and emotionally in my life. I can't speak for the people around me, but I am sure that the impact I made in my life is emulated to the people around me.
Life is a test, it will test your character, it will test your willingness, it will test your beliefs and your mindset. The true test will come when you are put in uncomfortable situations.
Just remember money comes and money goes. You can always make more and you can always lose it all.
What you can't do is gain more time.
What you can't do is lose your wisdom.
What you can't do is live without oxygen, water, or food.
This we know, yet we are resentful if our coworker gets a promotion, our neighbour gets a new car, or our brother buys a new house.
When I came back from my deficit and began earning and saving more, it gave me the freedom to be able to work on myself. If you yourself is broken then everything else will be broken too.
What I mean by that is if you don't know and understand yourself it will be a challenge. I don't want to use the word impossible, because everything is possible. It will be a challenge becoming better and growing.
Don't get lost in the hustle. Instead be conscious of the hustle. Know yourself and how you can push those boundaries of challenging your growth.
Just remember you can always get more, so why not appreciate what you have already. The saying goes "someone else is happy with less than what you have".
I am not saying being broke is fun and that's where you should be. What I am saying is that you should not have a poor mentality, and that whether you are broke or rich, understand how you got there in the first place, and how you were before getting there.
Money was essential for me to be able to discover myself, and focus on my formal and informal education.
Let's leave you with a story that I heard and I feel you should hear it too;