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You Cannot Solve POVERTY With MONEY

Published on 10/9/2018
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You Cannot Solve POVERTY With MONEY

Last night as I was driving back to my friends house. I stopped to fill up my car with gas. An overweight woman with blood shot eyes, dressed in a grubby black shirt and a torn coat walked up to me and started talking as I put the gas nozzle into my car.

Immediately she started talking about why she couldn't work, and all the things that were wrong with her, and the ways that she had been mistreated, and all the hardships she was experiencing...

I listened patiently. Really listening. Trying to figure out how I could really serve this woman.

Finally, as she continued to complain about her situation, I stopped her mid sentence and asked her,

"excuse me, how can I really help you?"

She stopped and smiled, feeling confident that her story had worked, and in some bold honesty she said,

"what I really need is a pack of cigarettes and a soda."

"No." I said, "What do you really need?"

Taking this as a sign that I wanted to give her more she said, "Well, you can get me a hotel to stay in."

"No," I asked again, "what do you really need?"

And then looking her in the eyes I explained...

" Buying you cigarettes and a soda won't help you, it's just poison for your body. A hotel room would do nothing because you would be right back here tomorrow. "

She was frustrated and started to get upset as she insisted that she really did need cigarettes to help her nerves.

Then I asked,

"Can I give you something worth way more than money?"

She was resistant and angry, assuming I was just going to lecture her, and she said,

"all I am striving for is cigarrettes, I don't want your advice."

Finally realizing, there was nothing I could do to serve her, I tried to give her a hug and wish her well, but she wouldn't let me, so I got in my car and drove off as she swore at me angrily.

I had money in my wallet. I could've given her a couple hundred dollars and yet, i knew it wouldn't help her at all. Even if I had given her $10,000, where do you think she would be within a short time? What if I had given her $100,000?

You see, her poverty had NOTHING to do with MONEY.


I wanted to give her something worth way more. I was ready, if she was willing to listen, to share with her some of the wisdom that people pay me tens of thousands of dollars to access from me, but she would not listen.

Why? All she was striving for was a pack of cigarettes. If she was striving for financial freedom, then I could've helped her.

As I drove the rest of the way to my friends house, I thought of the contrast I had witnessed that day.

I had recently spent a day at a Multi-Million$$ Mansion in Telluride surrounded by some of the most successful people I've ever met, and I am not talking just financially.

What was different about these people, compared to this homeless lady, was that they were open to learning more. They were seeking for ways to grow and expand. They were interested in what I was sharing with them, and they were willing to give to me. They were contributing to the world in a major way.

Were these people successful just because they were born into money, or priveledge, or opportunities?

Well, this man who I spoke with who was worth hundreds of millions of dollars, began in a broke and disfunctional family, dyslexic and illiterate until he was 18, and in a gang and a family where most of those he knew went to jail...

Yet he made a decision to create something different with his life.

Now consider this... While, with this homeless woman, even if you had given her any amount of money, she probably would've been back on the streets soon, what do you think would happen if you took everything away from this multi- millionaire? Where would he be in 6 months?

You see, NEITHER POVERTY or WEALTH exist in the money you have or don't have in your wallet, but rather it exists in your MIND.


Except for those who have mental illness, poverty is a choice.

All the education and tools are available to ANYONE who wants to change their situation. Education on nearly every subject is available free to anyone who wants it... There are these magic things called the internet and the library. Yet, you take the average person on welfare and how much time a day do you think they spend watching TV versus reading educational books?

As I think of this woman that I met tonight, I realize there is nothing wrong with her. She is right where she chooses to be, and there is nothing wrong with that. She is, like me and you, an infinite and immortal being with infinite potential, and in this life she has chosen to experience the role of being homeless. And when she is ready to choose something different, she will create it.

And for us who want to help, we can only help those who are ready to receive, because they are striving for something more.

You have one life to live, Live BIG

You Cannot Solve POVERTY With MONEY
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