“Not all Readers are Leaders, but all Leaders are Readers.”
~Harry S. Truman
The Creator never made a man to be poor.
There is nothing in his constitution which fits drudgery and poverty. Man was made for prosperity, happiness, and success.
He was not made to suffer any more than he was made to be insane or be a criminal.
– Orison Swett Marden, Prosperity: How to Attract It
Sometimes I walk by the most beautiful malls and shopping centers in the Philippines, like Greenbelt, SM Aura, Bonifacio High Street, and several others. Everywhere I look there are rich people eating at restaurants where each dish costs more than a worker’s daily pay, dressed in the finest clothes that costs more than an average employee’s monthly salary, and buying gadgets that would take most of us a few years to save up for.
On the other side of the city, a few miles from those areas of luxury are entire communities who can’t afford a decent lifestyle. According to ABS-CBN’s report on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)’s Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) last 2014, around one in every four Filipinos live in poverty. Without a good source of income, many are forced to scavenge dumpsters and trash cans for food, sleep in cardboard boxes every night, and are forced to beg for a few coins to survive.
While some children play in the streets wearing dirty rags on weekdays because their families can’t afford to send them to school (a key to moving up in society), the children of wealthy parents have everything handed to them on a silver platter: the latest toys and gadgets, nutritious food, the best education, and far more.
Sounds unfair, right?
It certainly is. Now how can we rise above it?
“Many times the reading of a book has made the fortune of a man.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you were given the choice:
A few books which cost P3,000,
or P5,000 worth of groceries/cigarettes/beer/gadgets which would you choose?
Most people would choose the P5,000 worth of stuff.
…but what if those books can teach you how to invest and BE A MILLIONAIRE in less than 20 years? Will you still choose the groceries and gadgets that probably won’t last a few months?
That’s the choice I once made, and I’ll tell you how it started. Who knows…
Maybe you can do it too…
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
– Henry Ford
Once upon a time, there lived a pair of twins from the Pa family. The stronger, smarter, and taller twin was named Tallo, while the other was named Nallo.
When they were little children, their mother once brought home a bag of cookies for them to eat. She placed the bag on a cabinet high up on the wall before leaving for work as she forgot that the two children couldn’t reach it.
Although Tallo was taller and stronger, no matter how hard he jumped, he couldn’t reach the cookies. He stopped trying and thought to himself: “No matter how hard I try, it’s useless. I CAN’T do anything.”
Nallo tried jumping for it too, but he also couldn’t reach it. Thinking of how he can reach the cookies, he saw the dining chair and a broom in their kitchen. He climbed on top of the chair and clumsily used the broom handle to try and reach the cookies. Although he failed a lot at first, after trying for 20 minutes, he eventually got the cookies and shared it with his brother. Nallo thought to himself: “I CAN do anything if I find out how to do it.”
As they grew older, Nallo and Tallo both went to the same school in their village. Tallo was smart enough to get good grades, but since he couldn’t get perfect scores, he stopped trying. Nallo had a hard time learning and failed the first few of his tests.
“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this; decide what you want.”
– Ben Stein
Long ago in a distant province there lived a poor little girl and her family. Due to poverty, they barely had enough money to buy food and they sometimes ate just rice and bagoong (shrimp paste) or salt for dinner. While her mother and father were barely able to send her three brothers, they wouldn’t pay her tuition. Everyone thought that she should just find work as a labandera (a local laundry girl) in their village to earn extra money, get married, and live there for the rest of her life.
The little girl hated that idea.
She didn’t want to live in poverty, she didn’t want her life to amount to nothing more than washing laundry for a few piddling coins, and more importantly, she didn’t want her future children to experience the same hardships that she did.