Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The fear of Poverty from Think and Grow Rich Part 2

#1 Fear of Poverty continued from my previous post.

Symptoms of the fear of Poverty


  • "Expressed through lack of ambition ;

  • Willingness to tolerate poverty;

  • Acceptance of whatever compensation life may offer without protest;

  • Mental & physical laziness;

  • Lack of initiative, imagination, enthusiasm & self control."

  • "The habit of permitting others to do one’s thinking ;

  • Staying “on the fence.”
  • "Expressed through alibis & excuses ;

  • Designed to cover up, explain away or apologise for one’s failures;

  • Sometimes expressed in the form of envy of those who are successful, or by criticizing them."
  • "Usually expressed by finding fault with others;

  • A tendency to spend beyond one’s income;

  • Neglect of personal appearance;

  • Scowling & frowning;

  • Intemperance in the use of alcoholic drinks;

  • Sometimes through the use of narcotics;

  • Nervousness;

  • Lack of poise;

  • Self-consciousness and

  • Lack of self-reliance."
"Over caution"
  • "The habit of looking for the negative side of every circumstance;

  • Thinking and talking of possible failure instead of concentrating upon the means of succeeding;
  • Knowing all the roads to disaster but never searching for the plans to avoid failure;
  • Waiting for “the right time” to begin putting ideas & plans into action, until the waiting becomes a permanent habit;

  • Remembering those who have failed, & forgetting those who have succeeded;

  • Seeing the hole in the doughnut but overlooking the doughnut."
  • "The habit of putting off until tomorrow matters that should have been done last year;

  • Spending enough time creating alibis & excuses to have done the job;

  • Refusal to accept responsibility when it can be avoided;

  • Willingness to compromise rather than put up a stiff fight;

  • Compromising with difficulties instead of harnessing & using them as stepping stones to advancement;

  • Bargaining with life for a penny instead of demanding prosperity, opulence, riches, contentment & happiness;

  • And planning what to do if and when overtaken by failure instead of burning all bridges & making retreat impossible

  • This is manifested further by weakness of, & often total lack of, self-confidence, definiteness of purpose, self control, initiative, enthusiasm, ambition, thrift & sound reasoning ability;

  • expecting poverty instead of demanding riches and

  • Association with those who accept poverty instead of seeking the company of those who demand & receive riches."

    ...the next post will be about fear of criticism

    - Musawenkosi Tshoaele

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