Today is Blog Action Day where many people will post about poverty. I am far from an expert, but here are some of my thoughts.
Poverty is a mind-set. Many people want to throw money (private or government) at people who are in poverty, but what we need to do as citizens is spend time and teach those with this mind-set.
The poverty mind-set believes there is no way out. It thinks current circumstances dictate the future and will never change. It reduces self-image because it is dependant on charity instead of individual earnings. Poverty thinking attracts others who think the same way.
A prosperity mind-set has hope for a better tomorrow. It learns from circumstances and adapts to face new challenges. An independent self-image fosters a resilience to challenges.
Have you ever hung out with people who are more successful than you? I have, and it challenges you to up your game and improve. Those with prosperity mind-sets need to seek out and connect with those with poverty mind-sets.
We need to support them as individuals and let them know they can break the poverty cycle. We can demonstrate and model for them a prosperity mind-set. Teach them communication and technical skills to succeed in the workplace.
When we change hearts and minds, we can change the future.