The 3 Sacrifices You Need To Make To Escape Poverty. BY ABAZIE JUDITH.
When I was around 22,I came across Professor Chinua Achebe and fell in love with his teaching. I would go to the internet café at night to spend hours at night reading Achebe's work and reading his quotes.
One particular sentence stuck with me from Achebe and that is; ”if you want to achieve something different you have to do something different. If you want to achieve what you’ve never achieved you have to do what you’ve never done before”.
Growing up, I wrote the above sentence and pasted it in my room and each day when I saw those words, I knew that I had to make sacrifices.
It’s very simple; if your life is not what you want it to be right now, you have to be willing to do something different.
Let me be frank with,you won’t move from one easy world to another. Doing something different means getting out of your comfort environment and I think this is never going to be easy but remember,nothing comes easy.
In this article, I am going to be sharing with you:
the 3 sacrifices you need to make to escape poverty.
1. Take The Time to Read
When most of my friends and relatives know what I’ve achieved in life today, it’s easy for them to envy me.
Just 22 years ago, I was one of the young people whose life was a disaster. I hated my life and wished I was never born because I was born into poverty, sickness, and many other limitations.
So how was I able to change my life from being a guy who hated life to creating one of the best life ever for myself? – Books … Books… Books.
My life changed the day I started reading books and I’ll explain how it happened.
First, when I started reading books I started reading the stories of ordinary people who achieved extraordinary things. These stories encouraged me. They gave me hope that I could as well overcome every obstacle in my way, and achieve greatness with my life.
I think this is very simple; if you know that some people had some disadvantages you think you have, yet went on to achieve greatness, you suddenly start to believe in yourself.
When you start to believe in yourself, you start to think big, and when you increase the size of your dreams, you automatically increase what is possible with your life.
In my case, I started believing that I could become rich even though I grew up in a poor village. I started believing that I could become a millionaire and this belief led me to something very important.
I started looking for how to achieve what I believe I could achieve by reading books written by the people who have made a lot of money before.
I started learning the mindset and the actions of these people and the more I modeled these people, the better my financial life became.
Yes, it took me 8 long years before my financial life had a drastic change. Without reading books, I would never have made it. One other thing you can do in addition to reading books is watching videos that tell stories about successful people.
Yes, books are boring but so is every
meaningful thing. Fruits are boring and vegetables are boring, but if you want to be healthy you’ll eat more of them. Soda drinks are fun, sugar is sweet, and fast foods are nice, but if you love your health, you’ll run away from them.
The TV is fun and social media is interesting, but if you want to escape poverty you’ll need to spend more time with your books.
Sometimes ago, I got to know that Bill Gates reads one book every week. I’ve also read about the fact that an average millionaire reads one book every week.
If an average millionaire does something like this, it is probably a good thing to emulate and so I decided that I’m going to be reading one book every week.
This isn’t easy and I’m not asking you to start reading a book per week. But you have to make sacrifices to read books if you want to escape poverty.
2. Don’t Make Excuses
I told you earlier that sugar is sweet and you might agree that hard drugs, fast foods, and most other harmful things are fun.
Another very fun/sweet thing is excuses and that’s why most people make it.
Listen, you can come up with a hundred reasons why you are where you are if you want. You can as well come up with a single reason why you need to be elsewhere.
The difference is in the way you use the powerful machine God gave you. That machine is your brain. If you program your brain to look for the reasons why you are poor, your reticular activating system will be busy looking for reasons.
You’ll start seeing how the economy, the government, and your parents make you poor. Your brain will quickly show you how your lack of education, your health challenge, your childhood or even the country you were born are the reasons why you are poor.
If however, you program your brain to look for reasons why you must be wealthy, you’ll start seeing that even in a bad economy, some people are making hundreds of thousands of dollars in legitimate businessess.
You’ll start reading about people who went through similar difficulties like you and ended up successful.
You’ll start seeing that you have much power over your life than you think and you’ll start taking responsibilities.
An excuse is the food of clowns and our world is filled with many of them.
An excuse is sweet. It’s about pointing a finger. It’s easy. Everyone can do it.
But if you want to escape poverty, you’ll stop making excuses. Don’t make an excuse. Identify what you have to do to change your life and do it no matter how difficult.
3. Trade A Hundred Failures for One Success
I heard something very interesting from Mark Cuban a few days ago and it makes a lot of sense to me. Cuban said it doesn’t matter how many times you fail. Remember, you only have to succeed once.
This statement makes a lot of sense to me because whenever I looked back at my 8 years of failures, I could see the meaning of this statement.
You see, my first 8 years in the business world was terrible. Everything I attempted failed and everyone thought I was stupid. I was broke rejected and frustrated but a day came when I had my first breakthrough.
From there, I had my second breakthrough and the third. Today it seems as if everything I touch becomes successful. That’s the opposite of the kind of life I had only a few years ago.
Here is the thing: It doesn’t matter how many times you fail.You only have to succeed once and that once will quench all the pains of the failed years. A single success can make you forget the pains of ten years of failures.Make sacrifices to try things.Make sacrifices to get out of your comfort zone.Make sacrifices to do things that are risky and when you fail, be courageous to stand up and try again.
Why is it important you understand this? Well, most people see failure as a bad thing and that’s why they give up. If you’re in search of success, you should understand that the road that leads to success is called failure and failure is not final.
Remember, it doesn’t matter how many times you fail, all you need is a single success.
The most important point in this post is this; sacrifice. If you want to escape poverty you have to be disciplined enough to do things that are not comfortable.
It’s not comfortable to read but you have to do it. It’s not comfortable to take actions that may lead to failure but you have to do it.
Failure is painful, yet you have to endure failures and try again.
Remember how I started this post; you cannot get a new result by doing the same old things continuously. You need to do something new even though every new thing is uncomfortable.
So you have to be willing to make sacrifices if you want to escape poverty.
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