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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