a Class Struggle: things ONLY poor people do?

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 In this online motivational magazine/blog, Secret Entourage, the author of this ridiculous and biased article completely ignores all theories of why poverty exists and insists that it’s a mindset. This erases the idea that poor and disenfranchised people have to work double or triple as hard to get just as far as the average non-disenfranchised person. First, the author starts off by saying that being poor is not just a financial struggle, that it’s actually a mindset that perpetuates your “poorness.” While that may be the case for some, most are poor because of generational and institutional struggles from issues related to redlining, racial steering, Jim Crow laws, sub-prime mortgage lending, etc.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The authors first point is that poor people are pessimistic, that they don’t see solutions–only problems. How can you even make that argument and not fear that you’re stereotyping an entire group of people? Without a shadow of a doubt, there must be poor people who are terribly positive and do not have this issue, and there must be extremely wealthy and successful people that are pessimistic. Not to mention that mental illness is something that effects many people, both rich and poor, and that anxiety can often change your way of thinking.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Next, he shares a personal feeling about poor people sharing business advice or life advice in general. The author is neglecting the fact that many of these people that he overhears may not actually be poor, or that maybe once in their life they were successful. It’s also a good idea to give advice to people if you experienced something negative and are trying to tell others not to do the same. I cannot imagine poor people actually try and give businessmen and women advice about their businesses. Poor and unmotivated people, according to the author, are not allowed to have an opinion.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 His next few points are similar: don’t buy things you can’t afford, don’t say you want to become a millionaire, don’t quit your job because you want free time, etc. If becoming a millionaire is someone’s personal goal and personal best, then don’t knock it. Let them become a millionaire or even just fantasize about it. His points about balancing work-life are contradictory. He asks people why they want to quit their jobs and they say to work for themselves or to balance their lives, yet at the end he criticizes these same people offering the argument that no one makes them stay at their jobs and that no one is actually anyone’s boss. Sounds awfully elitist and counter-argumentative.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 He claims that poor people always have an excuse but successful people never complain about their lives. These are completely arbitrary notions and are also kind of racist. If you really think about it, many people really do have excuses. Some people have learning disabilities, some people are disenfranchised, and these are all valid reasons not to be successful by the time you’re thirty years old. That’s because these people have actual reasons not to be successful just yet; their circumstances require them to work extra hard and not everyone is able to just pick themselves up by their bootstraps. Everyone complains.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The author jumps to conclusions fast in his next few points when he suggests that poor people always talk but never do, that they surround themselves with other poor people because it’s a mindset, that poor people believe they need someone to help them reach the top, and that poor people never listen to the feedback their given. These claims are so ignorant that it’s insane that this author actually wrote a book about how to be successful. To be fair, I’m sure the author encountered many people like this which prompted him to write this blog, but there’s no way that he knows every poor person in this country or their struggles. It’s not so far-fetched to assume that some people need a little extra help to get them where they need to go because they were disadvantaged from the start.

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