What are the chances of success if you live in a poverty-stricken community? We hear people say that they failed at school, work or as parents mainly because they were poor and could never afford the opportunities that successful people were given.
Poor individuals versus the group ‘poor’
According to Bono, singer-songwriter and philanthropist, “Where you live should not determine whether you live or whether you die.” This is shown in the
Reporter Dylan Kerrigan (source) states, “People can come forward with their examples of individual success stories but it doesn’t change the fact that while some individuals break the cycle, the group ‘poor’ on the whole cannot break the cycle and capitalism is designed to function in that precise way.”
How poor people become successful
The element of choice
Choosing the road less travelled
The road less travelled is an idiom that originated from the poem The Road Not Taken written by Robert Frost in 1920. The expression is used to describe the tough journey persons must experience in order to achieve goals that require a lot of effort, energy and patience from them.
The persons must act independently freeing themselves from the conformity of others who choose to take the road more often travelled (source). So, while some people
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Success stories of persons who were poor in T&T
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Some people choose to have a defeatist mindset believing that being poor is a curse that cannot be broken while others understand that choice and action are the main factors needed for change. As long as you understand that your situation can be different if you make the right move, then you would suddenly spot opportunities when they arise and do what you have to do with them. This is not as easy as it sounds and that is why it is called the road less travelled.
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