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Poverty is (not) a Hindrance to Success

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3 months ago
Topics: Life, Reality, Poverty, Prompt

"Poverty is not a hindrance to success."

Ever since I was young, I have heard that famous quote a lot of times already. It has been a topic or a debate in our school also. Our teachers let us write an essay about it. They would let us do activities related to that saying.

They would also let us read rugs to riches stories like the famous Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, and the former business tycoon Henry Sy.

Growing up, I believed in that famous quote that poverty is not a hindrance to success. And poverty is just an excuse of unprivileged people in order to not reach their success.

But the past few days while I was scrolling through Facebook, I saw this photo indicating that poverty is a hindrance to success.

Of course, it gained so much attention and reaction from people. Everyone has different opinions regarding it. Some said that they agree, while others disagree.

Photo from Jerone Avel Cansino on Facebook

I gave a couple of minutes thinking about my argument with that post. I realized that the line was correct.

“Poverty is a hindrance to success.”

Remove the not.

I think most people are aware that because of poverty, so many people are not given the equal opportunities and privileges that other people have. One of the great examples is that people who experience poverty have a hard time going to school and finishing their degrees.

My parents came from not well-off families. They experienced poverty first-hand and they told us their own stories, so since I was young, I already had an idea of what it looks like to be unprivileged.

I am not generalizing my descriptions but I would say that most of the people who experience poverty are like these:

They need to work extra harder than those who are more privileged.

They have no connections so they mostly figure out everything by themselves, especially in the past where the internet was not a thing.

They need to be more resourceful because they do not have everything on hand and they can't buy things in an instant.

They experienced food scarcity or sometimes being unhealthy with the food that they eat because they have no choice but to eat what's just on their table.

They walk most of the time just to go to their school or work because they do not have enough money for transportation and they can’t afford buying their own car as well.

Again, the line says "poverty is a hindrance to success"

According to Google, the synonyms of hindrance are obstacle, interruption, and difficulty.

It is indeed true that poverty is really an obstacle in reaching for success.

Other people may argue, "but Manny Pacquiao and other people are from a very poor situation and yet they still managed to be successful, what are you talking about?"

Well, if you are going to comprehend the line again that poverty is a hindrance to success. It is not impossible, but it is still an obstacle, an interruption, a difficulty that one must endure and escape from in order to attain success.

Let's face the fact that unprivileged people really need to go on difficult battles compared to people with more privileges.

If you don't understand what the quote truly implies, it is either you are privileged, you are blinded by reality, or both.

Photo from StartupBiz Zimbabwe

Closing thoughts

Whatever the case where a person is in, whether he’s experiencing poverty or not, I believe that each one of us are given different challenges in order to achieve our own successes. Poverty is a challenge for many people, but it is definitely not impossible to reach success just because of poverty. I believe in an old Filipino saying that...

“Kung gusto, may paraan. Kung ayaw, maraming dahilan.”

In English, “If there’s a will, there’s a way. If there isn’t a will, there are a lot of reasons.”

There are so many people already who proved that it is not impossible to escape from poverty. I believe that by being determined, putting in consistent hard work, and not giving up can absolutely lift a person from poverty.


This is my entry to the Writing Prompt #9: Success of @JonicaBradley. If you also want to participate in this writing prompt, check out her article or simply read the rules below:

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You are right to point out that there are many examples of rags to riches stories. Most people don't even know that MOST rich people did not inherit their money. They earned it all. Almost all rich people started off poor.

The difference, really, is action. One can either sit around waiting for things to happen, expecting things to happen, or being pissed at someone else that things AREN'T happening, call it unfair, and never get anything. Or they can pull themselves up from their bootstraps, work hard, and LEARN about all the ways to grasp at every single opportunity that is right before them if only they take the time and make the effort to take hold of them.

It is a very simplistic thing, but I have always believed it to be true.

The poor stay poor because they only know how to be poor. The rich get rich because the know how NOT to be poor.

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2 months ago

That's true! And sometimes we are just lazy to work hard but loves to complain. We love easy money. We all want to be successful but love to lie in our bed. :)

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3 months ago

Yup. Sometimes others blame it to someone also on why they are in a poor situation. They blame their parents, government (which is partly true), etc. Blaming may be inevitable, but we shouldn't just complain and blame. We should take action and make an effort.

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3 months ago

“Poverty is a hindrance to success.”

Indeed, I loved the ideas of bitter reality. Being unpreviledge and poor becomes a high problem in credentials, but now it's not anymore. Lot of scholarship raised, proud to say I was one. So the main problem is "Lazziness is a hindrance to success"

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3 months ago

"Lazziness is a hindrance to success"

Definitely. It's called laziness already if you don't take an action to get out of poverty. Some just also keeps on complaining and blame others because they are put in that situation. Congrats for being a scholar! I study in a public university and people call us iska/isko, so I guess I can count myself as an scholar too since walang binabayaran. Just kidding. 😅

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3 months ago

I also believe that Poverty is a hindrance to success. Hindi lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng pribilihiyo at mga oportunidad. Lalo na ngayon, na pag mahirap ka lang, wala ka talaga. Palaging kang nasa hulihan.

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3 months ago

True. People look down on you if they know that you're unprivileged. Kahit nga sa appearance or yung outfit is hindi masyado maayos, some people will really judge. Where's the humanity and the equality? 😩

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3 months ago

There is no excuse for failure at all, just as poverty has no excuse.

No one can give excuses of being unsuccessful because they are cure. It's not about being rich. It's all about making it in any sphere or any where we find ourselves.

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3 months ago

I'll jump off from the point of education because many are of the mindset that to become a success, one needs a college or university degree, which in itself presents the challenge or hindrance for someone poor because of cost.

In truth, technical-vocational training can equip one with enough skills that will lead to employment. And it does not cost as much as a college degree. Personally, I think working a blue-collar job or one that utilizes skills teaches work ethics that are usually not taught in schools.

And getting work experience in a field you are truly interested in or passionate about will motivate you to do your best and learn as much as you can about the trade or business. If you still feel the need to get a degree, you can do so later in which case you will enjoy studying more and would've hopefully saved up to fund your education.

In this scenario, since finances are usually the biggest hindrance to success, an alternative is presented to navigate the obstacles resulting from poverty that will hopefully lead to a better life.

So, is poverty a hindrance to success or not? It's a matter of perspective and mindset, I guess.

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3 months ago

It is a hindrance in my opinion. Because as you've mentioned, finances are usually the biggest hindrance to success. And poverty is the state of being insufficient with finances. It's up to the person's mindset, work ethics, and plans in order to escape from it. But in order to escape that, they have to work extra harder than those who are more privileged.

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3 months ago

Yes, the poor must often work harder, but the more privileged in truth, are not always successful.

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3 months ago

Yes practically speaking, we always heard that poverty is not a hindrance to success but in reality, it's sad since there are a lot of people who have difficulties to reach their dreams because of the poverty, of being poor.

If you have a determination and dedication to strive more until you reach your ambitions and dreams the
there's a big possibility you will be successful even you belong to the poor...

God bless you..🙏❤️

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3 months ago

Exactly my point. God bless you also!

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3 months ago

I agree with this, Poverty is a hindrance to achieving success. People who are poorer and have lesser privileges will have to double or triple their efforts to achieve what they want in life. But their success will always be sweeter tho. 😹

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3 months ago

But their success will always be sweeter tho.

Agree! Because they worked SO hard for it. Compared to others who are from rich families and are going to inherit the family business, something like that. I'm not saying that they didn't work hard. It's just that people with less privilege work extra harder.

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3 months ago

May point ka sis. Lalo na sa sitwasyon natin ngayon. Pahirapan na lalo ang pag-aaral. Pero kung may determinasyon at dedikasyon ka na makamit mo ang iyong pangarap, may maraming paraan na pweding gawin. Magsumikap lang.💪

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3 months ago

Oo. Dapat talaga may determinasyon. If sa pag-aaral, medyo mahirap ngayon kasi online class. Mahirap para sa mga walang access sa internet or gadgets. If work, I think mas maraming opportunity ngayon because of online jobs.

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3 months ago

I think poverty is really a hindrance pero that doesnt mean na kailangan natin sumuko. If the poor overcome this difficulty, this person is ready to any curcumtances kasi sanay na sya eh sanay sa hirap and kahit sa ginhawa sanay parin sya magtipid at gawin ang mga nakasanayan nung mahirap pa sya. HAHAAH siguro kaya may kuripot na mayaman kasi nanggaling din sila sa mahirap kaya ganon nalang sila kadamot or katipid. Napaka ganda ng topic na napili, naideliver mo din ito sa mahandang pamamaraan. Napaka linaw at napaka informative. Marami akong natutunan sa article and sana magpatuloy kaparin sa pagsusulat ng mga ganitong topic na nagrereflect sa totoong realidad ng buhay. Ang maganda dito about sa author ay pinakinggan nya ang dalawang panig at nagkaroon ng conclusion. Napakagaling at napaka professional. 💜💜

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3 months ago

If the poor overcome this difficulty, this person is ready to any curcumtances

True! Thank you Kier! Pagbubutihan ko pa.

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3 months ago

I believe in your 1st quoted line, its neither a hindrance nor an excuse

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2 months ago

Reading your article, something struck into my mind. Let's go into the era of traditional education. This is an education where by young people are trained to be like their elders. They weren't taught education until the Islamic education came over.

In those days, I wouldn't want to believe that people are okay and not poor then. Even if one is poor, there are still areas to be successful like Farming. Children and older ones can go into Farming or Blacksmithing and make it big.

It isn't until one is educated before he or she can make it or be successful.

I wouldn't agree that poverty is an hindrance to success. We all have success in many areas and there are ways to make it unless if such person is lazy and not goal oriented.

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3 months ago

We all have different definitions of what success looks like. There are ways to make it to success, but if someone is from a poor state, he can make it but not that easy compared to people with more privileges. That's what I mean. Not everyone are born in a system surrounded with goal-oriented persons. Some needs to start from the very bottom in order to rewire their mindset. It's somehow more difficult for them, especially people back then when internet wasn't a thing.

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3 months ago

This statement is somehow subjective, but I can say straight forward that poverty hinders success at some point. Most of the ppl I know have quite drifted to where they are just because they got going in a considerable situation throughout their lives. Being poor is mentally traumatic. However, there are a lot of people out there who were once poor, and now they are one of the elites. If you want to reach your goal, don't settle for just good. Go for the better and if possible, for the best. Start crawling. A single step is still progress.

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3 months ago

I agree to what this viral post made his point. Poverty is a hindrance to one's success. As a result, they need to work harder almost 24/7 to sustain their studies.

Money is the main issue here. Whether we like it or not, we need money to invest to our future. 🤷‍♀️

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3 months ago

Exactly 💯

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3 months ago

Success and laziness can't be live together. ❤️

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3 months ago

It's all about your attitude. Poverty can be a hindrance if you let it be so. We all have obstacles and hindrances but we must persevere to overcome them.

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3 months ago

Tama tama..kung gusto may paraan ..there's alot of way out there but please choose the right ones.. Nice to meet you po.😊New here and looking forward to you next articles.

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3 months ago

Absolutely. Nice to meet you also and welcome to this platform! Thanks for reading.

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3 months ago

Poverty is not a hindrance if you have a mind set that no matter what happens, no matter how long, no matter the difficult times you will reach to your goal of surviving financially. For me a real success is when you don't stop what you started no matter how hard it is.

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3 months ago

Yeah it's not I saw poverty as a motivator :)

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2 months ago

tama naman ..pero kung sabihin natin na sagabal ang pagiging mahirap nah uh..i guess we should learn to take countermeasures on that...as long as we have goals, poverty will not cross your mind anyhow

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3 months ago

Sagabal ang pagiging mahirap. Pero hindi yun sapat na dahilan para sumuko na lang at isipin na hanggang dun na lang. Having a right mindset and goals will surely lift one person from poverty.

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3 months ago

Amen!

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3 months ago