Let me inform you: I’m not rich. I don’t own a mansion, I don’t own a fleet or cars, I don’t have millions of dollars in the bank, I don’t have a maid, and I don’t own a ton of businesses. But what I do have is a goal and the drive to get to where I’m going…and I’m not gonna let anyone or anything stop me. It may be a long road but to be honest with you, I have been receiving some amazing blessings along the way which makes me push even harder to have success. Of course, material things don’t have the ability to make me happy but I’m not gonna fake the funk; I like nice things just like everybody else.
But what drives me crazy is when broke people talk a good game about what they wanna do but they’re not willing to put forth the effort to do it. I’m not saying that there’s something wrong with people who are going thru struggles. I’m not saying that at all. We’re human. We’ve all been thru a lot of struggles and sometimes it gets hard to maintain your head above water. Believe me, I know a lot about that kind of life. But struggles are not supposed to last for the rest of your life. And yes, sometimes we make foolish decisions that can cause us a headache but God always provide us with a way to fix a situation.
However, it’s ridiculous when broke people have the resources to do better but yet, they don’t take full advantage of them. So therefore, they end up staying in BROKEville. It would be more understandable for a broke person to be broke simply because they don’t have any means or opportunities to have a better life. But 99.9 percent of the time, broke people remain broke because they live off of excuses and they don’t try hard enough. Welp, if you are one of those individuals that don’t do anything but complain about being broke, here are a few helpful tips to encourage you to make a change:
1. STOP taking your last dime and spending it on foolishness. Quit running ya’ ass to the corner store, spending your last five dollars on crap that you don’t even need. Doritoes, Beer, Black & Milds, and Jolly Ranchers are not going anywhere. Take that five dollars and save it for something else.
2. Stop saying, “Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do.” That’s been the broke person’s anthem for years to come. If you are doing what you gotta do, that’s because you’re not doing what you should do. Stop contaminating your mindset with those words and work on doing better so that way, you’ll be doing what you LOVE to do.
3. Stop living above your means. You know damn well that you don’t need to be buying a Louis Vuitton purse when you are making Taco Bell money. You can’t even afford to buy a fake Louis Vuitton. So get a grip.
4. Stop renting overpriced furniture and flat screen TV’s from rental places. You’re only buying that crap so that you can show it off to people who really don’t like you that much.
5. Quit complaining about ya’ damn job! You know doggone well that your boss came from the pits of hell and that she likes to micromanage her employees as if they’re kids. She’s miserable as hell and mad because she ain’t got a man although she’s been praying for one. So instead of complaining, look for somewhere else to work so that you can be removed from her tentacles. I know that the economy is crap but keep on looking. And if all else fails, take the money THAT YOU WERE ABOUT TO WASTE ON A NEW HAIR WEAVE and apply that money to a business venture of your own.
6. Just because you saw your favorite celebrity sporting Ray-Ban sunglasses doesn’t mean that you need to run out and get you a pair. They’re nice but if you can’t afford them with the kind of money that you make, leave them alone. Translation: Don’t go broke trying to live the glamorous life.
7. STOP SLEEPING ALL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How in the hell do you expect to be successful when all you do is lay in the bed and watch reruns of The Golden Girls?!?!?! You should be starting your day at either 5 or 6am in the morning. You can’t afford to go to sleep because you can’t afford to be broke.
8. Don’t take ya’ damn income tax check and spend it on a living room set. You know damn well that you are knee-deep in debt and your student loans are in default. So use that money wisely. You may not be able to pay off everything with that one check but you can at least pay off ONE thing. Translation: DO RIGHT.
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