Poor man’s mind, rich man’s mind

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Mor­ris Mpala

THE poor will al­ways re­main poorer and the rich will al­ways get richer. Poor ten­den­cies breed poverty. Think rich and you will be rich. Dwell on poverty and you will be poor. Chances of re­main­ing poor when you are neg­a­tive are very high. Chances of get­ting richer are higher when you are pos­i­tive. Why are com­mu­ni­ties still in poverty when they had chil­dren, their lead­ers and some com­pa­nies do­ing so well?

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the King­dom of Heaven. Poverty in spirit is dif­fer­ent from poor at­ti­tudes. Self­less­ness is dif­fer­ent from dwelling on poverty.

What you are does not mean it’s what you would be be­cause there is a mind, which is a game changer. How rich/poor you be­come is by and large cor­re­lated to your think­ing. The dif­fer­ence between you and Bill Gates is not the bil­lions but the mind­set.

The big­gest as­set is the mind or the big­gest down­fall is the mind. Jose Mour­inho (Manch­ester United man­ager) men­tally de­feats his op­po­nents be­fore even the match has been played. He bul­lies the op­po­si­tion man­agers (es­pe­cially Arse­nal man­ager, Arsene Wenger).

They call them mind games but MoB Cap­i­tal calls them win­ning tac­tics. Muham­mad Ali called him­self the great­est be­fore he even won many box­ing matches.

His sense of be­lief in him­self was amaz­ing even to the ex­tent of be­liev­ing he was the pret­ti­est but not the smartest (of course).

He so much dwelled on his pos­i­tive at­tributes. He re­ally mo­ti­vated him­self and didn’t wait to be mo­ti­vated and it worked. He is the great­est and was ar­guably the most dec­o­rated heavy­weight boxer of all time. He told him­self he was and he be­came just that.

Be­ing apolo­getic, shy and hav­ing ex­cuses or feel­ing pity for your­self would not change your poor sta­tus quo. In fact it will worsen it. Get up, get pos­i­tive and con­quer the world be­cause it’s ready for your tak­ing.

The world is tired wait­ing for you to take your right­ful place just change your think­ing.

Funny how you can’t vi­su­alise poverty it just hap­pens but on the other side be­ing rich you can see it be­fore it hap­pens. Be­ing rich here is in the broader sense of your fi­nan­cial well be­ing. The power of the mind is amaz­ing.

We ac­cept poor traits to the detri­ment of our fi­nan­cial well be­ing. We mourn, com­plain, fear a lot, lower stan­dards, eas­ily con­tent, neg­a­tive and yet com­plain of poverty. A state of the mind de­ter­mined the lat­i­tude and it still does.

You spend so much time in poverty then you will get poverty stricken. The more you sur­round your­self with peo­ple with a giv­ing up men­tal­ity the more you sink. You can’t ex­pect to be a win­ner when you spend time with losers. Spend time think­ing about what you want to be­come not what you are or what you don’t what to be. Spend more time with peo­ple that chal­lenge you and up­lift you and that is in­fec­tious. Sur­round your­self with av­er­age per­form­ers then you will re­main medi­ocre and you have your­self to blame.

How do you learn when there are no lessons to be de­rived from your sur­round­ings? Idea bank­rupt friends will lead to poverty in no time.

An in­spi­ra­tional speaker talks about spend­ing 33 per­cent of your time with those be­low you so that it makes you feel good about your­self. The other 33 per­cent of your time spend it with your peers to gauge how great you are do­ing in your life. The re­main­der of your time spend with peo­ple who are 10 times more than what you are so that you can learn from them. That is the balance you are look­ing for in your life.

Same en­vi­ron­ment breeds same think­ing and that cul­ti­vates stunted growth. Com­fort zones cre­ated are havens for re­duced growth.

You will be as­sured to re­main static if you don’t seek mo­ti­va­tion that is chal­leng­ing enough.

Stim­u­late your think­ing buds to un­lock value in a per­sonal man­ner by in­ter­act­ing with crowds that push your bound­aries. Like the Holy Book says bad com­pany cor­rupts good morals.

The mind bog­gles with all these NGOs and in­ter­ven­tion meth­ods our com­mu­ni­ties still re­main poverty stricken. With all Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives still ru­ral peo­ple re­main poor. With all in­no­va­tive ideas of fund­ing and crowd fund­ing non-ur­ban ar­eas still haven’t caught onto it.

Who is to blame? How come ur­ban ar­eas are ea­ger and faster in as­sim­i­lat­ing such ini­tia­tives? It can only be a cul­ture chal­lenge. A warped cul­ture won’t change any­thing on the ground.

As long as the mind isn’t yet ready noth­ing will change on the ground in a mil­lion years. Our cul­ture to­wards poverty al­le­vi­a­tion both the giver and the re­cip­i­ent needs relook.

Which­ever way some­thing is wrong be­cause we are still poor when we started poor de­spite nu­mer­ous in­ter­ven­tions for a very long pe­riod of time.

Is it be­cause our spir­its are so poverty stricken that we don’t even want to imag­ine any­thing other than poverty.

MoB Cap­i­tal is a mi­cro­fi­nance in­sti­tu­tion (MFI), which is in a poverty al­le­vi­a­tion sec­tor. How many MFIs do we have in the coun­try? Has MoB Cap­i­tal and oth­ers al­le­vi­ated poverty in our com­mu­ni­ties? Are firms like MoB Cap­i­tal to blame or its com­mu­ni­ties that are so in­struc­tion proof that they never take nec­es­sary ad­vice se­ri­ously?

He (she) who wants more to come out of poverty even­tu­ally does as they say where there is a will a way will be found. Those that want it (riches) so much even­tu­ally get it.

In ad­di­tion I know I can­not stop thoughts cross­ing through my mind but thoughts that will linger on in my mind that I will con­trol go­ing for­ward be­cause I have the power to. For as a man thin­keth so he shall be.



Mor­ris Mpala is the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of MOB Cap­i­tal Lim­ited, a Bu­l­awayo head­quar­tered mi­cro-finance in­sti­tu­tion with foot­print across the coun­try.

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