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Why people remain poor

29 September 2014, 15:27 Edwin Macharia

Nairobi - A lot of rhetoric has been given as to why people remain poor such as bad governance, poor living standards and corruption. People will always look for a scapegoat for all their problems and blame it even on the least logical cause.

But today, I dare say the reason why people always remain poor is because of themselves. Yes that’s it! The person you see in the mirror is the person preventing you from developing and achieving your full potential.

A story was once told of a certain company where one early morning workers reported to work to be greeted with a notice on the gate saying the person who hindered their promotions and development was dead. At first, they were sad because one of their colleagues was dead but later curiosity got the better of them and they started wondering who it that was.

This led to a lot of commotion at the company as people tried to look inside the coffin to see who it was that was stopping their development. Security personnel had to be called in to control the rowdy crowd.

But as each person looked inside the coffin, each left with a very surprised face. Inside the coffin was a mirror and as each person looked inside, they saw their own reflection in the mirror and a note alongside the mirror saying, "The only person that could stop your growth and development is yourself."

Many people do not have the self drive and motivation that can help them to achieve success; they will always look for someone or something to blame.

It is the high time each and every person had the drive to achieve what they desire. That way, a lot of things will get done leading to a viable economy that is able to totally satisfy the living standards of all the people and ensure that poverty is eradicated for good in this beautiful country of ours and the world over.

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