it’s hard to be a hustler, pt ii

I realize I posted a Thrice video earlier this week but I think this video & song are a bit relevant to this notion of escaping the poverty mindset and succeeding as a hustler (or whatever you’d call it in your given culture).

I keep swinging my hand through a swarm of bees cause I …
I want honey on my table
But I never get it right … no I never get it right
I keep swinging my hand through in swarm of bees
I can’t understand why they’re stinging me
But I’ll do what I want, I’ll do it what I please
I’ll do it again till I got what I need
I’ll rip and smash through the hornet’s nest
Don’t they understand I deserve the best
And I’ll do what I want, I’ll do it what I please
I’ll do it again till I got what I need

Black Honey by Thrice

There is more to the challenge of the poverty mindset than what I mentioned in the last article. In part 1 I wrote a little bit about the internal challenge of negativity and how that bled out into specific ill-will to those around it (kind of like swinging our naked hand in a swarm of bees if everyone around you shares that poverty mindset). It also works itself out in our actions in other ways too though.

For one, the poverty mindset traps us into always looking for quick solutions rather than taking the time to do the hard work necessary to succeed. Success is rarely found in some sort of a get rich quick” scheme (although luck sometimes wins out in particular circumstances). We aren’t likely to strike honey” aimlessly swinging our hand in a beehive. And we definitely won’t if we aren’t willing to do anything at all, choosing to wait for the mystical answer instead.

And unfortunately people trapped in the poverty mindset seem to think they know all the answers and that there is only one certain or specific way. I’ve had so many conversations where I’ll say, Have you thought of this idea?” Where this mindset comes into play I’m met with blank stares unwilling to even consider that idea as an option: Yes but if this happened… But sometimes we are going to have to get creative if we are going to succeed. We may need to listen to goofy ideas or alternate opinions.

A final aspect of this poverty mindset I’ll mention is best summed up in the line, I’ll rip and smash through the hornet’s nest, don’t they understand I deserve the best”. It’s an attitude that says I deserve everything for free (you should pay me for the privilege to train as example) and I’ll burn the ship down if it doesn’t work out like this.” This works itself out in different ways. To name three more: sabotaging fellow business owners, attempting to take advantage of unsuspecting foreigners, accruing debt you know you won’t pay back.

For our work this is an ongoing challenge in some of the places we go. I’ve had numerous people try to take advantage of us. In some locations there is an ingrained perspective that expects us to pay people to train them (while they jump from training meal ticket to training meal ticket not ever implementing anything they learned: I once talked to a guy that had been trained in church planting through 10 different organization and had no designs to actually plant a church himself). I’m not against subsidization (I’m quite for it in fact - it’s something we typically do) but there has got to be ownership and desire to see success.

I think my big take away from this part ii is that people that hustle break free of this poverty mindset by ceasing to tie their success to the whims of others and instead put on a ridiculous looking bee suit before swinging their hand out in a swarm of bees.

(and yes, I know the Thrice song as a whole is about something a bit more political)

May 26, 2016 · poverty · worldview · Culture


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