LETTER: Poverty should be the spur to be successful

2017-03-23 06:03

Many people have given up on their dreams because poverty stands in the way of their success.

This has been the reality for many people, including friends and families who decided to stop attending school or universities because they didn’t have food or money as their families were overwhelmed by poverty.

For many of those that have given up because of poverty, living standards have worsened.

People who quit school or university because of poverty are leading miserable lives. They mostly blame themselves for the failure to achieve.

So giving up because of poverty is not a justifiable reason but an excuse.

Many may want to argue against such a statement, saying I don’t know their hard situations.

My answer is simple: I know real life experience where both parents were killed in front of their 16-year-old son.

Poverty was rife but due to his resilience, he now owns a restaurant called Mellisa’s in the V&A Waterfront.

Nothing comes easy and that is life. Poverty should be the reason to encourage the person in you to want to succeed and be out of poverty.

The desire to be successful must be greater than the reason to quit due to poverty.

In fact people who are not willing to do hard work to get out of poverty are mostly willing to make babies without realizing they are passing over the poverty to the next generation.

Those people are embracing defeat and are selling out.

People must learn to be self- motivated, to be prepared to work extra hard than others.

They must dedicate their efforts on valuable things to add value.

Stop wandering around people who see obstacles only.

People must stop playing the poverty card as it does not work anymore.

Poor or rich, Black or White, nothing is impossible.

Participating in illegal activities because one is impoverished, is not beneficial, nor a solution.

The reality is that once a person has a criminal record, its difficult to find work.

Its high time we see reality for what it is.

Many who have been born in poverty have come up on top.

How did they do it?

Determination, dedication and hard work is the only solution and a recipe for success.

You are not the first to live in poverty and you may not be the last. The choice lies upon you to choose to stay in poverty or to get out of it.

Sicelo mboni Mfuleni

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