Refuse to let poverty define you

By Bahiyah Shabazz, MBA

“Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.” ~ Stephen Covey

Self Worth

Self Worth (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

If you reflect on your childhood, you had many goals and aspirations. For some of you dreams were a close reality. You didn’t have limitations on your life and expected everyone around you to feel the same way. Then you become a teenager and drastically yearn to become an adult; unbeknownst to you adulthood came with responsibilities, work and disappointments. As you grew up, reality kicked in.

Others began to share their opinion of you with you. Naturally, you began to place heavy emphasis on what and how others felt about you instead of how you felt and thought of yourself.

No one ever grows up to wish their life crumble in front of their very own eyes. During this time, it’s not unheard to see someone go from being financially secure to living in poverty in a matter of moments.  When you think about many of us are only two paychecks from losing everything.

This is such a harsh reality…

Your world doesn’t have to stop if you lose your job, house or spouse. You are still able to pick up the pieces and move on with your life. Life is what you make of it!

You’ve heard the saying “turn lemons into lemonade”. All you need to do is believe in yourself.

Your current situation doesn’t have to reflect your future.


Who are you and what do you represent

There is so much meaning in a name, thought and presentation. You may have walked next to someone who lived in poverty, but you didn’t know it because of his disposition.  He carried himself as if he was entitled to a certain lifestyle. The entitlement didn’t seem arrogant or condescending, but a sense of self worth. He knew who he was and what he had to offer in life. He also knew and believed that his current state was only temporary.

You can lose everything, but you will never lose your self worth.  Your self worth will allow you to pick yourself up, learn from your experience, and move forward with a positive attitude. Self worth allows you to embrace the change in your life and share with others.  Your self worth enables you to believe that you are capable of the best and deserve the best.

Does everyone realize their self worth? Absolutely, not but you can learn.

Analyze yourself

  • Focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses.
  • What is good about you?
  • What fears do you need to overcome?
  • Why do you base your feelings from others’ opinions?
  • What have you done in the past to be successful?
  • What concerns you about your life?
  • What are you willing to do to dig yourself out of the rut?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What is your core belief system?

By answering these questions, it will allow you to get yourself back on the path to success.  What you hold in the core of your belief system is what defines you, not your mistakes or current financial situation.  Now think of what you would do if you were able to do anything, now DO IT!



“Love yourself enough to support yourself.” Bahiyah Shabazz


9 thoughts on “Refuse to let poverty define you

  1. Just a refreshing post to read and one that many should visit and ask those questions. Often we see people reflecting on their childhood blaming the fact that they had it bad and that is why they are where they are. We are all in charge of our own destiny and we can move, hop and change it at any moment. Great post.. will share with my fans. Cheers Mr.CBB

  2. Charles R. Swindoll said; “The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.” I think both you and he hit on a key point, that the only real power have is how we are responding to life. Thanks for the post.

  3. EXCELLENT ADVICE! I’ve been there and I know. Self worth, faith, determination, focus and courage will help anyone overcome their situation. If we let our negative situations be fuel to propel us in the right direction we will be in line towards a better future. It may not be easy but it will certainly be worth while.


  4. Great post! The more I think about the answer to the question the more I realize how much control I have over my money and goals. There was a time when I hit rock bottom but I refused to stay down.

    Thanks again!

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