What is "poor thinking"?

"Thinking of the poor" is actually a concept created by success studies, and it does not exist in itself.

The "poor thinking" mentioned by most answers can be basically divided into two types: one is "because their mode of thinking is like this, so they can only be poor"; the other is "because they are poor, so their The mode of thinking can only be like this." In fact, these two statements are a bit specious. Is it the poverty created by the mindset? no. It is more external influences and social factors that create poverty. For example, the difference between urban and rural areas, such as poor traffic, such as the family burden is too heavy. In most cases, if a person is poor, it is only because he cannot get out of the shackles of the previous generation. This is not the fault of his "mode of thinking." In the same way, if a person is poor and his mode of thinking is "poor thinking," it is a bit of inversion of cause and effect. For example, many friends say that the poor do not have the awareness of "exchanging money for time" and "making long-term self-investment." However, the poor do lack money rather than time. They will not be able to tell the truth next month. How can they be asked to do so? Long-term investment and planning?

So, in terms of thinking, what is the biggest difference between the poor and the rich (not so poor)? I think it is a kind of information asymmetry. As the poor, their limitations, such as being far away from big cities, ignorant of the Internet, and ignorance of industry trends, etc., have led to their extremely lack of information. Conversely, the extreme lack of this kind of information makes their thinking become rigid, narrow, and looking forward and backward, leading them to maintain such a state of life throughout their lives, and it is difficult to get out and get rid of poverty.

Many times, we feel that the poor have some commonalities, such as being too eager for quick success and quick gain, superstitious interpersonal, blind impulse, etc., in fact, they are essentially due to the combined effect of two mentalities: one is the "insecurities" of the status quo. The second is "a sense of uncertainty" about future expectations. The combination of these two causes the poor to pay too much attention to the current and obtainable benefits, and to be wary of the long-term, abstract, and costly benefits. In essence, where do these two feelings come from? In fact, they all come from information asymmetry. The insecurity of the status quo is that you are not satisfied with the status quo, but you do not know how to change; the uncertainty of the future is that you expect to change, but you do not know the risks and how to succeed. I have also experienced a period of "poor". Looking back on that period, the biggest experience I have is "restlessness", like a child trapped in a dry well, panicked all day long. You don’t know what will happen tomorrow, you don’t know which direction you should work towards, you don’t dare to change jobs with a very low salary, because you don’t know other industries, you don’t know if there will be pits, and you don’t know how to plan your future. And all of this actually stems from "ignorance."

It is because of ignorance that you always lack confidence, unable to move forward, and can only stay in your comfort zone. What's more terrifying is that because of ignorance, you don't know how to get out of this state, and you don't even know that "you still have a chance to get out of this state." Of course, this is not to say that you can get rid of poverty and become rich if you have enough information. no. This is a necessary condition, not a sufficient condition. But at least, you can avoid
MLM, stock trading, futures, fraud, part-time job...a series of traps and obstacles. You can better plan your future, start to set goals, and start to build confidence in everything around you. Then, is the beginning of the first step.

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