Poverty is the scarcity or the lack of a certain amount of material possessions or money.

Is there any anything sweet about poverty?

Before I answer that question,  let’s consider the bitter and ugly side of poverty.

Statistics has it that almost 50% of people in the world today live on less than $2.50 per day.

Poverty is an enemy of mankind and one of the greatest fear of man. There is no plague that has affected man in life than poverty.

That less than 50% of people live on less than $2.50 per day implies that more than 50% of world population is affected by poverty.

Unlike any other plague known to man, it has the highest negative impact on man.

Because of the miseries and tragedies associated with poverty, no one would want to experience it.

I was born into a poor family. I hate poverty more than you do but there is something I discovered about poverty no one talks about.

Poverty Is a Motivation 

One of the core nature of every man is the tendency to move away from an uncomfortable zone to a comfortable zone.

The major desire of anyone affected by lack and want is to move from lack and want  to riches.

This desire creates an urgency and the need for a change in the mind of the individual affected by poverty and by that turns it into a motivation that drives him into action.

With the picture in his mind for a better tomorrow, he imbibe the spirit of destiny and purpose

Most of the great men who lived on the face of this planet and those that are still living were born and raised in poverty and lack.


For instance

Charley Chaplin’s childhood was one of lack and hardship.


As his father was absent and his mother struggled financially, he was sent to a work house twice before the age of nine.

When he was 14, his mother was committed to a mental asylum.

Chaplin began performing at an early age, touring music halls and later working as a stage actor and comedian.

At 26 he became one of the highest paid people in the world.

His eventual trajectory from rags to riches was the most dramatic of all rags to riches stories ever told.

Tyler Perry turned from being homeless to a multi—millionaire in three years.

Tyler Perry  is an American director, screen writer, and comedian. In 2011, Forbes listed him as highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million USD between may 2010 and 2011.

Robert Kiyosaki, the founder of Rich Dad company was transformed from being homeless to a millionaire in two years.

Benjamin Franklin, the founding father of the United States of America was not born in a wealthy family yet he is one the American greatest men.

These men, because of their insatiable hunger to change their lives, were able to explore, take risks and discover their potentials and by that change their lives and the world..

It Prepares People For Greatness 

Children that are born into poverty have higher tendency to possess a sense of responsibility and leadership than those born into riches.

They possess more drive and obsession for greatness.

The hard way is the best way in life. Poverty trains people on the hard way to live.

It is very true that the hard way is the way everyone must pass through to achieve success and true greatness

The lessons derived while living in poverty have prepared many great men for greatness.

Any man who rises from poverty to riches will always :

  1. Have more exciting and impactful story to tell about his life experiences.
  2. Be more thankful.
  3. Regard and help the poor.
  4. Serve as inspiration to the poor.


” If you are born poor, it’s not your fault but if you remain poor, it is your fault”

If you are born into poverty, you are born to be great.

God almighty is more interested in the poor than he is interested in the rich.

“He lifted the poor from the dust and the needy out of the dung hill “—psalm 113

Being born into lack and want isn’t a reason to feel inferior and dejected, rather convert  it to your motivation and change your life just like others did.

Is this not the Sweet side of poverty?

You can make your comments, suggestions or ask any question.

I will be glad to reply.

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Oscar Nelson

I am Oscar Nelson, a chemical engineering technologist by profession and a passionate blogger. I live in the eastern part of Nigeria. I love motivational books and videos and I enjoy teaching people how to be successful in life. I started this blog as a result of the passion and drive I have for success and the resentment I have for poverty and mediocrity.SUCCESS is a mindset. To be successful in life, you have to first of all program your mind for success. Poverty is my motivation!

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