Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly.

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The world is full of opportunities but the POOR sees challenges in every opportunity instead of opportunities in every challenge. As the author of The Richest Man in Babylon, George S. Clason said “Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared.” The unprepared can spot the opportunities around them as they see a problem in every challenge instead of seeing it as an opportunity. POOR is an acronym for Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly. The co-founder of the multinational technology conglomerate, Alibaba Group, Jack Ma described what it means to be POOR and what serving POOR people looks like. He reacts:

Tell them about your good ideas, they think it’s a trap.

Tell them it’s a small investment, they’ll say no budgets.

Tell them to come in big, they’ll say “get out of my office”.

Tell them try new things, they’ll say no experience.

Tell them it’s traditional business, they’ll say not aligned with our business.

Tell them it’s a new business model, they’ll say it’s too risky.

Tell them to run a shop, they’ll say boss won’t allow.

Tell them run new business process, they’ll say no expertise.

They do have somethings in common: They love to ask google, listen to kiss-assers who are as hopeless as them, they think more than an university professor and do less than a blind man.

Just ask them, what can they do. They won’t be able to answer you. My conclusion: Instead of your heart beats faster, why not you just act faster a bit; instead of just thinking about it, why not do something about it. Companies fail because on one common behaviour: Their Whole Life is About Waiting for someone to take the blame and them to take the credit.

POOR people are experts in the waiting game, they live in someday isle, critiquing the doer and inaction is their way of life. POOR people have possibility blindness, they do not see what is possible with their life and even if they come across wealth they are still poor. Most of us are so poor that the only thing we have in life is riches. Being poor goes beyond material wealth, it is a state of mind that makes the individual fear taking risks and one of their favorite words is “It can’t work”. How far one goes in life is directed by the people one surrounds oneself with and the energy that one allows into the environment.


Being poor is not necessarily a lack of material wealth but more about the mindset. There are lots of rich people who are material wealthy but that is the only thing that they have. Financial riches does not equate to happiness, fulfilment or personal satisfaction. There also lots of financially poor people who are fulfilled, happy and somewhat satisfied with their life. The late founder of the Vanguard Mutual Fund Group, John C. Bogle shares a story in his book,  Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life, that points to the difference between being financially wealthy and being contented with what you have. He writes:

At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch-22 over its whole history. Heller responds: “Yes, but I have something he will never have . . . enough.

“ The great game of life is not about money; it is about doing your best to join the battle to build anew ourselves, our communities, our nation, and our world.”


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