When I was around 13 years old, some of my teachers started teaching us stuff like, “It’s the government’s responsibility to provide social amenities, security, and jobs”.
As a young boy, something in me was glad. What made me glad was very simple; I started thinking that I would grow up without any stress because it’s the government’s responsibility to do everything for me.
To make matter worse, every four years in my country there’s an election, and this period is usually the best period for most citizens because the political leaders promise everything from how they will give you a job, to how they will make you rich. Even how they will help you impregnate your wife if you have any problem in such area.
That’s how the government makes people poor, and I’ll explain in detail, how that work in this article.
Let me start by sharing with you a powerful statement credited to former US President Ronald Reagan. Reagan was once quoted as saying, “Government doesn’t solve problems. It subsidizes them”. That statement is powerful, even more so because it came right from someone who had been the United States President for 8 years.
The truth is, the government doesn’t solve problems. Especially your personal problems.
Now you see where I’m going; if a blind man promises to take you around a town, and you believe him, then you’re lost because he himself can’t go around the town without help.
When someone who cannot solve your problems promises he would fix your life in four years, and you believe it, then you have a real problem.
That’s what I see happening everywhere around the world. Political leaders promise to fix people’s lives and make them rich. For whatever reason, everyone believes these con men. And because millions of people believe this lie, they relax and wait for some miracles.
At age 22, I announced to my brother that I wanted to stop getting any favor from my father. The reason I decided to stop getting any financial favor from my parents was that, if you know that someone will do something for you, you’re more likely to relax and expect. But if you know that your life depends on you, then you’ll be crazy and do whatever you have to do to fix your life.
As a young guy, I decided I was never going to expect any favor from the government of my country, employers, or even my parents. I took it upon myself to go out to the world, try things, make mistakes, and fail as much as I could.
I wanted to be my own Messiah. Because of this mindset, I couldn’t live like everyone. I had to search for and read every book I could find by anyone who had achieved what I wanted. I read day and night so that I would know how people achieve success.
I got a lot of clues and encouragement. I then went into the business world with one of the most determined spirits you can imagine. Though it was tough. Yes. I had to fail for the first 8 years, but I eventually had my first breakthrough, and my life never remained the same again.
The best way you can get lost is to depend on a blind man for your trip around a city. The best way the government makes its citizens poor is by promising to fix their lives.
Listen. Nobody can solve your personal problems. Someone can give you a job, but no one can make you rich. Even the best government in your country won’t still help you become rich. Becoming rich is a personal thing.
What do I advise you to do?
First, take full responsibility for your life.
It’s your life and you’re the only one who cares about it. No one else does, not even the government who promises you Heaven on Earth.
I know that taking responsibility for our lives isn’t easy. It’s a lot easier to relax and expect someone to help us out because we’re all lazy in facing difficult situations. However, if you understand that no one truly cares about you, you’ll do whatever it takes to fix your own life.
Second, stop complaining about the government.
For example, would you ever complain about the blind’s man inability to take you around the town? No. You won’t complain because the blind man cannot help you in a new town because he cannot even help himself. Complaining against the government is a waste of your time, believe me.
Why bother yourself about someone who cannot help you? Instead of complaining that a blind man cannot take you around a new town, it’s better not to expect anything from him to start with.
The time and energy most people waste complaining are enough to get them started on solving their financial problems.
Third, believe in yourself.
The reason most people look up to others is that they don’t believe in themselves. Why do you think you need someone to give you a job for 35 years?
Why do you think you need a government to make you rich? It’s because you think you cannot do it by yourself, which is another lie most people believe.
Your limitations are not reality. The society you grew up in and the people you hang around conditioned your limitations.
You can change your reality simply by changing your life.
In conclusion, the government makes millions of people poor by promising them what they cannot do. It’s like a blind promising to drive you around the town. If you believe him, you do so at your own peril.
Your life is in your hand. You’re the only one who can help you. Stop expecting any miracle from the government. The government doesn’t solve problems
They simply talk about it.