What you can buy… In fact, it’s dangerous to use items that one or a group of people can buy as a tool for judging if one is poor or not. But we live in that danger all the time. To judge whether one of us is having a better life or not items s/he can buy are counted, and we all want to look better-off in life than to feel better-off or be better-off in practice. So, chances are in a bid to appear better-off we buy items that are not really functional but those that can help us to stand up in a better league with others.
Poverty on the other hand, we can learn from lottery winners, can only end through functional items we may either acquire of build in our lives. It doesn’t end through what we can buy or the capacity to buy the items we buy. We need to bring in functional items into our hands. Those items may include our own education, assets that can cash in or help in that process, than items that can cash out as liabilities and among other things.
On the other hand, money getting into our hands do not go up as a result of nonfunctional items we put into our hands. They are just priceless relics, and they are expensive for the record. The confusion is most of the things that we call assets are not really assets they are just items we can buy, losing much in the process of buying them.
The pressure and the education out there quickly is there to teach us that those nonfunctional items we acquire are functional. We learn to defend our acquisitions just as we defend subconsciously an addiction. We love to own much useless stuff and stand out in the competition of owning them useless stuff. The cost is always hefty.
As we put more and more unfunctional things that can help us to stand up nonstop, we build a habit. A spending habit. The most poor among us think that it’s a habit for those who have much to spend. But the button line is we are only losing more to what can never bring it back. While this all happen we are making it even harder to realise our potential in life. We just go below average. We just learn to complain about money buying less stuff. Yet we don’t care about money buying useful stuff.
Function is not buying ten bags with the same colour under the same label and in the same edition and buy again more in the next edition before you are done with the ten old colours. We just pile things in our lives that drains our financial potential because we don’t want to look poor and it’s wrong. Being poor or rich is only mistakenly measured in terms of how much you can acquire. Those things visible to them. So that you don’t stand out visibly poor but visibly rich.
Sellers have found their way to advertise so that we can only buy because we are inclined to buy. In fact, buying stuff is one of the things we are expected to do by the society and we must do it. We respond to this expectation very well. And when we do we don’t do it mostly to bring functional things in our lives. We fill our garages with toys our kids can never have the chance to put their hands on because of their quantity.
The end result… someone can quickly and cleanly rise from being a street kid into someone well ahead. In some instances, although this doesn’t usually, this happened in our history.
I remember picking something from my own family here. Me (born 1995) and siblings (2000, 2006) grew up in an African village and, while we were in one of the well-to-do families in the village we were not well-to-do enough to have the luxury of owning personal computers. Yet my parents’ family planning pattern was the first of this kind in the village. At 20, I owned my first PC. Sister (2000), owned her first Mac at 20 as well as it was a requirement for the University degree.
In some cases, and this can be the case with some other fellows I managed to know during my years at College, laptops, if not for writing assignments and reading stuff to do with exams laptops can also be just for gaming and watching pirated movies.
So, I faced a hard time convincing sister to get to know the App Store and discover softwares (free or trial) that are for accounting stuff as she pursued in that field until I gave up. Mobile data was getting cheaper and cheaper and also faster enough.
Sometimes we can have a functional item in your hands. But there is not going to be anyone to daily deliver a “what’s next manual” to us. That being said we also acquire functional items. But rather allow them to exist in our hands without serving their function, or very little of their function.
If the item in one’s hands serves all its functional purposes it cease to be an item or an ‘asset’ to become a resource. That transition into it being a resource is chiefly driven by availability of consciousness.
- Why you have it (that item) now, then, of all the people, etc?
- What it can give you?
- What you must do with it?
Above are important important questions. They must run subconsciously in us as we own or think about owning not only items but resources. An owner of resources don’t care about how fast and how latest-edition it is. S/he simply looks into not the things he wanna do but the things he must do through his/her resources and do them.
Are you acquiring anything you are with a mindset of a carpenter buying a toolbox with hammers and other of his best tools?