I came across this tips on how to remain poor by Prof Makau. Although its funny but is true most people look for get rich quick schemes and handouts from friends, big uncles, aunties, daddies and mummies without actually taking out time to help themselves. You can never be successful if you do these stuffs and if you are too proud to learn new stuffs. I have modified some to throw more light. *wink*
*1. _Never wake up early._* Keep stretching and turning in bed until you get too hungry to continue dozing. If there are no bed bugs, why hurry to get up? ( A little sleep, a liitle slumber so shall thy poverty find you. Laziness is the architect of sleeping all day with no zeal or motivation to work.)
*2. _Never plan how to spend your money._* Whenever you get money, start spending it right away and when it’s finished, you try to count and recall how you spent it.( Don’t we all do this? And when you don’t you are called stingy and tight with money. Planning brings about success).
*3. _Don’t think of saving until you have real big money._* How can you save when you earn so little? Those telling you to save are not sympathetic to your burning needs. ( A culture of saving is one of the best principles successful people live by and that is why they are successful.)
*4. _Don’t engage in activities usually reserved for the “uneducated”._* How can you, a graduate, engage in petty trade, network marketing or home-based production? That’s for people who never went to school! ( Pride can bring poverty with a lightening speed.)
*5. _Don’t think of starting a business until an angel comes from heaven and gives you capital._* How do they expect you to invest before you get millions? Even though more than half the businesses in your town were started with little capital, you as a smart person can only start with millions. ( This is for dreamers, waiting to have millions before becoming productive. Do not despise little beginnings.)
*6. _Complain about everything except your own attitude and laziness._* Blame the system, the government and the banks that refused to lend you money. They are all bad and do not want you to get rich.( Also blame the rate of unemployment because you are too lazy to be innovative.)
*7. _Spend more than you earn._* To achieve this, buy consumer products on credit and keep borrowing from friends and employers. ( This has to do with lifestyle. It is called keeping up appearances? Who are you trying to impress anyway? )
*8. _Compete in dressing._* Make sure you’re wearing the latest clothes. Intimidate the congregation with your trendy fashions every Sunday. Whenever your neighbour buys a new phone, you get one that is more expensive. ( This one is pure foolishness and self- deceit).
*9. _Get yourself a nice second hand car_* that costs more than three times your yearly salary. ( Some people think it is a symbol of class to do this or live in a fancy house that they can’t afford to pay the rent. Why not just cut your coat according to your size. )
*10. _Give your children everything they ask for since you’re such a loving parent._* They should not struggle for anything because you do not want them to suffer that way, they will grow up lazy and hence poor enough to ensure they can’t help you at old age. (Some parents take pride in saying their children were spoilt with material things or that their children never lacked anything. They are raising spoilt brats who won’t help them in the future and may eventually run down their parents empire. )