Be Content!

Philippines
September 21, 2009 6:55am CST
I dunno bout you guys but i was raised from a poor family, well i think really really indigent. Now though we could provide for our basic needs, we still belong to the class of low-income family. I still remember fantasizing of being rich, having a fancy house and a lovely, comfortable room. But with the hardships my family have endured for the last 2 decades, I never wish we were rich to start with. I mean I want to be rich later on in my life but I don't wanna born rich. I guess I always love being financially challenge. Since I never had a golden spoon on my mouth, I know I have to strive to make our ends meet. I still am very inspired to work hard to fulfill my parents dream. I'm happy and contented from where I'm standing, I really believe having a great family makes up for the material things one's lacking. And besides I think if I was born rich, I would lack or probably not have half of my motivation I got at this very moment. What's your point of view? Does financial status contribute to the work ethics of a person?
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16 responses
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
21 Sep 09
people just dont know how to be content these days with the things they have. that is why so many are in debt and spend way more than they can afford. we are fairly poor and have learned to be happy with the things that we have.
@iceydon (342)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
Hi. I think financial status do contibute to the work ethics of a person. But it doesn't mean that all poor men have the determination, desire, and discpline to work hard. And all rich men does n0t care to work hard.Having a great family around helps a lot.
22 Sep 09
yes financial status contribute to the work ethics of a person. because if you have money people will look up at you. you gain more friends especially coming from prominent family. you can have everything you want without thinking what will happen next if i bought this things. but if you are poor everything is less. its because you dont have the round thing that makes the world round. but we who are poor should be proud of who we are because we have much strength than those who are rich. we know how to make things met without much money involved. what we need only is we have to have that contentment of what we have and aspire for more if we wish to succeed on something. since we dont have much money we have more peace of mind than those who are rich. dont ever categorize yourself as poor. i consider people as poor if they are not ready to face life challenges. since you are not. you are rich in my mind and heart. just be content of what you have but still aspire for more as long it wont hurt anyone. thanks for this topic i like it very, very much
@hotsummer (10467)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
yeah we too came from poor familiy. but my parents work hard . my mom a teacher my father selling stuff in the philippines, but it was not easy job for my father to do only that we had food to eat on the table. so in a way my father helped us a lot just my mother did. we are not poor , any more, but we are not rich either. we still have to work every day to have food on the table. but at least we were not so desperate as before, but still we wish to be rich and have better life. it is not easy to work and find a way to earn money. wish money come easy.
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth either, but my parents worked hard to send us to good schools and put food on the table. I pride myself in having good work ethics, but I do not attribute it to my financial status, at least not directly. I can understand where you are coming from since having money would mean that you will the opportunities not open to those financially-challenged people. I think the more important factor is how you make do with the opportunities given by God to you. There are a lot of rich people who have unacceptable work ethics, and vice versa. I salute your parents for bringing up a well-adjusted person.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
22 Sep 09
A good discussion topic!and let me wish you all the best and succes in your endeavours first before I start giving my views on your wonderful topic.I agree that it is the family, the bonding and sense of belonging that is more important than anything else in life.People who have all their basic needs met easily are definitely fortunate and it is easier not to struggle or live a hand to mouth existence.Regarding your last question glechelle, I feel that it is the proper sense of values that have been instilled during one's upbringing that really determines one's motivation levels.Children can be born of affluent families but the attitude to money is cultivated when they are young.There may be minor changes as you progress in life but the basic character is built in childhood itself.If they are spoilt, encouraged not to do their best then their levels of motivation would come down.It is the right sense of attention and nurturing that determine this.People who have been unfortunate to have been thrown in adverse circumstances do shine at times for which also there would have been some motivating factor that was instilled young.
@dens61 (130)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
I am a guy who was fortunately born by a middle class parents - having the simple things in life. I would say that not being born a rich guy is better than being born rich because, as you have said, there are challenges in being poor. You have the pleasure of dreaming and fantasizing what is to be rich and then you get inspired to strive and get out of your poor shell. On the contrary, being born rich, you will have to go and enjoy all the things that you have and not having to dream to inspire yourself to strive to get a better life. Unlike when you're rich you strive to be richer and most of the time that aspiration will cause one to step on other people's toes or rights and be naive of what others are entitled to.
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
Financial status might be one of the factors but not the main reason for the work ethics of a person. I think the character is the most important factor on this matter. Not all rich people are spoon-fed so my opinion would settle on the way they were brought up by their parents. After looking at your profile, i realized that you are pretty. You also have nice choice of words and good grammar. I bet you have a good job with you and hopefully you could achieve your dreams in time. Don't get upset of your past because there is a reason for everything. And everything has its purpose. Use it for your development and be thankful for Him who guided you all the way to where you are.
@junmae (1592)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
Just like you i was also raised from a poor family, very poor thatwe dont even have permanent house to live with. I experienced going to school with my things incomplete and I only have one biscuits and a bottle of water. But my parents are hardworking so from a very poor family now we have our own house with complete appliances, we graduated from college and have our own lives now. I am thankful that i was born poor, because I know I wouldnt be as strong as I am right now if we diddnt struggle for our lives to get better.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
21 Sep 09
....Hi there glechelle, you make a good point. Sometimes or a lot of the time, people who are born rich do something that is self-sacrificing, or work for something, but I think it is so hard for them, because they are used to having what they want and not having to sweat for it. An example of a family who is different and who work hard and contribute are the Kennedys, I believe, they have a different mind set, most of them any way. But when you are born rich, I'm not, :o) so this is speculation, why do you have to work, you have a trust fund? You would probably have to reprogram yourself to work. I notice the Thrump children believe in work, so there are, here and there exceptions to the rule, if there is one. Take it easy.
@hexeduser22 (5853)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
Man learns to value things around him when he is down and lost. It's not enough that you were guided and taught by your parents to value things, sometimes you need experience to understand it's meaning and it's value. This is one of the reason why it is usually the poor who is pumped up and really motivated.:)
21 Sep 09
I believe that if a child is raised in a rich environment, money is never valued: it is simply an entity that is always there when wanted not only for essentials but for unimportant things such as a brand new 50" HDTV or a brand new state of the art computer. A child that grows up in a rich environment I believe would be unable to cope with the idea of budgeting if placed in a poorer environment as an adult. Some people who are placed in a poorer environment from a richer environment can cope. It's really all about how an individual copes with change. A person who is bought up in a poorer environment will no doubt be more appreciative of money and value it highly as a means to get by rather than a means to entertain. The person from the poorer environment will likely to have a more substantial work ethic as they would have had to work in whatever environment they can get to earn a living. Again though, it's all about change management and perception. Could a person bought up in a poorer environment be able to adapt to a richer environment? Would that change the person's work ethic? In other words, if the person suddenly becomes a millionaire, would they want to work anymore?
@asweetie (1188)
• India
21 Sep 09
hi glechelle, I am from a middle class family of north India. We had enough to provide for our needs but not for luxiries . We are lot better now and i would never be content in my life because i have learnt one thing and that is if you are content with your life then there is no motivation left to be better. All the discoveries have been done by the people who were not content and always wanted to do something. Thomas Addision didnt need to keep doing experiments once he earned his money and yet he kept doing it because he was not content what he had. yes family is very important thing but i think the day you feel hey you got enough that is end of your growth. I had real rich friends who just donot stop doing what they are doing. One of the richi rich always worked so hard on his study that he always topped , not because he needs a good job after study but because his prode was involved to top. So it is wrong to say only those who dont have money work hard. i have seen poor being more poor because they dont want to work so they beg..so it is really on person what kind of his mental make up is rather than which family he is born to. I agree rich have life easy but they also have to work and inmost cases work harder to maintain their position in society.
@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
21 Sep 09
i was raise in a family that was well off, but most people never knew this because we did have a big fancsty house or my dad didnt drive super nice cars. we still had to work for our money to teach us, and when i grew up and had some good jobs. my kids got what they needed but things that they wanted they had to work for. after i got hurt and now i dont have much money and my kids are 24 now. they learned from this and now my daughter is the only one at home. she now help us out with money and things. because we taught her responablties
• United States
21 Sep 09
I think we learn a lot about responsibility from our parents or caregivers. If they're hard-workers, they tend to instill this virtue in their children. Having family support is so important for so many people. It can be very difficult sometimes to accomplish things completely on your own. I know I owe my parents a lot of thanks for all of the support they've given to me over the years.
@samson1967 (7422)
• India
21 Sep 09
Generally riches lookdown the poors. But blessed are the poor, as the kingdom of GOD belongs to the poor. The god will always test the poor but never let them down, but the riches will not have test, but god will let them down because of their different attitude towards humankind.