The Problem With A Handout Mentality

It seems kind, caring and compassionate – helping out someone who’s going through a tough time – and there are certainly many natural disasters, war, famine and other unforseen circumstances that require us to give generously to those in need.

Unfortunately, many of our best laid plans have turned a seeming ‘act of kindness’ into an emotional cage that many cannot escape.

I overheard a conversation on Saturday that made me bristle. An obviously healthy young man was bragging to his buddy “I know there are plenty of places I could find work, but why would I want to spend 40 hours a week making $20k a year when I can sit at home and collect $15k in unemployment”. Much like humans feeding wild animals cause them to no longer have the desire to forage for their own, handouts without any cost or consequences to stimulate the desire to improve lead to a distorted world view.

Like Newton’s law – bodies at rest tend to stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. Left to my own devices, I’m a normal human – lazy. I need hunger, fear, desire for love and acceptance, etc. to motivate me. One of the reasons we began StartupandRun.com was to share our experiences and help motivate others. For years I knew there was significant income to be made as an affiliate marketer but it took a financial downturn to spur me to actually start making things happen…

If you’re looking for a little extra motivation check out Ed Dale’s 30 Day Challenge. I went through it 2 years ago and still refer to the info.

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  1. Patricia April 26, 2010

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