5 Reasons Why Most Hard Working People Are Poor

I remember growing up in the village and being called “Lazy” by my parents and siblings

just because I couldn’t do much of physical works.


“Be hard-working” was a good advice those days because most professions of the day,

like farming and hunting needed physical strengths.


In today’s world however, most people with physical strengths are broke and there are

5 reasons for that;


No. 1 Hardworking people usually depend more on

their bones Because of how our forefathers lived, at the

time when physical strength is the most important for war, hunting and farming, they had paid

attention to only physical fitness and advice their children to be hardworking, meaning

to work physically hard.


As the world changes, we no longer need to fight every day for our survival, nor do we

need to be hunters or use physical strengths for farming.


Instead, we need innovations and improvements and that’s what we’re willing to pay for.

The problem with the people who have much physical strength is that, they are likely

to believe that they have something very significant, especially if they grow up in an environment

where they were praised for hard labour.


Because these people think they have strong bones, they are much likely to pay less attention

to their brains, their thinking power.


A hard working person simply believes he can work his way into success but that’s not



What’s the truth?

The era of bone is gone.


We’re in the era of brain.


It no longer matters how hard you can work, but how hard you can think.

Consider the following; WhatsApp is a mobile application created in

2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum and sold for Facebook in the year 2014 for 19 billion



YouTube was a platform created Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in the year 2005

and sold for YouTube in 2006 for 1.65 billion dollars.


How long or hard can you work to earn 19 billion dollars?

How long or hard can you work to save 1.6 billion dollars?

Stop depending so much on your physical strengths.


Start building and depending on your mental strengths.


The world has changed.


It’s no longer about bones.


It’s now about brain.

No. 2 Hardworking people sell a very limited resource

I know a man who lived and worked very hard in the United States for 20 years and still

remains broke.


That’s not a big deal as 78% of American adults live from paycheck to paycheck.


But why is this so?

This is so because many hardworking people are selling a very limited resource; TIME.

Selling time in exchange for money is the worst financial strategy and that’s what

most people do.


The rich don’t sell their time.


They sell value.

The difference is this; Time is limited, value is not because it can easily be duplicated.

Let me give you some examples.


McDonald was founded on15th of April 1955 by Ray Kroc.


From that single man and single location McDonald was duplicated to 5,669 company-owned locations

and 31,230 franchise across the globe.


This is only possible because McDonald is a value so it’s easy to duplicate, hence,

you can make limitless amount of money in the process.


Here’s another example.


Microsoft is a software company and the meaning of that is, the company can create a valuable

software and duplicate it into 50 million copies, then make billions of dollars along

the line.


Look at your iPhones, your clothes and your cars.


They are all single creation, duplicated in millions.


The guys who designed them only worked hard for a period of time and delegate the work

of duplication for years and years to come.


That’s how the rich make money and this is only possible because the rich sell value,

not time.


You can’t duplicate your time because you can’t have 25 hours in a day, so if you

are selling your time for money, you can’t be rich, no matter how hard you work.


What is the way out?

If you learn how to solve human problems by creating values through a product or service,

then, you can duplicate your solutions into millions other copies and make limitless money

along the line.


No. 3

Hard work prevents you from thinking Jim Rohn once said, “Work harder on yourself

than you work on your job” The problem with working hard is that, you’ll

have no time for self-development, none will you have much time to think.


Henry Ford said, “Thinking is the hardest work there’s and that’s why only few people

do it”.


Job shouldn’t be your hardest work, self-development and thinking should be.

Do I mean you shouldn’t work hard?



I simply mean you should work hard on the right thing.

Work hard to improve your mind.


Take time for meditation and creative thinking If you’re so busy working a job or business

that you have no time to be alone with yourself, think and evaluate your life, you can’t

be rich, no matter how hard you work, I’m sorry.




No. 4 Hard work stops you from getting financial

education Robert Kiyosaki said, “The problem with

job is that, it keeps you from getting rich” The problem with job isn’t the low pay.


If it’s just about low pay, there are many jobs that pay you well.


The real problem is that, you have no time to get financial education.

I know a man who rarely have time to sit down with his wife because he’s working hard

to make more money.


The problem about this is that, the less you know about money, the poorer you’ll be.

You’re as rich as your Financial IQ.


You’re as rich as how much you know about money.

You want more money?

Increase your financial IQ.


Read or listen to audio books about money 30 minutes every day for the next one year

and tell me what happens to you.

Unfortunately, most people are too busy working for money that they can’t learn how money



No. 5

You can’t build wealth with two hands

Most people have two hands.

I’m yet to see a man with 10 hands and that’s a problem because with two hands and one brain,

what you can do is very limited.


Let me explain.


You see, you can never see any rich person who doesn’t have tens and hundreds of people

working for him.


The reason is because, you can’t be rich with two hands and one brain.

You need hundreds of hands and tens of brains to create wealth.

What’s the way out?





Leverage is what makes the rich rich.

You must learn how to use other people’s hands, brains and resources if you want to

be rich.


Stop depending on your bones.

Improve your brain’s power instead.

Work harder on yourself than you work on your job.

Beware of selling time.


Sell value instead