Is Poverty A Hindrance To Success?

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Poverty – the big problem that every country and everyone in the world faced or is now facing. Someone usually argues that poverty is the biggest hindrance that people have to deal with to succeed as we cannot do anything even go to school without money.

However, is poverty a real hindrance to success?

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Poverty Is A Disadvantage

The answer is “No”, poverty may be a disadvantage but is not really an obstacle to our success. It is undeniable that having any amount of money will provide people with a higher chance to be successful.

When people have money, everything is easier, their children can receive a better education while studying at famous and expensive universities all over the world. They can have enough budget to start up a company instead of calling for funds from “sharks”, which is usually extremely hard work.

Wealth Does Not Gurantee Success

Wealth is not a firm guarantee for the success of everyone; with money, people tend to hit targets more easily but it does not mean they automatically be successful in life.

Children who come from rich families are taught to “think bigger” and have a wider vision when their parents can make their dreams come true. For example, only wealthy kids can invest in stocks and make a profit from them while poor children are busy worrying about what they will eat today, where they will sleep tonight.

When you are poor, you do not even have a chance to go to school and have qualifications or you cannot pay the tuition fee to continue your studies because all of your money is paid for personal necessities such as accommodation, food and clothes. Financial problems have prevented a thousand excellent students from studying at higher education levels.

Poverty Does Not Mean Failure in Life

Nevertheless, this does not mean that poor people cannot become successful. Several people have proved that poor children can still succeed in the future. Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the most successful and popular actors in Hollywood with numerous famous movies like Titanic, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Gatsby, was a poor kid growing up in the countryside of LA.

Being brought up in a poor environment with the existence of drug use and violence around made Leonardo DiCaprio understand the dark side of humanity to represent them excellently in his films. It can be said that coming from a poor family has contributed a big part to his success and was an advantage to him to become the person he is today. Even he has said: “Who am I to talk about this? It goes back to that neighborhood. It came from the fact that I grew up very poor, and I got to see the other side of the spectrum.”

Poverty Is Not An Hindrance to Success

If you are poor, then try harder and harder to succeed. Poverty is not a hindrance to success but laziness and discouragement are. Determination is the biggest key to become successful, when you are determined, nothing can stop you. Then, poverty becomes a chance for you to learn how to be patient and overcome all the difficulties on your own.

Being poor does not mean you do not have the right to dream and make it come true. If life does not give you an opportunity, then create it!

Opportunities do not come to anyone who just stands there and waits for them, they come to the ones who dare to take action. If you do not have enough money to go to school, then study harder to get scholarships, if you do not have enough money to start up a company, then call for funds from rich people. Every problem has its solution to tackle, work hard to find it.

The real obstacle that poverty brings to people is the wrong conception of success and short vision. Poor people usually think that they are not rich because they come from poor families and their parents cannot pay for their dreams. Or when they find jobs, they will want jobs that are highly paid and also cushy. The problem of poverty is actually the problem of education, people had better be taught to have the courage to follow their dreams and work harder instead of blaming circumstances.

I had one of my friends whose name is Hung, he comes from a poor family that nearly did not have enough money for him to continue his studies at university. However, he overcame this difficulty by studying as hard as he could and excellently got scholarships of $75,000 from four of the most famous universities in the USA – William College, Dartmouth College, Vassar College, Vanderbilt University.

One’s economic background plays a vital role in his or her success; however, poor people can still be successful, and that their poverty does not necessarily prevent them from being successful. Many poor people have succeeded like multi-billionaire Kenny Troutt, Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz, KFC’s founder Harland Sanders.. and thousands of other wealthy people.

Roman Abramovich, a multi-billionaire with stakes in Evraz, Norilsk Nickel, and the UK’s Chelsea soccer team has a net worth of $14 billion, was an orphan growing up in Moscow.

There are a variety of ways for us to escape from poverty and become successful; poverty will never become a hindrance to success when you are determined.

The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles.


Nothing can beat your will and nothing is impossible, being poor is a chance to learn and train yourself if you know how to take full advantage of it. Believe in yourself that you can do it too when other people can do it. Being determined, take risks and success will come to you.

At Project Sprouts, we realize that we can not solve all the problems of poverty in a situation like this. But we can seek to make a difference in the lives of needy children by giving them school supplies and encouraging them to continue their education; we can give them winter coats, boots, and blankets to help them stay warm during the cold winter months.

Project Sprouts would love to have you be a part of our community and help us to help worthy children in North Vietnam. We cannot solve all the world’s problems, but we can do our part to help poor kids grow by giving school supplies, winter coats, boots, and other supplies.

You can find out more about Project Sprouts by clicking here or go to our give now page to donate by clicking here. As we are a grassroots organization, all funds go to help those in need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is poverty a hindrance to success?

Poverty can present significant challenges, such as limited access to education, healthcare, and other resources, which can hinder success. However, it does not make success impossible. Individuals may overcome these obstacles through resilience, hard work, and access to support structures or opportunities.

How can poverty impact access to education?

Poverty can limit access to quality education due to factors such as inability to afford school fees or educational materials, the need to work to support the family, or living in areas with under-resourced schools.

How does poverty affect health, and how might this impact success?

Poverty can lead to poor health due to inadequate nutrition, limited access to healthcare, and living in environments with poor sanitation or high levels of pollution. Poor health can affect school attendance and performance, as well as productivity in later life, potentially hindering success.

Can poverty affect a person’s mindset towards success?

Living in poverty may cause individuals to focus on immediate survival rather than long-term goals, and constant struggle may lead to a sense of hopelessness about future success. However, mindsets can change, especially with access to supportive environments and opportunities.

How does poverty influence one’s social network, and how might this impact success?

Individuals living in poverty might not have access to social networks that provide exposure to various career paths, educational opportunities, or mentorship, which could limit their knowledge about the possibilities for success.

Are there any success stories of individuals overcoming poverty?

Yes, there are many stories of individuals who have overcome poverty to achieve success in various fields. These stories often involve factors such as education, mentorship, personal resilience, and sometimes, luck.

How can access to quality education help overcome poverty’s hindrance to success?

Quality education provides individuals with the knowledge, skills, and qualifications needed to access better-paying job opportunities, thus providing a pathway out of poverty and toward success.

Can government programs help mitigate the hindrance of poverty to success?

Yes, government programs providing healthcare, food assistance, housing, education, and job training can help individuals in poverty overcome some of the obstacles they face in achieving success.

Poverty In Vietnamese Schools And Why We Give School Supplies

Because of the lack of the Vietnamese national budget, numerous Vietnamese schools are still in poor condition, so that many non-profit organizations and companies have given these schools supplies to support the students’ learning. Some schools may even lack basic facilities like proper toilets.

You can learn more by reading Poverty In Vietnamese Schools And Why We Give School Supplies by clicking here.

What Do You Understand By Human Poverty? 6 Reasons

Human poverty is one of those things that can be quite difficult for us to understand. Many groups are trying to eradicate poverty from the face of the earth, but it is not as easy as it sounds.

Many things can cause human poverty. One, of course, is by the lack of money to have a reasonable standard of living. Another is denial or lack of access to opportunities or education. Literacy or the lack of literacy can cause poverty. Also, the lack of job opportunities and proper medical care and the lack of other necessities as proper sanitation.

You can learn more by reading What Do You Understand By Human Poverty? 6 Reasons by clicking here.

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