Does Donald Trump Have a Poverty Mentality?

Does Donald Trump Have a Poverty Mentality? Do you? Do you know what poverty mentality is?

Zig Ziglar quotePoverty mentality is a mindset. It is about money believing that there is never enough. Zig Ziglar, American author, salesman, and motivational speaker, first talked about the poverty mentality during his motivational speeches. He noted that by focusing on what is missing in your life instead of focusing on what you have can only lead to further poverty. A poverty mentality can apply to all people, not just the poor. How many middle and upper class people try keeping up with the Joneses?

Poverty mentality characteristics

People with a poverty mentality are constantly fixated on money. They complain they never have enough. And they don’t have enough because it is someone else’s fault. Their boss does not pay them enough. Or it is the fault of the economy. Or because the government is not helping them.

A poverty mentality can manifest itself in the form of wealth display. Someone who has a poverty mentality does not have a vision of their future. Instead, they focus on the here and now in the form of instant gratification.

“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.” ― Zig Ziglar

Poverty mentality reflects a dislike of rich people. It is a jealousy of the lifestyle, possessions and prosperity displayed by others who have “made it.” It is the jealousy of the “One Percenters” or the Elites who have the gold and make the rules.

Poverty mentality often reflects fear-based decision making. Decisions are based on avoiding failure or losing what they currently have. Fear of failure often prevents people from achieving success in life.

Change your mindset

Changing is never easy. It requires getting out of your comfort zone and doing something new or different. Zig Ziglar was a great motivator helping many to change and create an abundance mindset. The following two quotes sum it up well.

“If standard of living is your major objective, quality of life almost never improves, but if quality 
of life is your number one objective, your standard of living almost always improves.” ― Zig Ziglar

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” ― Zig Ziglar

Having a mindset of abundance is reflected in having a vision of your future. Create a vision of success and an abundant lifestyle. Success should be stated of future goals, not just surviving day-to-day or getting by. With goals or objectives, you can make a plan and execute it. You CAN achieve life-changing income through a home business of your own.

Does Donald Trump Have a Poverty Mentality?

I believe he does. He shows the characteristics. While the amount of his wealth has not been substantiated, he appears constantly motivated by obtaining more. How else can one explain the companies he has started in so many different industries? He has or had companies in industries such as airlines, wine, food, network marketing, casinos, golf, books, classic cars, home furnishings, just to name a few. Mr. Trump has also shown a public dislike for the old money rich and powerful like the Bush and Romney families. Yet he strives to be like them. The expansion into so many different industries may also reflect the fear of losing it all. (Selecting Mr. Trump as an example is based on his public persona and the intense media interest he draws. Political affiliation is not relevant to this discussion.)

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  1. A good article there. It’s always a good thing to remind myself that ultimately we are the one responsible for our success or failure. Working hard and strive towards your goal is the way to go.
    I would like to ask you about the quote by Zig Ziglar. “If standard of living is your major objective, quality of life almost never improves, but if quality of life is your number one objective, your standard of living almost always improves.” What is the difference between standard of living and quality of life?
    Is it correct if I say the standard of living is monetary or our possession of things (big cars, big houses, etc) while quality of life is how happy we spend our life everyday (happy family, not stressed out from work, not having to deal with crappy boss, etc)?

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Isaac. Standard of living is a measure of wealth and comfort (material things) that a person has. Quality of life is more about standards of health, happiness and non-quantifiable measures as you mentioned.

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  2. I have that poverty mentality. I recognized it several years ago and began to work on changing it but progress is slow as that’s what I was raised with. I’m better but I constantly catch myself falling back into old ways and the old mindset. Maybe I should read Zig Ziglar’s’ book.
    While I am here I would like to thank you for your service to our country, sir.
    All the best,
    CathyJo

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    1. Thank you Cathjo! Zig’s books are good. I also recommend Bob Proctor’s book, “You Were Born Rich” because he talks about mindset and expectations. Expect an abundance.

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  3. I totally agree that changing your mentality is one of the most difficult obstacles. Especially getting out of that comfort zone. It’s so easy to stay where you are because it’s safe, but is it really safe or is just what we know? Love to hear your feedback.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Evelyn. Staying in your comfort zone is what we know. People love the status quo. Because of the fear of failure in the present, people are reluctant to take risks. I think people stay where they are because they have no vision of their future. No goals or need to change holds them back. On the other hand, there are those that have the initiative and desire to change. They want a better quality of life. And they look forward to changing with the times. As I have been told, they do not chill, they max out.

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