Pride and Poverty

Guest post by Dick Warn

During my years as a rehab counselor, dealing with hard core drunks and deadbeats, all of my clients were far below the poverty line. None of them were dumb. In fact, several of the most brilliant minds I have ever known were among the 120 men I dealt with. What they lacked was clear vision and common sense.

These men didn’t understand how little they understood, and they refused to accept the obvious. From their point of view, everything that held them back was caused by something else or someone else. They had put themselves right where they were, but pride altered their sight. They were too proud to admit their own role in playing the cards they were dealt. 

One common challenge all counselors have is trying to reach people who refuse to see reality and accept responsibility for what they have done to themselves. Most people have to totally bottom out (lose all of their pride), before they become humble enough to learn.

Pride and poverty don’t get along, yet they often live together.

Dick Warn is the author of The Miracle Minute, a weekly email sent free to readers around the world.  His latest book, Mystical Mentor can be previewed at



Posted on July 14, 2013, in Blogging Authors, Writing & Publishing. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Accepting responsibility definitely is a major part of turning things around. When someone is unwilling to see how their own action caused their current circumstances it can be difficult to change… says I talking from experience 🙂

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