These past two weeks Gwyneth Paltrow got verbally slaughtered on the internet for attempting to walk in the shoes of those collecting food stamps. While it got her a lot of publicity, it may not have gotten her the positive press she was hoping to get. The Huffington Post and many others wrote about the controversy of pretending to live on $29 a week versus the actual reality.
Gwyneth’s net worth is estimated to be $140,000,000 million dollars. What infuriated people was the fact that a wealthy person would pretend to walk in their shoes for only a week, while maintaining her 9-figure safety net. To them, her attempt to live in someone’s shoes for $29 was more like a slap in the face.
I agree. Wealthy people, please refrain from pretending when you have a safety net to go back to. You couldn’t possibly understand what’s it’s like to be homeless and live below your means, including lack of food.
I’ve been on both sides of the coin. More below (including a special coupon to the course that came about my homelessness).
Not too long ago, three employed males went under cover for an entire week, posing as homeless people. You can read their article here. They wanted to know what it was like and while they did help a woman and her four children get off the streets, pretending to be homeless for a week is hardly knowing what it’s like to be hopeless while being homeless.
Homelessness is not only about lack of food and nutrition, lack of safety and warmth and clean clothes and overall hygiene, being homeless is a matter of HOPELESSNESS. That’s the real issue.
And unless a wealthy person can fathom what it’s like to be hopeless because of homelessness, all of this pretending is just a media ploy.
I have experienced both – the world of plenty and the world of poverty. I’ve been a multi-millionaire eating out 7 days a week and I was homeless for 7 months living on an apple a day while finding shelter in my car. I’m a woman and homelessness for women is a whole different story than it is for men. We can’t get out of the car in the middle of the night and pee onto a tree. And safety is a whole other issue, as is hygiene.
This podcast is all about seeing both sides of the story. Poor people often judge and hate on wealthy people. And wealthy people often look down on poor people for not being willing to work hard.
Neither jealousy and anger nor judgement and arrogance will solve the challenge of poverty.
I am sharing my personal story of how I became homeless, what it was like and how I picked myself up by the bootstraps and turned my life around. I went from driving luxury cars and living in waterfront properties and while serving the 1% population of the super wealthy (helping them make even more money) to losing it all. It wasn’t until I was at my lowest that I found my true calling, which still meant to serve the 1%-ers of the world, but rather than helping them make more money, today I get to help them achieve personal transformation and realignments of their personal values. You can read more about my consulting services here.
I wouldn’t trade my time as a homeless person for anything! And at the same time I would not want to be homeless again. However, I also know that I would be okay if I ever had to sleep in the car again and I would be okay with this. My sense of value comes from a completely different place today and the treasures I have found along the way is permanent and can never be removed or destroyed by anything or anyone. I have found true wealth. And I want you to have it too!
For those who are interested in creating your own courses with $0 investment (other than the course fee), you can use this special 50% discount code. This is how I made my fortune before (different subject and topic), and this is how I am enjoying living a lifestyle today that allows me to live anywhere I choose to, while working as little or as much as I want to, with whom I want to.
The key to true freedom and inner peace is to be about your highest mission – whatever that is – while remaining unattached to money or poverty. Both are just states of mind and opportunities to be possessive and obsessive about outer wealth. Instead use money or poverty to help build your character.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller