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Out of Poverty and Into Success #PODCAST

How to get off welfare

People in poverty need to use their resourcefulness to become independent and free. Believe in yourself, make something of yourself, build something–even if it’s out of nothing. Anyone can do it! Yes, even you! Of Course You!

Listen to my quick 5 minute podcast which will inspire you to get off your butt and into action that will lead you straight to success! Whether you really are struggling financially, or just need a little motivation boost, that’s what I’m here for!

But before you listen, just know that I say all of this coming from a family of poverty and welfare, so I know how difficult it is. But just because something is difficult does not mean that it is impossible. Get to work and make it happen, starting today! If I can break the chain of poverty that has stricken my family, you can too!

Click here to download the podcast mp3.

Thanks for listening. I’d love to hear what you have to say. What are your thoughts on what holds people back from living to their full potential? Please leave a comment below and make sure you click one of those share buttons!

Podcast Transcript:

“I’m driving in my car and I decided to make a podcast about how people like to complain about their life situation, and they want others to take responsibility for them. Poor people want to be taken care of by the government… They want rich people, if they have an extra car, “Why does that rich person have two expensive cars? They should sell one of their cars and [or] give one to me!”

Well what I think is that poor people need to get themselves out of the situation they’re in, and work on a way that they can create the income that they need themselves, and gain independence and freedom from that. You don’t just gain independence and freedom. You gain a sense of accomplishment and pride, and all that kind of stuff as well.

People shouldn’t be expecting anything from anyone else. People need to figure out how to get what they need on their own. Using their own resourcefulness, using their own abilities and talents and skills. Using their brain to gain more knowledge in order to do what it takes to create an income that you can survive off of on your own, instead of needing help from others all the time.

And I say all this coming from a family out of poverty and welfare. People have the abilities to move up, gain more talents, gain more skills, gain more education, and do the things it takes to move up in a career, or move up and out of employment and into their own business.

People can put their own skills and knowledge to use, and create a business out of thin air. And I speak from personal experience. Because I created UpGusto out of thin air, just like I created all my businesses out of thin air. So don’t think that you can’t do it, because you can. If I can do it, you can do it!

So rather than sitting around complaining about your life, and wondering why you’re so unlucky and why you’re not lucky… it’s not about luck. It’s about the actions you’re taking. People need to learn how to take the right actions to get to where you want to go. If you don’t do the right actions, you’re not going to get to the right place. If you do the right things, you’re going to get to the right place.

So it’s all about what you’re going to do, and the way you change what you do is by changing your mindset. You’re not going to do something differently until you start thinking differently. Until you start understanding the truth, and the truth of the matter is that everything that you do on a daily basis is what gets you to where you are.

So if you want to live a better life, it’s time to just simply start making it happen. Stop letting life happen to you. Stop playing the victim. And start being proactive about changing your life and making it better.

You have talents and skills that you can put to use to get what you need out of life and to live a more fulfilling life and to stop living a dependent life, a needy life, start living an independent, autonomous, free life, where you don’t feel tied down to what you’re dependent on.

So start figuring out what it is that you can do differently. Stop doing the same things and expecting different results. Start doing different things that will get you different results. And slowly but surely your life will turn around, and you’ll get what you need out of life if you actually put forth the effort, and stop complaining, and stop whining about how you’re unlucky, and start making your own luck, because that’s what it is.

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So get out there, get working, and do what it takes, and you’ll succeed. You just have to be patient and consistent, and keep trying, and you’ll succeed.”

That photo above is my cat Tommy. This is his first debut on UpGusto. He has lots of great principles and wants to help people like you succeed, so you’ll most likely be seeing a lot of him around here.

Just like Tommy, I want any of you who haven’t yet reached your full potential to reach higher heights than ever before.

Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Here’s my thought question for you today:

What are your thoughts on what holds people back from living to their full potential?

Please leave a comment below to let me know why you think people don’t reach their full potential. Your comments don’t fall on blind eyes. I read every single one!

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Taking Personal Responsibility Empowers You to Accomplish Your Goals


Today I want to talk to you about personal responsibility.

There was a man named Peter. He grew up in a poor family, so he knew he had to work hard and be smart in order to get out of the struggle and not repeat his parents’ fate. He got good grades in school and even studied other trades and business.

Eventually he came to run a successful catering business. He tried to put a lot of his profits back into the business in marketing and advertising, and expanding his business, hiring more employees, giving his employees top-notch benefits and bonuses each year.

But with all the hard work he put into his business, he still earned a large sum every year, so obviously his taxes were high. A portion of Peter’s income that he slaved away to create, was given to the government to use as they see fit. Some of which went to people on welfare.

Welfare in the US was created during the Great Depression in 1935 when 20% of the US population was still unemployed.

And so began the dependence on government aid. And that’s exactly what it’s become.

I say all of this coming from a family of poverty on welfare. So before you start swinging your hammer at me, know that I understand.

George Bernard Shaw, an Irish playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics said that “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

Ever hear that quote?

I’m not saying that people shouldn’t give their fair share. If you have more, then you have more to give.

What I am saying is that government aid not only helps struggling families in their times of need, it also enables a struggling family to continue to be in a lifelong time of need. They know deep down that they will always have the government to lean on if they can’t get ahead, so then they don’t get ahead. Not because they really don’t want to, but because getting ahead really does take a lot of hard work and time. It takes a lot of patience and sacrifice. It’s not easy, so most people think they can’t do it, and not only that, most people know they don’t have to.

So since it’s really hard to do, people think they can’t or won’t be able to, and because they really don’t have to because there is always the government to rely on, they just won’t do it.

Living in poverty has become the status quo for them. They are used to it. It actually becomes comfortable. It seems ironic that living through a constant financial struggle can become comfortable, but it does. Just like the woman who stays in the abusive relationship. It’s familiar.

It’s harmful, but it’s familiar.

What harmful things do you keep doing simply because it’s familiar?

People like to complain about their lives, but then don’t take responsibility. Everyone really has the same hope at succeeding in life, whether that be financially, relationally, physically, or spiritually. But successful people make different choices and take different actions, even in the little things.

What do you want to become successful in? What does success mean to you? Are you going to do what it takes to get there? Are you going to buckle down and get the hard work done? Are you willing to make sacrifices in order to live a better more fulfilling life?

Then stop living the status quo. Start believing in yourself, and start completing the steps it takes to get where you want to be in life.

Do you want to lose 20 pounds? Do you want to have a thriving marriage full of passion? Do you want to be a millionaire? Do you want to start a non-profit organization to help those less fortunate?

What do you want to do with your life?

If you keep blaming your circumstances, your past, your finances, and other people in your life on your current situation, you will never get what you really want out of life.

Once you accept responsibility, that empowers you to take action and begin to make awesome changes in your life. Click to Tweet This!

We are not in control of everything, but everything you have control over, it’s time to take control of it.

Start taking personal responsibility for where you are in life right now, and make the changes necessary to get what you want out of life. What habits can you change right now, even just a little bit, to get closer to your goals?

Do it, starting today.

Now I want to hear from you. In a comment below, please answer this question: What is one habit that you are going to try to change, stop, or create, in order to move forward toward a goal you have?

I’m excited to see your response and what you’re planning on working on. I’d like to help you get there and keep you accountable to your own desires. So write your comment below!

How Relationships Can Make or Break You


The company you keep determines a lot about you, and a lot about how your life will end up.

The most successful people in the world always recommend spending time with the type of people you want to be more like. And there’s a reason for that. Because we are always influenced by the people we spend our time with.

Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

Think about the 5 people you spend the most time with. What are they like? Are they displaying the behaviors and lifestyle you want to be living?

I personally have a lot of people in my life, but I mainly spend time with my husband Kyle and my best friend Rachel. Relatively speaking I spend very little time with anyone else. I have a huge family so my time is spread quite thin with everyone.

I am not a huge networker, although I know there are huge benefits to networking. Even I myself can testify that knowing certain people has helped me out at many times in my life.

However, I am a very independent person and I prefer to not have too many relationships. The reason for this is because I don’t really like to spend time with acquaintances. I don’t like small talk, I prefer deep relationships, and because deep relationships take a lot of time to build, and we only have so much time in our lives, we really can only have so many deep relationships.

Acquaintances are important in life. That’s where the networking thing comes in. But this is not something I specialize in or spend much time doing.

I am an introvert, so I gain more energy by being alone, while extroverts produce more energy by being around people.

I don’t like to be alone all the time. I actually thoroughly enjoy having bonding experiences with others I am close to, doing fun things with them, having discussions about various topics, etc. And I am very rarely ever completely alone.

But I definitely try to shorten the time I spend with people who suck my energy, bring me down, or hold me back, which in my experience is most people.

Don’t get me wrong, I love even those people in my life, in a completely unselfish way. These are the people who I get nothing from being in a relationship with, but I still remain in the relationship.

I do have to set boundaries, though. It is physically draining to be around people who are negative, or simply just live a completely different lifestyle or have a completely different opinion on how one should live their life.

We don’t need to kick these people completely out of our lives. It’s just not practical. However, it is important to stay grounded and true to yourself when you are around these types of people, and be selective about the amount of time you spend with them, and the things you absorb in your mind when they’re talking to you.

Many times, these are the types of people who need our help the most, and yet don’t seem to benefit from our help much, which is part of what makes it exhausting. But it can still be rewarding as well, when you do feel you are making a difference in their lives.

Who Do You Want To Be?

But what I’d really like to talk about is spending time with the people you do relate with. People you do want to model your life after.

If you want to be good with money, spend time with others who are good with their money. Ask them questions. How do they manage their money, bills, spending, saving, etc?

If you want to be good in relationships, spend time with someone who does have good relationships. Chances are it’s not just luck, but choice.

If you want to be good at time management, being on time, being productive, spend time with people who already possess those qualities. Model yourself after them. Copy them. Do what they do. They are the experts in that area.

If you want to be healthy, it’s definitely helpful to hang out with healthy people and do what they do. Most likely they’ll be eating right and doing physical activities which help them stay fit. So if you spend time with healthy people, you’ll most likely end up eating healthier and becoming more active as well.

If you want to become a billionaire, try to find some billionaire friends. That’s not an easy task, I’m sure, so if you’re ever able to have lunch with a billionaire, please leave a comment here letting me know. I’d like to learn how you were able to arrange that meeting!

The point is, if you want to accomplish a certain goal, or become an expert in a certain field, or succeed in a certain aspect of life, then seek out relationships with people who have already succeeded (or are at least a step ahead of you) in that area. Watch them, ask them questions, take notes even. Start thinking like them. Do what they do on a daily basis and most likely you’ll actually be able to get where you want in life, in whatever it is.

Spend too much time with negative people who will put down your ideas and most likely they’ll break your spirit so much that you won’t even be able to get started on the right path.

What you should be doing is spending time with people who have already done it, learn from them, be encouraged and inspired, and that will motivate you and teach you how to get it done!

How has spending time with certain people made you who you are, and what changes are you going to make to align your relationships with your goals? Leave a comment below.

Meet The UpGusto Team

Speaking of networking and relationships, here at UpGusto we’ve been building a team of people who are here to contribute to the discussion, share their wisdom, and help you gain what success means to you.

Shawneen_and_TerrillFirst up is Terrill and Shawneen Burdick who are a husband and wife team. Married 20 years, and still going strong. They are both life coaches and licensed hypnotherapists.

Mayowa_AjisafeAnd the newest member of our team is Mayowa Ajisafe who is a career coach and motivational speaker. So give these lovely people a warm welcome when you see them!

lisha (4)And in case you haven’t read our About page, I’m Lisha Yost and I have a BA in Psychology and a deep passion for helping people live their best lives. I’m the founder of UpGusto and I created UpGusto to help the most people possible move UP in life with GUSTO, and gain what success means to each person individually.

We are always ready to accept qualified people who want to make a difference in people’s lives. If that’s you, feel free to contact us to let us know. You can contribute to the blog, our newsletter, and/or become a part of our personal coaching and support team.