Poverty trains you to take care of necessity but it doesn't train you to look for, expect and prepare for opportunity. It teaches you to downsize your dreams to fit a "hand to mouth" lifestyle. I learned this as a child who grew up in an extended time of poverty as an adolescent. I remember the feelings. I remember the emotional abdication as I adopted the lie of the "haves and have nots", knowing exactly where to categorize myself and my dreams. It wasn't until years later that I would break that mentality and realize I had a choice in life, a choice for my dreams. I call it the "Dream Factor." I could either down-size my dreams or up-size my income. I chose the latter. I realized that our job will never fund our dreams if they are of any significance. But, the choice of most people is to down-size their dream to fit their income. I decided to keep up-sizing my income to enable my dreams. I learned the power of and ways to build multiple streams of income. I could serve my divine calling and still keep my dreams. I learned to give, save, budget, practice contentment, invest, look at and seize opportunities, manage time, create value, increase value, buy real estate, sacrifice immediate pleasure for long term enjoyment, etc. I trained myself in what poverty had not trained me. Yes, i kept my dreams, expanded them a bit, and continue to pursue what I want to possess. Don't down-size your dreams- Up-size your income!