3 Corrosive Habits to Avoid When You Are Broke

Being broke is not a plaque. But some behaviors can make it a plaque.

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Nobody wants to be broke. Whether it’s from poor planning, an emergency, being born poor or being scammed, being broke is crap. But your mindset can make it impossible to change things if you’re not careful. Here are three things you must avoid if you want to turn things around.


Complaining is extremely corrosive both for your wealth and your health.

Many personal development professionals teach the Law of Attraction, which states “like poles attract.” In other words, focusing on something makes it expand. Complaining attracts more of the things you are complaining about.

And the more you complain, the more you become a living, breathing “crap magnet.” You probably won’t notice for a while because crap accumulates slowly, but that’s why complainers have a tough life.

Don’t complain. Look for positives to attract positives. Turn your problems into opportunities. Stop whining and start attracting success.


Being broke makes you an expert at blaming.

You will blame anyone and anything for being poor. Your friends, your spouse, your government, society, the economy, your employer, your employees, your manager, your brokers, even God and the universe in general.

There’s always someone or something to blame, but blame is pointless. It doesn’t solve the problem because, no matter how much you believe there is a problem with whatever you are condemning, YOU are the problem.

Accept your situation and move on. Take time to understand yourself. Remember that success comes from being responsible and finding solutions.


The flip side of the blame game is justification.

If you’re not blaming something for being poor, you’ll be busy trying to prove why your situation isn’t your fault. You’ll find a million excuses, though you’ll call them reasons. Guess what? It doesn’t matter.

Everyone faces challenges. Many successful investors, artists, actors, and others have faced the same (or tougher) challenges as you. They’re successful because they didn’t look for excuses; they found their way out.

For example, Jon Morrow- a copywriter and blogger who can’t move any body part apart from his lips and eyes. Yes, his hands, arms, legs, and feet are almost totally paralyzed yet he lives an amazing life. He runs an excellent blog where his articles are read by over 5million people. Beethoven is another good example: an astounding composer despite being deaf.

Don’t give excuses when you face challenges: justifying limits you from seeing opportunities; which are everywhere. Try to adjust your things from time to time. Be patient and manage your time and available resources well and you will be surprised by the results.

The bottom line

Being broke is the best time to stop complaining, blaming and justifying and start generating positive energy. Do you want to be more successful, financially literate, happier and attract “true” love in your life? Take the right action. Don’t settle for being broke. Dream big and you will be able to think big. Thinking big means the universe will offer great opportunities.

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