Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Support or Not To Support

To support or not

"It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets."

-- Douglas Hurd

Are you struggling financially because you are helping another adult who is being irresponsible around money?

Without intending to do so, we can keep people dependent when we are willing to financially rescue them. Enablers typically feel it�s their duty to help out. They may see giving money as an expression of love. Unfortunately, they may lose their own financial security as a result.

As hard as it may be to do, the solution may lie in forcing the dependent to find his or her own way financially. In this case, it�s not selfish to not lend a hand -- it actually serves the highest interests of all. Learning personal responsibility can be a tough road but it�s a necessary one for empowerment.

"Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon them and to let them know that you trust them."

-- Booker T. Washington

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