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Poverty: A Driving Force For Creativity And Entrepreneurialism

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For some, their most creative moments come from poverty, despair, or depression. Studies show that these emotions or state of beings may not be linked to bringing about the most creative and spectacular merits. But that's not to say that they aren't related. Some stories suggest that one's mental illness (say bipolar disorder or schizophrenia) boosts or aides them in creative fields such as music, painting, or the arts.

This debate has been prevalent since the times of the great Greek philosophers, Aristotle in particular. But I would go as far to say that poverty is just as much a factor in creativity as much as depression or mental illness. PsychologyToday suggests:

"some artists and writers admit to engaging in their craft as a kind of auto-therapy for depression (a more healthy coping mechanism than booze but lots of artists and writers use that, too!). So depression (or the effort to avoid depression) may provide an incentive to do creative work that wards off melancholia."

Since late 2007, just before Obama became our Nation's President, more American's experienced a form of poverty they had never experienced before. They lost their homes, struggled to put food on the table, and more. But to avoid making this about economics or monetary funds, let's look at the unemployment rate vs. the number of entrepreneurs in the country.

The unemployment rate at the end of 2007 was at 5.0%. Throughout 2008 all the way to the end of 2013, that number rose to 7.0%, peaking at 10.0%. According to Forbes, in 2012, this nation has seen a record high in startups (or entrepreneurialism) than it has ever experienced before.

So based on the information provided, one could assume or conclude that when poverty's ugly face reveals itself, the people get creative and fight back by taking matters into their own hands and starting a business of their own. This course of action, however, has many risks and downsides to it. Albeit, a little creativity can go a long way. So don't be discouraged when things are not looking up for your bank account. Instead channel that downfall into a passion that you have been putting off for all these years; the money will follow.


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