What Is The Contrast Between Extreme Poverty And Extreme Wealth?

I recently returned from Mumbai which I have to admit was extraordinary for several reasons. What a place and I have never been anywhere like it in my life. Formerly known as Bombay until 1955 There are over 22 million people in the city which lies on the West coast of India.

Mumbai is known also bizarrely as the wealthiest city in India! I say bizarrely because as you arrive at Mumbai airport and drive towards the city you pass some of the largest slums or shanty towns you will ever see. In fact it also boasts the largest shanty town in the world as seen on the film Slum Dog Millionaire. However in parallel to this fact it also has the largest number of millionaires and billionaires of any city in India.

There is high unemployment within an infrastructure that is creaking at the seams, political unrest with several migrant communities in a country where there are over 1500 different languages and several different cultures. Despite all of this Mumbai is the commercial, financial and entertainment capital of India and one of the worlds top ten commercial centers.

With all of this said, the people I met from a variety of different backgrounds, despite the hard life many of them lead, are amongst the most friendly and caring people I have ever met. They work hard for the betterment of others as well as themselves. I witnessed this specifically within a school we visited as part of a charity I am involved with. The school takes in young boys and girls from the shanty towns in the immediate areas and educates them together from the age of around 4 years old to 15, feeding them, making sure they have a uniform and providing everything they will need to get on in their education.

All of this is quite humbling when you consider what we get here in the UK. We have a system that looks after our health, educates our children and hands out money to those who are struggling. In contrast our struggles are nothing in comparison.

So where am I going with this? Well here we are always striving to do better and earn more. That is why I got involved in the Partnership to Success programme. We invest money and then start the process of setting up a business following the coaching that John Thornhill provides us with. I guess that if you are struggling to make your online business work then you are encouraged to seek help from the network that you are part of and for that reason you should not hesitate to ask for help if you need it.

The other issue is that we can find a few spare pounds to buy into these opportunities and we should remember that we are lucky to be able to do so. So don’t sit back and moan that it is too difficult. Take action and make the best of your investment, don’t squander it. You can be rest assured that if you lived in Mumbai and had nothing you would literally die for the opportunity and grab it with both hands. Good luck and keep at it!!


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