31 Jan
Pros of Being Self-Reliant
Cons of Being Self-Reliant
You aren't indebted.It is hard. 
It builds confidence. It is less stressful not to take responsibility for oneself. 
Teaches your children to rely on themselves. You may not have the option to be self-reliant. 
You don't need to rely on anyone else. You may have to pinch your pennies. 
You will feel more secure. It may not make sense to be self-reliant.
Harder to be manipulated. It can be overwhelming.
It is less paperwork. You may have to get a job or stick with a job you hate. 

The Cambridge dictionary states that being self-reliant is "not needing help or support from other people." Many in the world see no pros to being self-reliant. I view this situation as tragic. Realizing this dilemma, I share pros to shed more light on this topic. Don't worry; I will also add in the cons. 

Pros of Being Self-Reliant 

  1. You aren't indebted. I loathe owing people. It feels like a piece of my freedom is taken, and I am in bondage. Although you may not feel the same way about debt, let's face it, the more you owe, the less freedom you enjoy. 
  2. It builds confidence. You got this! You can get what you need on your own. You have given yourself incredible power. 
  3. You will teach your children to rely on themselves. Do you want your kids to be living in your basement for years? Do you want your children getting on unemployment so they can stay home and scroll on their phones? If you don't want this, the best way to teach them is by example. If you want self-reliant kids, you need to be a self-reliant adult. 
  4. You don't need to rely on anyone else. You don't need government, your parents, or friends to survive. You become the master of your life. 
  5. You will feel more secure.  It feels so good to know that you don't need to worry because you can support yourself. 
  6. It is fulfilling.  This is a fulfillment only found by those who are self-reliant. 
  7. Harder to be manipulated. When you depend on others for necessities, they set the rules. Sometimes these rules are manipulative. A great way to avoid this is to become self-sufficient. 
  8. It is less paperwork. Applying for welfare programs includes paperwork. Avoid the hassle and learn how to live off of what you make. 

Cons of Being Self-Reliant

  1. It is hard! Becoming self-reliant takes effort, discipline, and consistency. 
  2. It is less stressful not to take on responsibility for oneself. It is nice to put your burdens on family, friends, and the government. 
  3. There are times when everyone needs to rely on someone else. Many out there would give anything to be self-reliant. However, disability, catastrophe, and extenuating circumstances make this unrealistic. If you really need help, others are there for you.  
  4. You will have to pinch your pennies You will have to put wants on the shelf.
  5. It can be overwhelming. Supporting yourself and a family is daunting. Especially when the cost of living is rising, and work is hard to find. 
  6. There are government programs, family, and friends that will give help. It doesn't make sense on paper to be self-reliant. Why get a job when you qualify for unemployment? Why not take advantage of WIC so you can have more spending money? Why not live with family for free and not worry about rent? Why not receive money from a friend to pay a bill?
  7. You may have to get a job or stick with a job you hate. This is a hard reality. 

"Our goal is to help the world make decisions with a list of Pros and Cons. We invite all to add to our lists to help others make the most educated decision possible. We are all in this world together to help each other and learn from what others have learned from their lives journey." - Pros and Cons Team

Written By: Kristen  

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