Some People Are So Poor All They Have Is Money | How Can One Have Money And Still Be Poor? What Does This Really Mean?

Some people are so poor all they have is money; this quote is believed to be attributed to Patrick Meagher and Bob Marley. I’m not certain who the author of that expression was, but for the purposes of the blog post today, it’s the expression that counts, not who said it first or the source of the quote.


The following transcript comes from an interview where Marley’s views regarding money are clearly stated.

Interviewer: Are you a rich man?


Marley: What do you mean, rich?

Interviewer: You have a lot of possessions?

Marley: A lot of money in the bank? – Do possessions make you rich?

Marley: I don’t know that type of richness; my richness is life.


This statement requires that the poor be considered holistically, not only as a matter of money. It takes a look at people who don’t have anything but money, who only consider and focus on their money balance.

If all you are concerned about is wealth, and more wealth is all you care about, then you’re unlikely to be truly happy, full of happiness, no joy or pleasure other than generating more wealth and filling one’s life with automobiles, boats, planes mansions, and other luxurious things.          

It would be a pity to reflect on a person’s life and judge it solely by the numbers in their bank account. The most important aspects of life are not measurable precisely:

  • The quality of love you devote to your partner
  • The intensity of your family relationships
  • What you have contributed to securing a better future for the planet we call home
  • The lives you’ve helped along the way 
  • And the inner peace you have attained. 

Some People Are So Poor All They Have Is Money

I read about the relationship between money and success and how they impact five important aspects of our lives: family, work and health, spirituality, and the influence on society. The conclusion I came to was that success and money are different, but both impact each other; this means that in certain circumstances, money can affect a person’s success, while success can affect how much money you make. These five essential aspects can be used to discover why “some people are so poor” even though they have a lot of money.

In my professional and personal life, I’ve met numerous people who have earned considerable fortunes and are wealthy in other ways. Unfortunately, I’ve also encountered people who, in my opinion, have nothing but money yet have a very low standard of living in other areas of their lives, and to be honest, I sometimes feel like I’m one of them, but hey! That is what ReelNat is all about helping you do better and be better. It certainly has been helping me confront a lot of issues.

How Can One Have Money And Still Be Poor?

When searching the internet for opinions regarding this statement, a few commentators believed that being poor was a sign that you are spiritually deficient. I interpret it to be that they think that someone is spiritually deficient if they are lacking in the areas of human, religious, and social values. Others emphasized that money cannot provide happiness and there are some things money can’t buy, like relationships and values. In addition, they believed that those chasing the all-powerful dollar also sought to be happy in their everyday life because chasing wealth but not chasing happiness would leave you empty and only with money.

Monetarily Successful People

Although successful individuals might be able to sacrifice spirituality, my opinion is that spirituality is rarely in the first place, or is it strong enough at all in people who have to give up this part of their lives?

There are some who are motivated by money and have impacted society in negative ways, whether environmentally or in other ways. The social value area is one in which successful individuals can simply use their wealth to benefit society by simply signing their name on a check; this could be accomplished by donating money to projects that benefit those who are less fortunate or making generous donations to charities even if they are not involved in any personal involvement or giving for the sake of image.

Based on this, I have an impression that those with the perception of being “poor because all they have is money” usually sacrifice health and family to gain their financial wealth.

Sacrificing Family and Health


The issue of health isn’t generally clear; people work so hard to earn money that they indulge in any or all of these, such as not exercising and eating right or drinking enough water, and don’t make time to take care of their mental health, and this frequently leads to poor health, or dying.


For me, family is the most significant casualty for people who are poor, that all they have is money. People are so focused on chasing money or their goals that they have little time for their families. I personally don’t think the majority of people are planning to “sacrifice” their family in the pursuit of financial success; it’s just a matter of time before they take a break to attend a meeting or work for a long weekend to meet deadlines or attend dinner meetings for business, or attend the extra conference to get more business. The pressure to make every penny and the workaholic lifestyle leads to missing the birthday party of your child, teachers and parent meetings, play or dinner with your partner, and your promise to your family when you finished the “big deal”. Then, suddenly, you’re not present as an adult, spouse, or friend; you compensate by purchasing gifts and things rather than giving your time; this is one of my interpretations of “Some people are so poor, all they have is money.”

Life Balance

I believe that some psychologists write 100-page papers on this subject or are “preachy” about it. In my opinion, the major difference between people who had money and weren’t poor and those who had money and were poor was the balance of their lives. They didn’t have to earn that last cent by giving up their time with family to make every bargain. Sure, they would occasionally or even more often work too long or late, and they sacrificed family time when their job or business required it, but in the end, they made sure that they got an evening out with their partner, attended the most children-related events they could, and demonstrated to their children how to be charitable through financial and personal actions, and simply put family time first.

The Paradox of Wealth: When All You Have is Money And Yet Poor 

In an age where material wealth is often the center stage, it’s not uncommon to come across people who appear to have abundant finances but lack in other aspects of their lives. It’s a paradox to be poor that all you have in the world is money, which is a stark reminder that wealth goes beyond financial measures; ReelNat digs deep into the interplay between financial wealth and emotional insufficiency, and explains why people, despite their financial wealth, may find themselves lacking in the richness of a fulfilling life.

It is possible to pursue happiness just as an addict would pursue their next cocaine fix. You can do anything to see if you can be happy; regardless of your approach, it might not bring you happiness.

Actually, the reverse could happen and cause you to be miserable.

If you are seeking happiness just to be happy, there is no purpose in your pursuit. It’s just that you want to be satisfied, but you won’t be content simply by seeking it.

I think that the best way to describe happiness is in this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt.

Happiness isn’t an objective or goal; it’s an outcome of a well-lived life. – It is the pursuit of happiness that makes you unhappy.

The Most Powerful Paradoxes of Life

The Mirage of Prosperity

At first sight, the idea that you have “all the money in the world” might seem like the ideal scenario, but what many people experience is that their wealth is merely a figment of their imagination, concealing deeper, more serious deficiencies. If the sole focus of one’s life is accumulating wealth, other essential aspects of life, like fulfilling relationships, emotional well-being, and a sense of purpose, may be neglected.

Emotional Bankruptcy

Although the bank account might be overflowing, emotional debt may occur when connections to family and friends and mental health are not taken care of. The quest for financial success can consume people to the point that they are unable to spend time with their loved ones, deteriorate their mental well-being, or neglect the value of life’s intangible treasures. In the end, the riches they seek could leave them apathetic in terms of satisfaction and happiness.

If you’ve lost interest in things that you typically enjoy or are unable to feel passionate about most things, then you may be struggling with an attitude of apathy. It can be difficult to deal with; for example, one of the difficulties is identifying the desire to change. You might feel demotivated for many reasons, but ReelNat is here to assist you in identifying the root of the problem and formulate a change plan.

How to Overcome Apathy and Feel Good Again

The Loneliness of Wealth

In a paradox, extreme wealth can result in isolation. Fear of being exploited or being at the mercy of those with ulterior motives could cause a gap between those who are wealthy and the rest of the population. Friendships can become transactional, leaving the rich looking for genuine relationships that go beyond financial transactions.

Materialism vs. Meaning

Accumulating possessions and wealth can give temporary satisfaction, but the gap that is left by a lack of motivation and meaningful experiences remains. True wealth lies in the abundance of personal growth experiences and positive impact on other people’s lives. Anyone who is focused solely on the accumulation of wealth could be missing out on the immense satisfaction that comes from a lifestyle that is lived to the fullest.

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Breaking the Cycle

The process of breaking free of defining prosperity only in terms of money-related success demands a change in thinking. A holistic approach to wealth includes: 

  • Emotional health
  • Real connections
  • Authentic relationships
  • And a sense that you are doing something for a reason, fulfilling purpose can help you live a happier and more fulfilled life. 

Realizing that money is a tool that can be used for creating experiences rather than an end can alter one’s perception of wealth.

The pursuit of money just for the sake of having money isn’t likely to bring you happiness. Consider all the famous people who are wealthy but are also emotionally and socially bankrupt. Do not forget about your health, surround yourself with your loved ones, and make sure you are active in activities you love. Being financially “well off” does not solve all your issues; do not make money, and it becomes a priority that you don’t think about anything else around you. When money has become your idea of success, and you want it to be your ultimate goal, you might have to reconsider your goals; it’s not going to accompany you until the end of time. It’s fine to want to become rich, but don’t become dependent on money to the point where you don’t have anything else. Be around good people, and live your life from your heart; the money will come in time.


In the pursuit of wealth, it’s important to keep in mind that true wealth goes beyond the amount of money in your bank account. The paradox of being so poor that all one has is money serves as a compelling reminder to cultivate a holistic approach to life that values emotional well-being, meaningful connections, and a sense of purpose alongside financial success. In doing so, we can break free from the confines of materialism and embrace a more prosperous, more satisfying existence.

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