Society has set you up with steady employment, perhaps some health insurance and a handful of vacation days if you’re lucky. You go to work, put in your time, and get your pay. Go to work, put in your time, and get your pay. But is this really insurance against poverty? Absolutely not. It puts a roof over your head and that’s something to be grateful for. But it’s living and surviving. It’s certainly not insurance against poverty; it’s certainly not a permanent cure.

Something more than employment and environment is necessary. There are so many stories of men and women who’ve started out in life with everything they could possibly want, only to one day find themselves out of work and poverty stricken of heart.

This evening, I had a craving for cupcakes. Usually, when I have a craving, I end up going from store to store looking for something that no one has.

I vowed tonight would be different. The supermarket would definitely have cupcakes.

They didn’t.

The corner store has TONS of cakes and candies. They will definitely have cupcakes.

They didn’t.

Ok, it’s not like there are dozens of stores around like when I lived in Queens. This is Westchester and it looks like Walgreens is going to be my last chance at cupcakes.

Wait! There’s a new Dunkin Donuts right across the street from there!

I headed toward Walgreens: It was looking like I’d get my cupcakes after all.

As it turns out, Walgreens DID have cupcakes, but only  packs of two…two tiny ones. So I changed things up. A couple of Boston Crème donuts from next door should do the trick.

I went in there and ordered the donuts. I asked for a Boston Creme and then we couldn’t find a second kind I wanted so I asked them to just give me a second Boston Creme.

There were three employees all hanging out by the register. The two women rang up my order and took my money while the guy gathered my donuts and handed me the bag.

“Thanks,” I said as I took the bag from him.

In retrospect, I remember feeling like the bag was unusually heavy. But I didn’t connect the feeling with words at the time.

I gathered my change from the cashier and left Dunkin Donuts, happy with my cupcake replacement.

When I reached my car, I opened the bag and what I saw didn’t make sense at first: there were FOUR donuts in the bag!

I waited a moment for the information to process in my mind and from within me came the explanation: it was the same thing I’ve seen many times over the years: disgruntled workers doing small things like giving away food to show passive defiance for their bosses at jobs they wished they weren’t at.

I’m not making this stuff up. Not long ago, I’d just come out from watching Tony Robbins at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City. I went over to one of the seminar registration booths and asked to borrow a piece of paper. The woman inside the booth handed me a small pad. I asked if I could keep it and she hesitated. Then she made up her mind and said, “yes, you keep it. To heck with everyone here.”

Another time I was in Wendy’s and the cashier gave me free food. I asked her, “Are you sure it’s ok?” To which she replied, “yes, my boss never gives me any leeway…so I do things like this to get back at her.”

Society has set you up with steady employment.  But it’s the journey to personal power that will lead you to discovering self-autonomy in your life.

Keith Matthew has been teaching personal development and wealth building techniques for 17 years. Visit to sign up for a Free 7-Day Success Workshop.