The HOPE Doctrine on Poverty – Rule #1

November, 2014


1. SELF-ESTEEM. Growing up, my mother use to tell me she loved me every day of my life. There’s nothing more powerful than a child being told by their parents that they are loved. As a result, I never had much of a self-esteem problem. I believe in myself now, because I was made to believe in myself back then. 

If you wake up in the morning and you don’t know who you are, by dinnertime someone will tell you who you are. If you don’t have self-confidence, you are in serious trouble in America—and maybe anywhere.

Read the complete list of the 6 Rules of the HOPE Doctrine on Poverty here on LinkedIn here.


John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass)His newest bestselling book is How The Poor Can Save Capitalism (Berrett Koehler Publishing).

Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, and co-chair for Project 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.

Bryant is the only bestselling author on economics who is also African-American.

Credit: A special thanks to Architects Of Group Genius, which produced the HOPE Doctrine on Poverty movie on a pro-bono basis for Operation HOPE.

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