I realize that some people might find this post somewhat controversial – but bear with me. I am posing a challenge to all native born American citizens – especially those in lower middle class families and upward on the economic scale. If you want to achieve more, to get what you want and want what you have, try taking an immigrant’s perspective to life.
If nothing else, it will help you gain a much deeper appreciation for your current circumstances – and at best it may give you a drive to succeed like never before, and the fuel to overcome your perceived obstacles.
Imagine this… you come from a country where you are not allowed to start your own business because free enterprise is not allowed. You have to wait two hours in line just to buy bread – or worse, you can’t buy bread.
Imagine you are a woman in country where the religious laws prevent you from choosing where to go, what to wear, how to live your life … that you are essentially the property of a man.
Imagine living in a land where no matter how smart and educated you, how hard you work, and how much potential you have … there is just simply NO opportunity for you to get ahead.
There is no “what’s for dinner tonight?” .. you are happy if there is a nutritious dinner. There is certainly no “what’s on TV?” Your family has no car, much less a car for each family member.
Imagine that the government and law enforcement does nothing to serve and protect you, but does everything to exploit you. Even the information you are allowed to see is blatantly censored to prevent you from seeing the world and thinking independently.
And imagine you come to a land where you can read, hear, and say what you want freely, with no threat of prosecution. A land where you can work in whatever occupation you want or start your own business. A land that holds freedom and equality as some of its greatest values. An economy and society where you can design whatever kind of life you want … where your greatest limitations to success and prosperity will always be within you, not outside of you.
Did you know that an immigrant is 4 times more likely to become a millionaire than an American born citizen?
I honestly attribute most of my natural ambition to the fact that I was born in Russia… I am so grateful for being fortunate enough to have come to the US at such a young age and most of my drive comes from the hunger to make the most out of this opportunity.
I know that had I stayed in Russia, my path in life would have been dramatically different.
From what I have seen and heard in my environment growing up, it seems that a lot of Americans can benefit greatly from understanding this perspective.
Be grateful for the opportunity you have here to design whatever kind of life you want.
Stop Making Excuses
Be Grateful For What You Have
Take Advantage of Your Opportunities
You could have been born anywhere … open your eyes and look at the environment around you. The food on your table, the roof over your head, the library down the street with millions of dollars of free knowledge, the employment and business opportunities … remember that most people in the world would kill to have what you have.
Don’t take it for granted. Take action. Set goals. Have a vision. Design your life. Hustle.
Appreciate what you have, and work relentlessly towards what you want.
Edit: I just wanted to add this video by Nido Qubein to build on my post…
Sharon Bloch says
I do not see where you would be controversial in this latest blog. In fact you have put the facts very straight and to the point and very honest in your observation. I admire anyone coming to America with such drive and ambition to succeed. My husband and I visited Russia back in 2000 and found the country as a whole, very poor. I understand from Mike Klingers recent visit there, that times have changed for the better. I was glad to hear that. I wish you much success.
Sharon, thank you for the comment. Russia certainly has changed a lot, and mostly for the better from what I hear. I left there in 96 and I was only 7, so most of what I know is from my mother. It wasn’t the best environment then, especially for a Jewish family. I know people from other countries with much harsher experiences .. I think it really does awaken many Americans when they understand and appreciate the circumstances in other places in the world. I believe that with this understanding, comes gratefulness, and with gratefulness, comes a drive to take full advantage of the opportunity.
Avian Fame Morales says
Well done my friend. I am very impressed. I cannot say first hand that I know what it is like to be an immigrant, but I’ve also heard the things that you dealt with first hand and it is truly a wake up call and very inspiring. As you know my uncle came here 20 something years ago, and still chokes up when asked about his experiences. I only know from what I’ve heard from other family members, but if my Uncle and his siblings could come here to create a life and be happy what is our excuse? I was told he had to sleep under bridges while traveling from Guatemala to New York City where he later met my Aunt. Everything happens for a reason, and I am truly happy. Without him I wouldn’t have such amazing cousins. Blessings to your mom for making that move with you, your grandfather, and brother. I am truly happy she did, because I met you and you are truly my brother from another mother. I look forward to the future helping other’s in the process. Thank you for sharing this!
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Thank you for the kind words Avian… I really appreciate it. Your uncle’s story is very powerful. You’re right, if your uncle or anyone else can come here and create an incredible life, we have no excuse.