Saturday, January 12, 2013

Axiom 30: Approach Life as an Immigrant

"Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men." -E.B. White

"When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure." -Mary Kay Ash

We often forget that America was founded on immigrants. Our ancestors took huge risks to uproot their lives and move here. Deep down we have that same spirit inside us that they once did. Maybe it's time that we all act on it.

So what does it mean to act like an immigrant? 

First, it means not being afraid to lose everything. Most immigrants gave up all their worldly possessions to start over. Don't be ruled by your possessions. Happiness is about a quality of life, not a quantity of belongings.

Second, it means not being afraid to work hard. Immigrants often start out working backbreaking jobs for long hours and low pay. Slowly hard work creates success and carves out a quality of life. Chances are that your ancestors came to this country and did a lot of hard work that help build the generational wealth you enjoy today. Don't squander it away.

Third, it means not being afraid to start over. Often immigrants had some degree of status or success in the country they came from. When they came here they give all of that up to start at the bottom and have a chance at something better in the long run. Keep the end goal and mind and don't be afraid to start at the bottom.

Fourth, it means not taking things for granite. Immigrants never forget where they came from and why they are here. As bad as it may seem for you always put things in perspective.

Lastly, it means being optimistic. Immigrants view themselves as the solution, not as a victim. Because of this they allow themselves to work and become successful. Don't blame others for your hardships in life.