Over the years, millions of immigrants have come into the United States in search of greener pastures and a business-friendly environment.
On arrival to the US, the reality was unveiled, and they discovered that the fairy tale stories were all lies — success doesn’t come easy here in the western world.
The thing is, becoming successful in the United States (or anywhere else) is not a small task. You’ve got to be ready to put in long hours of labor and hard work.
The good news is — we’ve got success stories of immigrants like you who arrived in the shores of the US without a penny to their name. But they were able to overcome all odds to amass great fortune within a given period.
On careful study of their daily lives, we discovered some common traits and fundamental life lessons you can apply today to start building the life you desire.
Here are life lessons you can learn from successful immigrants.
1. Resilience, Ingenuity, And A Hunger For Success
Every successful immigrant understands that they get to create the world they want. And nothing is free in the US.
If you want something bad enough, you will find a way of getting it. Having the right mindset, the growth mindset is critical in your journey of personal discovery and success.
The thing is, most of these successful immigrants are from a not too good home country. Just like you, they’re running away from bad government, religious intolerance, and all forms of social injustice.
These backgrounds helped to shape their minds to be more resilient. The resilient mindset coupled with a strong desire for success made it possible to amass a vast fortune in a foreign land.
2. Have A Support System
The idea of self-made success is invalid, and it’s a general myth most people tend to believe nowadays. If you believe that idea, perish it.
Every person of success has a support system. The support system may be parents, inner cycle friends, colleagues, or their local community.
As an African immigrant, you should have a support system that would help you move from where you are to where you ought to be.
Furthermore, you should be selective of the kind of friends you keep.
Your network should make you stretch and become a better version of yourself. Also, you should be able to rely on your support system in times of need.
There’s nothing worse than keeping irrelevant friends who contribute nothing in your journey of success.
Friends who drain you of your creative energy are your worse enemies, and you should do away with them.
3. Learn To Identify Problems, Understand It At A Deeper Level, And Provide Solutions To It
Providing unique solutions to problems requires a fast, analytical, and creative mind. It’s not something that happens. You must train your mind to be able to see and solve problems.
Making it big is quite easy — look around and see the challenges people in your community face every day.
Do you have a solution for it? Can you package the solution as a product or service?
When you identify a problem, the next logical step is to use the solution and build a business with it.
If you can’t build one, join an existing business, and let your passion for solving problems fuel you until you attain the level of success you desire.
Do you know of successful immigrants in your community? What life lessons have you learned from them? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.