Who would of ever thought that there would be so many successful immigrants. If you look at it from a surface level, it just doesn’t make sense, right?
Many immigrants are coming from a third world country, they have little to no money, and they barely speak English. So how the heck do they become successful?
Well, if you dig a bit deeper, it makes a lot of sense…
Love is over rated
Immigrants don’t come to this country to do what they love; they come here to make money. Happiness is the last thing on their mind because all they care about is making money.
With that money they can provide a better future for the family and most importantly provide their kids with the things that they never had.
Now the big difference between immigrants and you is that in life you were taught to do what you love. For example if you want to be an astronaut throughout your life your parents and teachers encouraged you to follow your dreams. While with immigrants, they are taught to do whatever makes money.
The 80-hour workweek
Do you love the 4-hour workweek? Well immigrants don’t! If they don’t believe in the 40-hour workweek, there is no way they’ll believe in the 4-hour workweek.
Instead of trying to figure out how they can work less hours each week, they try to figure out how they can work more hours. 60, 70, and even 80 hours are the numbers immigrants try to work each week.
For example, I know a few Indians who have 2 full time jobs, which means they are literally working 80 hours every week. And although working 80 hours a week doesn’t give you the best quality of life, it gives you the potential to make more money.
Investors love immigrants
I am big believer in making money off of other people. Some of the people I always look forward to making money off of are immigrants. The hard part is just finding a business that they are interested in running.
Plus if you give them a small stake in the business they’ll work a lot harder than if I paid them to work 80 hours per week.
Immigrants stick together
One thing that I never forgot is that when my parents immigrated over here other immigrants helped them out. From free temporary living to helping you find a job, immigrants help each other succeed.
Even after being in the U.S. for over 20 years, my parents still have some stuff given to them by other immigrants, such as furniture.
There’s nothing wrong with being frugal
It’s easier to save money than it is to earn it. This is why immigrants are frugal because they understand that it is really hard to earn money… especially if you are working 80-hour weeks.
They are never afraid to ask for discounts, because they know that if you never ask you’ll never receive. From negotiating at clothing stores to only buying things that are on sale, immigrants always find ways save money.
Education is everything
When times get tough the one thing that increases your odds of success is having a good education. Whether you a teenage immigrant or a middle aged immigrant, it is never too late to go back to school.
If you have a bachelor’s degree on average you’ll make $900,000 more over your lifetime than someone who just has a high school diploma. And if you have a master’s degree, you’ll make $1,200,000 more in your lifetime than a high school graduate.
There is no excuse for not going to college, as there are online and nighttime classes.
You never take “no” for an answer
Just because someone tells you no, it doesn’t mean that you can’t change that no to a yes.
When my family first immigrated over here my mom could not find a job as a preschool teacher. So when they told her no, she told them that she would work for free. Months later they decided to hire her and more importantly pay her.
If someone tells you no, it just means not right now. That not right now can turn into a yes later on.
The grass is truly greener
Have you heard the saying that the grass is greener on the other side? For immigrants, it usually is greener.
Although they may not be living in a fancy home or a rich neighborhood when they first immigrate over, those living conditions are still better than the ones they came from.
This is why they rarely complain about life because there really is nothing to be sad about. In their eyes, life is truly good. They have a roof over their head and their kids are getting a great education.
The next time you see an immigrant walking by, don’t judge them because of their job, the way they talk, or the clothes they wear. Be careful as some of the richest immigrants I know still drive their beat-up car that is 15 years old and they buy their clothes from Wal-Mart… only when they are on sale.
Immigrants are successful because of their beliefs and the way they were brought up. So take a page out of their book and learn a few things from them because it isn’t too late for you to learn from them and more importantly become successful.
What other traits do you think make immigrants successful?