Want To Be Wealthy? Think Like An Immigrant

Today is July 4th, 2012.

In just a few hours those of us in the states will be watching fireworks, celebrating our freedom and the things that make our country wonderful. To be honest though, most of us take our country for granted.

I’ve been blessed to have been a part of numerous church and humanitarian trips to places such as India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Bolivia, Panama, Spain, Dominican Republic, and Peru. While I’m nervous about the level of immorality in our country, I can say from firsthand experience that the land we live in is incredible.

Simply being American means you automatically have more opportunity than most of the world. Yet it’s so easy to take it for granted. So on a day where we celebrate America, I want to do something a little different and focus on a small segmant of our society that recognize the opportunities this country offers: Immigrants.

The Immigrant Advantage

Did you know that immigrants are 3-4 times more likely to become millionaires than native-born citizens? Were you aware that immigrants comprise 41% of the student population of Ivy League schools, yet only comprise 11% of the population in the U.S?

I read an excellent article by Neil Patel on the mindsets and behaviors of immigrants entitled “Why Immigrants are More Successful Than You.” Neil said it better than I can so I recommend you jump over to his site and give it a read.

What I want to highlight in this post is the issue of Purpose.

Why Are You Here?

If the average immigrant has less connections, less education, less understanding of the culture, and may not even speak the language, but can take the opportunity provided in this country and go from nothing to millions at four times the rate of a native citizen, what is their advantage?

PURPOSE.

If you ask the average native-born American “why are you here (in America)” you’ll get a blank stare. My assumption is that the common response would be “because I was born here” or “where else would I go?”

But if you ask the average first or even second generation immigrant why they are here they will always have a crystal clear reason. Vince Lombardi (who’s grandparents were immigrants) said that “Success demands singleness of purpose.” Many immigrants are here for a specific purpose and that is what fuels their success.

I believe as Americans we’re numb to the opportunity around us. We’ve taken for granted the freedom we have simply to be able to choose where we work or go to school. We need to learn a lesson from the immigrants among us who have come here to make better lives for themselves.

Somewhere between the apple pie and the fireworks, take a moment today to open your eyes anew to the opportunities we have in America. If needed, recommit yourself to discovering and fulfilling your purpose. You have everything you need right in front of you. Let freedom ring.

Committed to your success,

-Wesley

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