How to Achieve Success as an American Immigrant

Part of the American dream is being able to achieve success as an immigrant. Here are some ways to make it happen.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Work hard -- tell yourself you have to succeed. Live entirely on your earnings, leaving emergency savings untouched.
  • Step 2: Have a big dream. Reach for the stars, believe you can make it, and strive for success. With hard work and some luck, your success will be at hand.
  • FACT: The leading countries of origin for persons granted asylum in the United States in 2006 were China, Colombia, and Haiti.
  • Step 3: Don't be afraid to take risks. Risk tolerance is characteristic of successful immigrants and entrepreneurs.
  • TIP: If your partner is an American, they may be able to help you navigate the new terrain. While you may be able to recognize new opportunities, it might take a native's help to take advantage of them.
  • Step 4: Pursue an education. Take night classes to get an undergraduate or graduate degree. An advanced education will open new doors in the United States.
  • Step 5: Maintain close family ties. Think of your achievement of success as a moral obligation to your family.
  • Step 6: If you want to start a business, find a business partner. Reaching success in a competitive economy requires collaboration and complementary abilities.
  • Step 7: Take advantage of your ability to see the country as an outsider. You may be able to recognize opportunities that go unnoticed by long-time residents of the country.

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