So yesterday, I had a very deep conversation with a friend about the state of the country and why immigrants are being targeted. While they definitely gave me their views and interpretations on the subject (immigrants are taking the jobs away from Americans), I naturally had a very different view.
Most of America's most successful businesses were created, built, and ran by immigrants.
It's no secret that it was an immigrant that created Uber. It's no secret that it was an immigrant who created the Tesla car. Let's face an uncomfortable truth here. Some Americans today are ENTITLED. Some Americans feel that they shouldn't have to work hard for opportunities, it should just be given without effort. Some Americans feel that they shouldn't have to actually get off of their asses to make something momentous happen (like government assistance).
Some Americans tend to look for miracles while immigrants are making their own miracles happen every day. Being born in America is both a curse and a blessing to many. A curse because entitlement creeps in due to the lessons that some Americans are taught that they are "owed" wealth. And a blessing because with all the problems that exist in America and with a capitalist economy, one could set up a business that solves these problems and profit from them.
However, while some Americans rather complain about the problems, you have immigrants coming into the country capitalizing off of them by:
- Hearing a complaint
- Building a business surrounding that complaint
- Solves the source of complaint
- Gets paid by AMERICANS
So why aren't some Americans doing the same thing? Simple answer would be, that the immigrants that are coming to this country, with little to no resources, have no choice but to grind it out. They are hungry (literally) to provide for themselves and their families. They come knowing full well that they have little to no access to the resources that could help them survive financially. Especially not as much as natural born Americans do. Therefore, they see a problem most people complain about and build their businesses around solving that problem.
In other words, they make the lives of Americans more convenient. How exactly are they "taking" your job opportunities away? At most, these people are doing the jobs that some Americans feel are "beneath them", legalizing themselves, and working to improve their economic standings. They capitalize on the "American Dream" by actually following the requirements to live the American Dream.
Here are a few things to take note of walking away from this article (and a great reason to share):
Land of opportunity
The vast majority of migrants (as opposed to refugees) move to improve the economic and educational status of themselves and their families. When they arrive, they are aggressive about taking advantage of the stable economic system and respect for law and order, things they often can’t count on back home. Natives are more likely to take those for granted and not push to make the most of opportunities.
I met three immigrant entrepreneurs recently who had become friends through business. They all said the same thing: They were amazed by the quality of free education, by the benefits of the infrastructure and most of all the lack of awareness by the natives of how lucky they were. As one said, “As long as you are prepared to work hard and take some risks, it is easy to succeed in this country.”
Rolling with punches
All entrepreneurs experience failure and rejection, but outsiders are often better prepared to not be devastated by hard times, because they have already faced harder times than most people can imagine. They’ve left behind friends, family and support networks. Then they enter an unfamiliar nation full of complex bureaucracy, discrimination and other hurdles. Having already faced hardship, immigrants look at business setbacks as less traumatic, leaving them less likely to buckle and break in the face of adversity.
I have met a few entrepreneurs, for instance, who were thrown out of Uganda by Idi Amin. They arrived in cold, indifferent Britain with what they could carry—and used the strength they gained from that disruption to persist in hard times. Coping with difficulties made me, says one of those immigrants, now in charge of a successful business.
They had no capital, and no experience of British law and customs. One, who ran a number of bakeries in Africa, said he had to get a menial job in a local bakery to learn British tastes and preferences. The locals didn’t like bread and cakes as sweet as he expected, and freshness was all important. But he was fine with the setback. He adapted his recipes, started a small bakery and now owns a large chain.
Watching social cues
Because outsiders fear making embarrassing remarks in a new world, they become adept at picking up cues that signal mistrust and misunderstanding. Similarly, they become good at reading people, and noticing the relationships between groups they do business with. That potentially makes them shrewder and more perceptive in situations such as negotiations or sales pitches.
One entrepreneur told me that he was astonished that everything in markets and shops was openly priced. He came from a culture where everything was negotiated—in his words, the difference between the mall and the bazaar, where people must learn to haggle, charm and persuade. People in his home country needed to observe customers closely to figure out how rich they were, whether they were serious, and whether they knew how to play the game. He believed that skill had served him well when negotiating deals in his adopted country.
A different network
In some sense, immigrants don’t have the array of local networks that natives do. But they often can substitute that broad network with a much deeper network: co-nationals. These earlier migrants are in many ways more supportive of their entrepreneurial successors than the networks that are available to native entrepreneurs. The earlier migrants offer financial support—including loans and discounts on products and services—as well as insights about local practices and people. Networking with this support group gives new immigrants a relatively safe environment to build interpersonal skills as well as learn crucial skills they need.
It also offers them a way to survive difficult times, giving them breathing room to become entrepreneurs. Often a whole family shares a large, run down, cold and damp house with three other large families in the same position. They share everything and learn from one another.
Seeing with fresh eyes
Because immigrants learn about their new home culture, and its rules of language and etiquette, from the outside, they often have perspectives that natives don’t have. They see possibilities and opportunities that natives don’t see, and find new ways to be creative. They bring new flavors, musical sounds, cultural tastes to their new land. They also bring new ideas about selling, managing, customer service, technology and more. Confronting a problem with a fresh perspective is a huge advantage. Immigrants come by that naturally.
We could learn a lot from immigrants who came to the country with nothing and now live successful lifestyles. It's their way of turning disadvantage into a MAJOR ADVANTAGE! They simply......
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