3 Lessons I Learned from Immigrant CEOs

 

Last week I interviewed 9 successful immigrant entrepreneurs (aka talking to my friends and recording it)

And I remember just about a month ago I was a bit complaining about how I felt that I didn’t have enough entrepreneur friends..

then BAM! With one Facebook status request I was able to get a lineup of about 1/4 of a year’s worth of interviews.

Know that we don’t all need to be Buddhist monks who renounce our desires, we can use our desires to fulfill some amazing things.

And the interesting thing about the interviews is that even though my friends range from people from the Bahamas to Brazil, Cameroon to China, Estonia to Mexico, to even the USA, it was almost like they were from the same mold.

Even though they would of course talk about their individual stories which were absolutely fascinating and made them who they were, when they were going to a different country, it was almost as if they were of the same mindset.

Because, of course, successful people think in a certain way (see the Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, excellent book that I listen to almost monthly)

1. SEEING CHALLENGES AS A WAY TO ADVANCE

In almost every single interview, there were so many instances where it would have just been easier to just avoid doing the incredible things my friends were able to do.

And yet, instead of retreating, they decided they were ONLY availble for success.

My friends talked about how they just decided no matter how hard or difficult their present situation was or how “ok” it seemed from the outside, they were going to make a better future.

Whether it was learning a new language, navigating a new country, making new friends, getting on Forbes, trying to get a business license in a new country, in every single instance, they refused to accept the status quo and they just went for it.

And it was interesting to see them in some form of another just say “this is just how it is now” or “this is my home”, or ” I’m going to figure out a way to make this happen” no matter how bleak it looked like on the surface.

It was absolutely refreshing to just hear, especially amidst so much social media crap about how things were getting worse or whatever, literally seeing people uproot themselves and establish a successful company regardless of how impossible it seemed at the beginning.

2. SELECTIVE IGNORANCE

I’ve said in previous articles I wrote on how Stupid, Shameless, and Shallow make more money than you…

and I believe it more so than ever, and this is NOT a knock on my interviewees at all, I believe they are all absolutely brilliant, there were just instances where they just chose NOT to listen to people who were their parents, family, and what the way was at the time.

I believe that more so than ever, it’s not just important to do what you need to do but also know who to listen to and who not to listen to.

Only listen to people who you aspire to be for the 2.0 version of you.

Only listen to be people who you want to be like

Only listen to people because you connect with them, you want the life that they have

And as JP Sears says in his TEDx talk and funny enough what I say to my own clients:

“Don’t reject yourself.”

Sure, it may be self protective, it may be the “safe” thing to do, to listen to “conventional wisdom”, but if you don’t want a 9-5 job, you don’t want to live in a crime ridden society, you don’t want to be at the status quo because there is this nagging feeling telling you that YES there is more, YES there is better, well then what the hell is the point of listening to people whose lives you don’t admire, whose philosophy doesn’t align with yours, who really is not someone you want to be the 2.0 version of anyways?

You have to let go and you have to only listen to people who have done what you want to do.

Period point blank end of story, forget what you’re “supposed to do”, we are here to do our own things, and if it’s not aligned…first off you’re taking the job of someone who would absolutely LOVE it..then why live that life?

3. SEEING A NEED AND FILLING IT

The Immigrant CEO show would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that the absolutely fascinating thing about immigrants is that we do whatever it takes.

We already moved from our family and friends, there’s really no pride or ego left for us to hang onto, at least not the constant pressure of being around something we no longer desire.

So we are able to fill in things that may need help

Such as an internet hosting service

Such as a personal organizing service

Such as quitting a cushy Forex job to launching a dog training company

The list goes on and on and I’m going to make sure to cover all types of businesses (not just on the coaching end), but it just fascinates me that immigrant CEOs are able to fill in a niche where others may have totally ignored in the beginning and absolutely dominate it.

This is a passion project of mine and I really felt that I HAD TO DO THIS.

I was sick of the whiney bitchy social media posts about how immigrants should just be given assistance or in other ways show that we were powerless..HELL NO.

I believe that immigrant entrepreneurs really are the most American thing that is out there, we are the proof that you can come from nothing and create a fortune.

I am very excited to be sharing with you more behind the scenes stuff as I continue to interview more immigrant CEOs (and people that YOU would recommend me to interview) and sharing with you their recipes for success!

x

Li

PS: Have you heard? I developed a new $5k in 5 minutes business plan for immigrant entrepreneurs, make sure you grab your copy here: http://immigrantceo.com/5k