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Immigrant Success Stories
« on: August 12, 2017, 08:06:33 AM »
I'm interested in your personal stories (whether about yourself, your family or other people you know) about migrating to a different country and becoming a "success" (however you want to define that word).

I suspect being Mustachian is an important part of succeeding as an immigrant, but I know it isn't always the case. Tell me your stories!

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Re: Immigrant Success Stories
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2017, 10:28:55 AM »
My cousin moved to South Korea in 2009 (I should know how old he is... I'm pretty sure he was about 24 at the time). 

He had grown up in Michigan, went to college and got his Master's in civil engineering.  Then he worked for a year as a civil engineer and pretty much hated it.

He got a job in South Korea teaching English.  He loves his work there, he's really absorbed into the culture (he's fluent in Korean now), made a ton of friends, and he's been able to do a ton of traveling around Asia in his time off (including seven weeks of cycling 2300km of the Pamir Highway across Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan).

I'd chalk it up as a success.

He's never told his parents that he plans on staying there indefinitely, but I'm pretty sure he does.  He comes back to visit about once a year.

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Re: Immigrant Success Stories
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2017, 10:34:26 AM »
Dad came to the US illegally as a teenager with only a 2nd grade education and experience working in farms. Worked hard, got lucky, saved and invested. He is now a citizen and is about to retire from his job and is also a multi-millionaire due to some good real estate investments. Oh, and he never got past a 2nd grade education.

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Re: Immigrant Success Stories
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2017, 05:24:10 PM »
Parents grew up in the slums/government housing in the mid-60s in A developing country without running water. Well, the entire building had running water for four hours per day from a hose. If you missed the window of opportunity you were without water until the next day. Communal bathrooms where pre-teen/teenage uncles stood guard at the bathroom door while the girls showered quickly to prevent unsavoury characters from entering the showers and raping my aunts.

How did mom get out? She went to school and studied hard. Went to university. Got a good job working for a bank. In a word, education. Her university degree and experience working in an international company allowed her to get a job when my parents immigrated to Canada.

She also doesn't give a crap what others think.

Dad also grew up poor though not as poor as my mom, I think. He studied hard, got a scholarship to do his masters in Canada. Then, holding his highly valued "foreign" masters, he returned to his home country and rose in the corporate ranks. Again, education was what made the difference.

After immigrating to Canada, they were seen as being "just immigrants" stealing Canadian jobs. Dad was let go from his job - he had gone from being a regional director ("big boss") to being a lowly sales guy in Canada, and he was let go. So they started their own business, worked brutal hours, and made it successful. Never took out loans for cars, paid of mortgage asap, pad off credit cards each month, maximized their RRSPs, invested in property, and now are quite well-off.

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Re: Immigrant Success Stories
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 06:45:17 AM »
I want to hear these badass stories. Posting to follow.

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Re: Immigrant Success Stories
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2017, 03:41:13 PM »
Child of immigrants. Mum and Dad arrived in Australia from the UK almost 30 years ago with not a lot.

Dad worked temp/contract jobs for 15 years in various tech companies as an electrical engineer, before getting a permanent job as a lab tech. Mum has worked the same part time pharmacy job for 28 years. Dad is retired, mum will retire in a couple of years.

They chose to "integrate", took initiative, did the right things - bought a house paid it off over god knows how many years. Times were tough early but they were too proud to take a dollar of welfare. They never earned big salaries but they were frugal as fuck and always good at forward planning. One year after graduating uni I was earning more than my dad ever did from working. He outstripped me though with his investments going up in value so much (which is when the passive income penny really started dropping for me).

They have a very comfortable retirement ahead of them now.

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Re: Immigrant Success Stories
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2017, 05:26:52 PM »
Child of immigrants. Mum and Dad arrived in Australia from the UK almost 30 years ago with not a lot.

Dad worked temp/contract jobs for 15 years in various tech companies as an electrical engineer, before getting a permanent job as a lab tech. Mum has worked the same part time pharmacy job for 28 years. Dad is retired, mum will retire in a couple of years.

They chose to "integrate", took initiative, did the right things - bought a house paid it off over god knows how many years. Times were tough early but they were too proud to take a dollar of welfare. They never earned big salaries but they were frugal as fuck and always good at forward planning. One year after graduating uni I was earning more than my dad ever did from working. He outstripped me though with his investments going up in value so much (which is when the passive income penny really started dropping for me).

They have a very comfortable retirement ahead of them now.

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Re: Immigrant Success Stories
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2017, 08:52:06 PM »
Came over from India in 2003...started working in engineering after getting my MS degree....14 years later invested in stock market, real estate, bit coin and some side business....sitting fat between a million and two mill....

America is best country on the planet...it's great already...d