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Apr 09, 2019 07:59:21

Coming to America (4)

by @keni PATRON | 200 words | 315🔥 | 319💌


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I had always been curious about the US. When I arrived here, I observed these things that I think makes the US different. 

1- Structure 

Everything has structure.
Public transport, the library, stores - everything was remarkably punctual.
You could see efficiency in action. The presence of law and order showed.  

2 - Resources

First time I went to the public library, I was in awe. The sheer number of books and access to the internet (FOR FREE) was amazing.
If I wanted to be an expert at something - I just had to decide.
That was very motivating and intimidating at the same time.  

3- Opportunities

If you are not picky, there were many job opportunities.

After my first job at K-MART, I got a job work on campus as a tutor. 
A beautiful change to standing all day. Got to stay on campus plus get my weekends off. Jackpot!

4 - Temptations

Like opportunities, there were abundant temptations.
Whatever you wanted was there. In excess.
The first time I ate at MacDonald's - I was unable to finish my burger

The only thing between what you want and what you can have is - discipline.  
To make it in America, you have to work on the discipline muscle. 


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    @keni Fill me with all of these stories, I won't cry (LOL, joking). It's such an amazing thing to know a place where things work. I remember saying to myself after reading Ben Carson's Gifted Hands, many years ago "Not sure Ben would have would survived my country".

    The internet is changing the narrative now, just like America "The only thing between what you want and what you can have is - discipline."

    Well written Keni, very well written.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Apr 09, 2019 13:26:30
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      @keni @seunoyebode You highlighted the best line. As a native, I like to hear from people who come to America from another country. It is interesting to hear your perspective. I worked with someone from Nepal, and I asked him when he got to America was there a moment when he just stood there and said to himself, "This is America!" For better or worse his answer was when he stepped inside a Super Walmart. As you stated, discipline.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 09, 2019 07:41:38
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      @seunoyebode @brandonwilson :) Thank you both for reading and your comments. These last few days reminiscing about the time when I first arrived has been an interesting experience. I still have more to write about that time. Stay tuned. :)

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 09, 2019 10:57:17
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