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