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Most all of us have immigrated to the U.S. from another country either in our lifetime or our families have in the past. This article points out how newer members of our society tend to be blown away with the opportunities they have to take advantage of.

In this article, a Cambodian couple talks about how tough their parents had it when they first came here and how now they see they have so many opportunities. When reflecting on how difficult their parents had it, they realize failing at trying to get a business off the ground really isn't that scary or horrible of an experience, so it should be attempted!

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Dot-com dreams hard to turn into reality - When Yuan was 16, his mother sent him from Taiwan to live with an aunt in Athens, Ga. "There were no Asian people there!" he said. He knew no English, but he learned it and went on to get a master's degree in information systems from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

Asked if the risks of starting a company make Ung nervous, she answers, "My parents came to this country from Cambodia when they were 40 with three kids, no money and no English. What's the worst that can happen?"


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Old 11-09-2007, 10:03 PM
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When you have nothing and willing to have something via hard work and your wits, you have nowhere to go but up.

I guess you can call them the HAS NOTHING GENERATION, just the opposite of our ME generation. The appreciation of having experienced rock bottom combined with the courage it takes to move to a new country, never mind a different city, is the difference. An all together different experience compared to the I WANT IT NOW, DON'T WANNA WAIT mentality that permeates way too much of our younger society.
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Oh yea! As I read the article. I really admired them. I do hope they are enjoying all that hard work too. There is about working on your own creation that is just so satisfying!
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Wow, that's amazing.

Do you ever find that holding onto meager possessions keeps you from potential true greatness in your life? I'm not sure what I mean by 'greatness'...not just monetary greatness but something much more valuable.

It was amazing how that family gave up a life they were familiar with in order to follow a dream. They basically had no fiscal possessions...3 kids and no money. Maybe it's easier to drop everything when you have nothing.

Many of the world's religious doctrines speak of giving up everything in order to follow what is truly valuable. How many of us could drop all our possessions and all we know in order to follow a bigger dream? It would be foolish to simply drop everything and follow blindly. But, even with careful planning, I think it would be daunting.

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Quote[/b] ]Do you ever find that holding onto meager possessions keeps you from potential true greatness in your life? I'm not sure what I mean by 'greatness'...not just monetary greatness but something much more valuable.
I think so. It might just be human nature to be a pack rat. To collect and hold onto things until we dont have space to even breathe.

We probably even do this mentally as well. We hold onto ideals or stories and then feel frozen and trapped from past experiences. This holds us back from trying new things.

If you open your closet, is it chock full of old clothes you just can't throw out. But then there is no space for the new stuff.

LOL what about hard drives! Think about how much unused stuff is sitting on your hard drive taking up space. I got a ton of that!
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