HOW TO BECOME AN AMERICAN ACHIEVER
As part of the interviews for my book series “ACHIEVERS”, many outstanding immigrant women gave exclusive advice from the heart, to help advance other women’s success in the US. They sound stimulating as well as wise—so please take a note of what may apply to you:
Isabel Allende, world-famous Chilean-American writer, showed her caring:
1. “We, immigrant women, bring many wonderful things with us: first, biculturalism; second – bilingualism. So remember: we are richer because of this.”
2. “Take the best this country has to offer and retain what your country equipped you with (for example, profound sense of community and family vs. typical American families often being scattered, kids going to college and coming back only for Thanksgiving, at best)—but do not look back.”
3. “Remember, it’s wonderful that everybody brings so many different things to the US, which makes it a stronger country. Many Americans don’t realize the richness that immigrants bring—forgetting about the ancestors who came in a boat.”
Edwina Sandys, a British-American sculptor and artist, focused on showing respect to the American people:
1. “Speak English well—it’s showing the respect to the country as well. Language can be a huge barrier to your success.”
2. “It’s important not to be angry. Be respectful to all people because you came from another country and America accepted you.”
3. “It’s important to be yourself—as much yourself as you can be. Do not pose for somebody you are not.”
Ivana Trump, business woman and socialite, shared her hard-earned wisdom morsels:
1. “I think the most difficult issue facing immigrants is learning how to write and speak such a complex language [English]. So many nuances, and words that mean different things, make it difficult and frustrating. But, if you stick with it, eventually you get it. And if you don't really understand—smile a lot. It makes you look very wise and happy.”
2. “Believe in yourself… in all you can do... and for you, the deals will start to work in your favor. You need to be open to such deals, and they will come, I assure you.”
3. “You have to have a certain ego if you want to achieve something. You have to have certain goals…. Good luck now!” click here to read more
Resources for Aspiring Achievers
These are my best 10 book recommendations for people who want to be Achievers in America. I would love to hear in the comments below which books you would recommend that had a positive influence on your life!
#10. The 4 Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss
Why I recommend it: Author presents a new kind of thinking about where you invest your time and how to do it most effectively. Even if you don’t manage to only work for 4 hours a week (who really wants that anyway?), the ideas from Tim Ferris could make achieving it possible. Get The 4 Hour Workweek on Amazon
#9. How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life, Paperback, by Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston, and Geoffrey Lewis
Why I recommend it: This book is about what drives and sustains successful women leaders. The authors draw on life and work of five prominent women leaders, Alondra de la Parra, Andrea Jung, Ruth Porat, Eileen Naughton, Julie Coates, whose profiles are supposed to lead to a practical plan for breaking through at both work and in life.
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#8. The Art of Happiness, by The Dalai Lama
Why I recommend it: It’s a complete guide to happiness in life, focusing on worldly factors like wealth and satisfaction, as well as spiritual parts.
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#7. The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
Why I recommend it: This is one of those life-changing books that can really move you to be an achiever. It is really a spiritual book. It can connect you with yourself beyond your name, character, roles or body. You will learn to feel and trust your deeper sense of self again.
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# 6. Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World, by Linda Tarr-Whelan
Why I recommend it: This is the story of how and why women’s full participation in leadership matters is still seemingly a well-kept secret. To have the future we all want, women must play a more robust role in setting priorities and allocating resources. More women as corporate officers and members of boards of directors results in stronger financial performance. You’ll receive practical, road-tested tactics to help you step up and into leadership.
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#5. Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What Men Know About Success that Women Need to Learn, by Gail Evans
Why I recommend it: I believe that 21st century will be the century of women. Women make up almost half of today's labor force, but in corporate America they don't share half of the power. Very few of the Fortune 500 companies’ CEOs are women, and it's only been in the last few years that even half of the Fortune 500 companies have more than one female officer. Women need to learn the tricks routinely used by men. → Get it on Amazon
#4. Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money, Kindle Edition, by Pat Flynn
Why I recommend it: It prevents readers from rushing into businesses born from half-baked ideas, misguided theories, and other forms of self-delusion. A lack of proper validation kills more businesses than anything else. → Get it at Amazon
#3. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
Why I recommend it: For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. → Get How to Win Friends and Influence People on Amazon
#2. Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay Books; Reprint edition, June 7, 2011
Why I recommend it: Gladwell argues that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them—at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell, himself an immigrant, presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential. You’ll get a better understanding of what makes the “outliers,” the best, the brightest, the most famous and successful people the great high-achievers they are. Get Outliers on Amazon
#1. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
Why I recommend it: It is an outstanding book to build positive habits that really improve your life. Providing a framework for success, for building character and integrity, the book has two parts: private victory and public victory. In fact, 7 Habits is about Personal Renewal presenting a system reduced to the essence of effectiveness.
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