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Mastering the basics leads to success

By Andres Ramirez
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I have noticed that the most successful immigrant families accomplish several vital things very well and they do this in different time frames. Some accomplish these sets of tasks very fast and others take several generations to get there. However, all these tasks are accomplished by the most successful without exception.

The first and most obvious is to learn English. I don’t mean street English that will get you a hot dog or a hot cup of coffee. I mean the type of English that you can utilize as a tool for great communication. Learn the basics and learn them well. Communication is the key to success and you need to be able to speak, read, write, and present well. This will set you apart from many of those around you.

The second skill can be worked simultaneously while working on the first. This skill is your education. You need to educate yourself as much as possible and instill an academic environment in your house.

The third skill is to surround your-self with good counsel. This is a skill because it takes work, perseverance, and self-determination. You might be in a place where those around may not be looking out for your best interest. If this is your case concentrate your energy on the first two skills if you do not find good friends. The time will come when these people will enter your life. After you have been around awhile you will need your friends and colleagues to give you advice when making decisions. Always ask for opinions from those you have great respect for or pay an expert to give you unbiased advice.

These skills will give you the basics to start a great career, a great business, and will give your family a launching pad to great success in this great country of ours.

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  • Susan
    March 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Re: “with good council.” The correct word is counsel.

  • Marisa
    March 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for the catch!

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