I want to start by acknowledging those who have requested I write more and wondered why the hiatus. I had a two weeks’ vacation to attend my sister's wedding and took a road trip across mid western and eastern America.
I think our aspirations change from time to time as we encounter different circumstances in life but ambitions set on a solid initial principle will always prevail. I come from a society of very determined people, Africans or other foreign nationals that come to the United States; I do not believe becoming a nurse was their priority growing up but due to circumstances faced, they have been forced to set this career path as their goals. They say "do not talk about things you do not know about", am not going to do that.
I think ambition is something that you build on and most of my foreign peers, maybe due to culture shock, financial stress, and family and peer pressure have neglected their original values and ambitions and taken up these careers. See I'm of the opinion that if you choose a career which is not your passion, you will eventually get tired of it and live the rest of your life in regret always trying to change fields in the latter stages of your life, when it is too late. You might not see it now because the paychecks are coming enabling you to purchase that first car and pay your mortgage but let’s do this; take a look within your local community or within people you know well, those that always have a melancholic look in life in their 50s and 60s are your examples, those that even with comparable success feel very empty and unfulfilled are your examples. We might have different examples but these are the people that are influencing this blog post for me.
If this is a land of opportunity why limit yourself? A friend of mine told me a story of his uncle who was a janitor when he got into the US back in the early 90s. He worked with other minorities and cleaned houses and colleges. Today he owns a sanitary company in Ohio with county contracts to clean schools and apartment complexes with a six figure income a year! See that is what I call a career! we may have similar stories but the fundamental truth is when I look within my foreign peers everyone of them studying to become a nurse it makes me conclude that our orientation is limited, inspiration is not there and although we are in a land of opportunity we have funnel all our abilities through a very narrow sphere. Look within you people! We had so much to think about when we were in less fortunate situations (Africa) why come here and caved. Certain careers are a trend within a certain ethnic groups I can understand that too.
Networking), I have joined engineering associations and organizations to remain updated and knowledgeable about my future my career, the list go on...the point is don't just say Obama is the first African president, act on it!
There is this saying that and I paraphrase if your job is something you have a great deal of passion for then it is no longer a job it is a lifestyle of fulfillment.
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