‘Over the land of the free and the home of the brave.’ These are the words that mark the last sentence of the United States of America national anthem. Since it’s only in the bible that you can’t add, remove, adjust or change not even a word but a punctuation mark lest the curse of death befell on you as it’s written by apostle John in Revelation 22:19, I’ve chosen to change the last sentence of the United States of America national anthem to read; ‘Over the land of the free because of the brave.’
The reason behind my need to restructure the last sentence of the national anthem is in reference to the centuries old misconceptions that the myriad opportunities that denotes United States as a land of milk and honey are in reference to a collective responsibility of every American being a hardworking and law abiding citizen. This misconception pushes me to recall the words of an American musician and Grammy award winner, James Antony Carmichael; ‘if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.’
Even though I don’t disagree with the part of myriad opportunities, I beg to differ on the part of opportunities being realized out of a collective responsibility of all Americans. While a great number of Americans are hardworking people, truth be told, a smidgen of Americans are opportunists who suffer from what I call; Work ethics deficiency syndrome.
Work ethics is the term that will allude to most of my statements in this blog. In reference to the wise words of pastor Charles R. Swindoll pertaining attitude; “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react.” It’s inarguable true that; in the United States of America, you will encounter numerous trials and tribulations of many kind, racism and prejudice notwithstanding. All the same, your reaction and resilience towards all these challenges must stand the test of time if you are determined to succeed.
On matters work ethics, it doesn’t matter which country you migrate to, without great work ethics and resilience, you will never ever realize your potential and the potential of the country of your residency.
The greatest aspect of suitable work ethics is attending to whatever legal job that comes your way. In support of my conscious thoughts, the scriptures are at the surface in the book of Ecclesiastes 9:10a; Whatever your hands finds to do, do it diligently……As you attend to whatever job that comes your way with total diligence, it’s very imperative to know that; United States is a country where your might be judged by the color of your skin rather than the content of your character and in isolated cases, your accent might as well follow suit. Whenever such moments are at hand, kindly remember that; it’s not about what someone does to you or say about you, it’s about how you react. You should never ever allow such moments to deter you from your trajectory towards success. In the very words of Eleanor Roosevelt; ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’ The the distractions of the naysayers necessitates a biblical reference from Exodus 1:12; ‘But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.’
On the other hand, the primordial perception in the minds of most people that dollars are harvested from the trees is just but an absurd myth. If by any chance this perception is true, I must then admit that I am either myopic or the fact that dollars are green like tree leaves has always robbed me a golden chance to see them.
Noting that most people emigrate to the United States of America for greener pustures, i feel a pressing need to dymistfy a decades old misconceptions that tend to define green pastures as a continuity of the career, profession or occupation that you were pursuing in your motherland. Unless you are emigrating on a company’s exchange program to pertake a specific job, as far as securing a job is concerned, kindly equip yourself with a variable job mindset. Such a mindset will enable you to attend to whatever job that’s available before you settle and comprehend to pursue your career or occupation of choice.
On the other hand, I totally agree that United States of America is indeed a land of golden opportunities, nonetheless, succeeding in United States isn’t a walk in the park. It’s an endeavor that will cost you an arm and a leg.
In many occurrences, I tend to differ with the person who said that experience is the best teacher. My contrary argument is; some experiences are far much tormenting than the lesson they teach. If you decide to settle with the school of my conscious thoughts, please be advised that; emigrating to the United States of America without a very clear conscience of WHO you are or WHAT you want is the greatest mistake you can make in your life. I have seen people quit great jobs in their mother country only to end up depressed in the United States of America to a point of using and abusing drugs in quest for solace. Worse still, others sell their valuable properties and possessions with an extremely strong self-conviction that they will buy properties of a greater value than what they sold, only to end up in total disappointment after realizing that they can’t even afford a property of a lesser value than the one they sold. With that knowledge in your mind, apart from re-consulting your thoughts before you decide to migrate to America, you should as well consult God for clarity on your decision lest you loose the one bird in your hand for the two in the bush.
The very first thing you must train yourself as soon as you migrate to the United States is being time conscious or in other words, time management. The decades old mediocre mindset that allows most Africans to find comfort in getting late with a ridiculous excuse namely ‘African time’ should never follow you to America. What will save you from wasting this most precious and free asset called time is an extremely clear conscience of WHO you are and WHAT you intend to achieve in life after migrating. Anything less will be a true recipe of future regrets. The answers to your WHO and WHAT will simultaneously answer the third most important question in a human being’s life; WHY AM I HERE?
United States of America is a country of great opportunities on both spectrums of life. By this I mean, it’s a country where you can move from rugs to riches or from a morally devoted and focused person to the worst criminal on the face of earth. The greatest and most powerful people on earth are here and so are the worst malefactors. For you to resist the snares of the American temptations, you desperately need God’s presence in your life and sobriety in your conscience. Making a rigid decision to always stick with God like prophet Joshua will be a great decision. “..choose you now……but for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Jushua 24:15 As a grownup, you certainly have the freedom of choice. Indeed, the choice is all your, nonetheless, never ever forget that choices have consequences.
If by any chance you will forget everything else in this blog, kindly don’t forget the wisdom packed scriptures in the book of Ecclesiastes 9:11; ‘I have seen something else under the sun, the race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.’
These scriptures are a perfect reminder that; you don’t need any supernatural power to become successful in life. As long as you get 24 hours a day just like Elon Musk, Aliko Dangote and the like, you have what it takes to become successful in life. Kindly spend your time wisely with the knowledge that: Failure is not aiming high and missing, it’s aiming low and hitting.