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“This I Believe” About The Good Life: What It Means To An Immigrant

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Everyone desires to live a good life and people are always searching for ways to do so. In my case, by moving to the United States, I now have the opportunity to live a good life, but my definition differs from everyone else’s. I believe that living a good life means getting a good education, working hard, family support, willing to adapt new environment, having a leader, and becoming a self-made individual.
My family and I moved from Pakistan eleven years ago in search of a better life. Their main purpose in moving here in the U. S. was to send me to an American college to gain a first-class education. My father ran a convenient store and a medical store for over 20 years. I remember that he used to walk to his shop to work everyday. His dream is to see me becoming a successful businessman. Furthermore, he expects me to have my own office, wearing a nice handmade Italian suit, and performing computer related jobs. Now that I am ready to graduate, my father’s dream will come true. All I did was work hard and I am optimistic that I will find success.
In Pakistan, people are stricken with poverty, the economy is unstable, and there are no opportunities to fulfill one’s goals. The U.S. economy is abundant and ripe with jobs. The only attribute is that one has to go out and want a job. Pakistan is more of a follower than a leader. It essentially adopts America’s ideals, but does not attain them. The poverty and unemployment rates are increasing daily. In many cases, one person works in the family and rest of the individuals sit back and play cricket or watch movies all day long. There is no hope of becoming a self-made person. The system is backwards and I think it requires a change. In contrast, living in America for eleven years, I realized that people are motivated and productive. This is the attitude that governs the decision that I make in my everyday life. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Americans follow the proverb ‘time is money.’ Everyone works hard and people are motivated to achieve their goals. Although, in every country the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. It is possible to change that by working hard.
One can live a good life if he or she works hard. A good example to support this is Benjamin Franklin. He was a great citizen of America and worked hard in order to live up to his definition of a good life. His father was a candle maker and Franklin was not satisfied with it, then he decided to work in the printing press. He made his trip to England, and while he was there, he found a job in the printing industry so he decided to stay there. He stayed in England more than five years and developed very good relations with Englishmen. Franklin was also sent to France to negotiate a treaty of commerce and stayed there nine years. He became a hero to the French. He was a scientist, inventor, philosopher, musician, and economist. He has proven this ideal to be true, people do...

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