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Tactics for Success, No. 15: Good Will Be Rewarded with Good

15. Good will be rewarded with good. I have gotten so much help from my college in the years since coming to the U.S. that now I am trying to give back by sitting on the Boards of organizations that do good for foreign borns. I am trying to give back to my law school, the State University of New York Law School at Buffalo, and Cleveland State University in my home town, by sitting on the advisory board. I also give scholarships to help Notre Dame College in Cleveland.

What goes around comes around.

I work closely with my church, because without everything they have taught me, the values they imparted to me, and their scholarships, I would not be where I am today. Remember: the good that America has done for us and all the kindness to others will be paid back one day.

Only in this country can we reinvent ourselves in less than one lifetime and see the changes and joy that the freedom can give us. It is not fleeting. We can go get a cup of coffee and enjoy it in the sun outside or at night in our own homes without the fear that it would be taken away from us or that we would be jailed for no reason. Most people in the United States do not discriminate as much as we think they do. When they do treat us a little oddly, usually it is because we are doing things a little differently from what they expect (not holding doors open to others behind us, crossing the street when we’re not supposed to, etc.). Sometimes they are just jealous that we work so hard and make them look bad for not putting in as much effort. But we do so mostly because we don’t have much choice – unlike them, we don’t have as many friends and family to fall back on in times of economic hardship. Once we educate them about the reasons why we are here, they will understand us better. If they don’t, that is their problem and not ours. We can only do so much within our power to change the world. Let’s try to take one step at a time.