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When I landed at the Newark airport and proceeded to Boston in 2005 I had just landed in this country with $ 325 in my pocket and was on a student visa. I racked up $ 100,000 in student loans over the next few years. Paid it all off by 2010 and today our net worth is $ 2.2 million projected to close at $ 6 million by the time I retire. Work hard. Stay humble. You can do anything in this country with capitalism and free enterprise.

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Thank you for sharing this. It kills me that immigrants to this country are more grateful to our system than the native-born brats who are ankle-biting the success of others and assuming all gained wealth is stolen. My great grandfather came to the US 112 years ago at the age of 19, no money, completely illiterate, with only basic skills as a baker. I'm grateful to him taking that leap of faith every day.

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American Descendants of Slaves did not choose to come to America and we still have to endure a racist country. America was built on stolen slave labor and stolen land but it is great your great grandfather could build for himself with almost nothing and pass those gains to his descendants. If this person only came to America with $325 they would be homeless within a week. They had family connections or some help. This isn’t 112 years ago. Even with your great grandfather while he may have come to America with meager means how could he afford the ship that brought him to America if he had absolutely nothing.

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OP - have you ever considered that you arrived in the US in a very strong position to succeed. You say that you had a student visa which implies that you were admitted to college. A good college degree is still the #1 social upward ticket in the US. Too many Americans grow up without a realistic path towards a college degree (driven by childhood poverty, lack of healthcare, wrong school district, opioid-addicted parents etc).

I am sure that you worked hard and I don’t want downplay what you achieved, but simply try to add to your perspective.

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There’s a lack of understanding of dualism and multiplicity because both privilege and accountability can live in the same space. While parts of the US may not be “as bad as other countries” everyone has their own threshold for pain based on their lived experiences. Let’s stop playing the oppression olympics and take the time to understand root causes of issues and show the empathy half of you obviously didn’t get.

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Good for you! People act like America is a terrible place, and it certainly has its problems, but there aren’t many other places in the world where stories like this can happen.

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D11, it is a simple truth that this can be replicated in other countries.

My grandparents came to the US as refugees when they were young, they had their family in the US but were poor all their life. My father grew up poor, and I was poor when I was a kid.

Then my dad left for Spain first, and then Canada to start a distribution and transportation business. With that, he was able to set us up for college. We are doing well with the Canada business.

The rest of my family is still scrapping by every day in the US.

The US is good and you can grow if you come in with advantages, but if not, there are many other countries that will give you a fair chance as well.

You landed at EWR then went to Boston? Why not just fly into Boston? Weird post

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Stay humble. Lol

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Ignore the comments OP, you worked hard for it.
Cheers 🍻

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Let me guess you joined when Amazon was at 600 and when it jumped to 3000 your net worth went up 5 times

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I love all the hatred of this individual's success. You worked hard, you made good choices, your number is more likely to hit.

People in this thread upset about their lack of similar success and projecting it on to the successful. Good luck with that attitude (you won't be successful under any economic system...)

How did you get a student visa in 2005 with $325 in your pocket? 🤔

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He could also be telling the truth. TONS of students every year defraud immigration by showing bank balances arranged through brokers for getting their student visas approved. You can be a millionaire on paper for few thousand bucks.

Stay Humble = Humble Brag

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Pissing me off that so many people say that it's luck. @OP, don't listen to the haters. You did amazing things and worked your ass off, and don't let these negative Nancys tell you amy different. Congrarulations on living the American dream. You keep it up. I'm proud of you for taking initiative and putting the work in to be successful.

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How as a foreigner could you get 100K student loan?

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PWC1, yes there are alot of immigrant students who come into this country with almost nothing. They come here for the promise of a better life that this country provides and are hyper driven because there is no fallback plan and there is NOBODY to blame.

Stories like this that leave out very important details, family connections, people that helped you, etc. are tired. Yes, there is a lot of opportunity in America. There is also a lot of classism, institutional racism, etc. Don’t minimize the life experiences of others based on your own.

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Immigrant here too. I also experienced it as a land of opportunities, especially financially, but it comes at a price. You know what I mean :)

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Immigrant here three. Just what do you mean it comes with a price? Sounds ominous.
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This post is so self-contradictory 😂

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Is $6M net worth by retirement really that big of a deal for the educated class today? I mean you’ll never be able to buy that $25M house in Beverly Hills

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Youre right SM2, whats the point of even trying if you can get that house in the hills right?

This reads like LinkedIn post from a “motivational speaker”

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Rather reads like a post from the Tea Party convention

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Thanks for sharing, people are so entitled these days. I couldn’t agree more with this post!

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Immigrant here also. Also came with relatively little and racked up a comparable student debt. Also paid it off.
Don’t have the $ OP does, but living a wonderful life here in America. Love my adoptive country with all my heart. God bless America. 🇺🇸

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Did you marry a millionaire?

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Congrats OP, You lucked out. Here is hoping many others are just as fortunate.

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And no one is saying not to work hard. I guess working hard gives you a CHANCE to succeed. Maybe the real moral of the story is that you miss all shots you don’t take?

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