"American Dream" in New Zealand?
noun: American dream
the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved.
The world is all familiar with the American Dream; the rags to riches overnight success stories that make that country so great. I often hear:
“I can be successful if I live in America” or “They are successful because they’re American” From movies and successful stories we are led to believe to look up to America.
That is ridiculous for you to limit your success based on your location.
“Only Companies in the Americas will be considered.”
Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve read that line. Being a generation Z - the internet generation, I spend time each day finding more opportunities to grow myself and my business. I fill out a lot of applications hoping that one might succeed (where my preparation meets an opportunity). Before I even write my name on the form I scroll down, hoping it’s open to applicants worldwide. It’s truly shocking that more than half the time, my location stops me from applying to something.
Do I let this stop me? I try not to, but sometimes my location definitely stands in my way for me to grasp opportunities. For example earlier this year I really want to attend the Forbes 30U30 Conference in Boston, the lineup of speakers and performers was amazing. What stopped me from going? Return flights are a crazy $2,800+ let alone accommodation!
“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That's part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that's where I imagine it - there's a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you'll live forever in your own private library.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
So let’s create the New Zealand dream. We can’t let our location stop us from becoming great. We can’t let our tall poppy syndrome stand in the way, we must be willing to work hard, and we too can be successful and build a good life for us and our family. Don't let your country limit your vision for success.