High-school drop-out, boxer, teenage mill worker, now Horatio Alger-winner

“To me, the immigrant personality is about frugality, a 24/7 work ethic and a passion to succeed. It’s not about being 9-to-5. It’s about producing. People with this persona become obsessed with ideas. If you go into any entrepreneurial pursuit, it never succeeds if it’s 9-to-5. Even if you stay longer, if your heart is really there, 5 p.m. shouldn’t even be on your mind. Immigrant personalities just don’t turn the light off at five and worry about things the next day. I also believe an immigrant personality has not been spoiled to expect certain things. And success isn’t just measured by how many dollars you have in the bank.”

Posted April 27, 2001

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