“We’re all emigrants, and if you embrace that emigrant edge, you can have a ‘rags to riches’ story in whatever area of your life you wish to focus on.” — Brian Buffini

According to Forbes Magazine, forty percent of the largest companies in the U.S. were founded by immigrants or their children, including Google, Technichron and even our own Buffini & Company. Brian Buffini has studied the “rags to riches” stories of other emigrants and found there are seven traits among people who have arrived in America with nothing and went on to achieve success. In this episode, Brian outlines each of the seven traits that all successful emigrants share and offers examples of business leaders who embody the characteristic. You’ll learn about the natural advantages and disadvantages of being an emigrant, why they view opportunity differently than others, and how to incorporate the seven traits into your life and business. This is an episode you’ll want to listen to again and again.


Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“For 150 years, Ireland’s greatest export has been its people.” — Brian Buffini

“If you want to change your life, you have to move from one place to another. In order to grow at all, you have to make a decision as if you’re leaving one place to go to another.” — Brian Buffini

“As soon as you start to pursue a dream, everything wakes up and everything has meaning.” — Barbara Sher in I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It

“There’s a divine beauty in learning. Others have been here before me and I walk in their footsteps.” — Elie Wiesel

“When you’re an emigrant, everything is an opportunity, and you see opportunity everywhere.” — Brian Buffini

Eat the meat and then go after the marrow and the bones.” — Brian Buffini.

“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with—a man is what he makes of himself.” — Alexander Graham Bell

“All growth depends on activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” — Calvin Coolidge

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” — Cicero

“When you start the day with the spirit of gratitude, everything else in your day works.” — Brian Buffini

“We pinch ourselves every day that this is what we get to do for a living.” — Jay Wright, Head Coach at Villanova

“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all.” — Sir Richard Branson

“The ability to discipline yourself and delay gratification in the short term, in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term, is the indispensable prerequisite for success.” — Brian Tracy

“If you do what is easy, your life will be hard; but if you do what is hard, your life will be easy.” — Les Brown

“Keep perspective of how far they’ve come. In order to appreciate a mountaintop you have to remember what the valley looks like.” — Brian Buffini

“Somebody in your life came before you and fought so you could live your life. Someone in your lineage, that you don’t even know, somebody in your life paid a price to give you a better opportunity—what would they do with your opportunity?” — Brian Buffini

“At the end of the day we’re all emigrants, and if you embrace that emigrant edge, you can have a “rags to riches” story in whatever area of your life you wish to focus on.” — Brian Buffini


Emigrant stories, people and other things mentioned in the episode:

  • Vivek Ranadivé, owner of the Sacramento Kings NBA team
  • Madeleine Albright, 64thS. Secretary of State
  • Sergey Brin, founder of Google
  • Peter Petrasek, who along with his wife left all their money to the U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Jay Wright, head coach for Villanova University’s men’s basketball team
  • The painting “An Emigrant Ship, Dublin Bay at Sunset” by the artist Edwin Hayes
  • Lou Holtz
  • Tommy Hopkins
  • Zig Ziglar
  • Lou Tice
  • Stephen Covey
  • Og Mandino
  • Jim Rohn
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Cicero
  • Sir Richard Branson
  • Brian Tracy
  • Les Brown


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