I'm originally from India. I moved to America during the Fall of 2010. Coming from a different culture, it was a challenge. But after adapting and interacting with more people, I've learned that people are all the same. We just live in different cultures. After growing and developing myself, I recognized how my viewpoints and perspective on life changed. Social interactions are so important. I made the effort to keep meeting new people to make more connections.
I also discovered a love for reading more books and a love for self-improvement. A book that really changed my life was a book called "The Compound Effect". The concept of the book is basically saying that anything that you want to do in your life, you have to do it everyday consistently. After a few weeks of doing it, it develops into a strong habit. I feel like I've always had this instilled in me because I'm more of a marathon runner instead of a sprinter. But after reading that book I came face to face with my internal philosophy. I use to stay away from consistency because I had this fear of success. But the book really helped me get past that.
America is a country where you have resources for everything. So if there's anything that you want to learn or improve on, you can do it here. That is one thing about this country that I think a lot of people overlook. India is filled with a lot of intelligent people, but there isn't as much freedom there as it is in America. When it comes to learning new things or developing new perspectives, India can be kind of conservative at times. But it's getting better though.
I'm honestly ok with everything I've done from the past to now. Had I not been who I was back then, I would've never made it out here. I can honestly say that I'm proud of myself. Even though I haven't had any big success yet, I'm happy with who I'm becoming."- Parth