Entrepreneur – In my day we called them migrants (8)

Willing to risk and jump into the unknown, we were called migrants

In 1968, coming towards the port of Fremantle, my mother looked at the flatness of the land, with no buildings and said to my dad, “Where are we going to find work here?”

Like most migrants to Australia, they arrived from countries with ancient cities, established cultures and a rich heritage.

Migrants, like my parents didn’t waste any time once they landed on foreign soil. They knocked on doors and took on any job or two or even three they could find.

Migrants, like entrepreneurs have always come across as outsiders and struggle to fit into new societies. Out of a necessity to survive and the notion of being ostracised after they have sacrificed so much becomes the seedbed for a new way of thinking and living.

Migrants and entrepreneurs both have a relatively high sense of self

They do what they have to do to survive and will work endlessly to fulfil their dreams. Most struggle for years before they see breakthrough yet they continue on in their passions to succeed or die trying.

They always know where to find money to get what they want. Mum and dad moved into their first house within a year of landing on the port of Fremantle. The house was a one bedroom fibro home and it housed a family of five. Within a couple of years we moved into our second home that was brick and tile with three bedrooms and a huge backyard.

Migrants and entrepreneurs both know how to multiply their investments

Mum’s dream was to have her own land and a roof over her head. Mum turned that small plot of land into a botanic garden and a vegie patch that could feed a small village.

In the fifties and sixties it was the Greeks, Macedonians, Italians and other parts of Europe that migrated to Perth. They multiplied their investments through very simple principles. They saw opportunity where others saw wasted land and bush. They took the skills and knowledge from their old country and invested them in foreign soil. Everything was a opportunity and the idea of owning your own business and property seemed like a dream come true in this harsh environment.

In the seventies and eighties we saw an influx of Vietnamese migrants and other parts of Asia. They to followed in the exact footsteps of the European migrant/entrepreneurs.

To the up and coming entrepreneurs – Be warned, you will face the same obstacles migrants have faced for generations.

  1. You will always be considered an outsider until you have made it, and then they’ll still struggle to accept you but respect you, they may. 
  2. Most wont understand your language because entrepreneurs like most migrants have an accent unique to them. (my mum died at 93 years of age and after fifty years in Australia still couldn’t speak English)  
  3. They will see you as a threat to their way of life. How is it my mum turned a suburban back yard into paradise and needed very little to survive.  
  4. They wont appreciate your disruptive ideas. You make things look too easy. 
  5. It’s a long game but your children or the next generation will reap the benefits of your ways if you stay they course. 

If you have a dream, today is the day to chase it.

Australia celebrated it’s population of over 25 million people. We welcome more people from around the world that are willing to invest their time and skill to add to the beauty of our great land.

Entrepreneur – In my day we called them migrants

Perhaps you’ve buried your entrepreneurial skills and feel the urge to resurface them?

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