How do you determine success? Many people equate success
with how well we are doing at work. In Canada, work is an important factor,
but it is not the only thing, or even the main thing, to be considered.
Success here is more tied in with a sense of self-worth and happiness.
On the west coast, in particular, we have a pretty
laid-back view of life. Most people have managed to develop multiple facets
in their lives, giving themselves many avenues to excel and achieve success.
We can be successful as an artist, poet, parent, or as a gardeneróand each
of these can be given as much weight as work success.
For a new immigrant to survive here, there is often a need
for a shift in perspectives. Many immigrants have left powerful, high paying
jobs to emigrate here. The chance of attaining a similar position in Canada
isnít great. The jobs that are easier to get into and that might be
considered to be of low status in their countries of origin are often
considered to be perfectly respectable jobs here. Bus drivers, plumbers, and
carpenters are well respected and often earn more than white-collar workers
such as bank managers or school teachers.
The other major shift is in who gets to decide a personís
success. Unlike some other countries where success is determined externally,
success here is often determined from within and is measured by the
feel-good index. In other words, you are as happy as you feel Ė and anyone
who tells you differently can go fly a kite.
Be yourself, and live the life that makes you most
comfortable. Adapt and be ready to discard old prejudices; try something
different and you might find your life getting more fun, interesting and
Good luck! L.
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