An American Tale


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I recently came across a doctor who is a man to be admired. His humility prompts me to withhold his name from this post.

He was born in Zambia, Africa, formerly Rhodesia, to Asian-Indian parents. He was educated in a system under which schools were divided according to Brown people, Black people, and White people. Despite the government-imposed racial and cultural disadvantages, he managed to get to England, where he was awarded diplomas from Cambridge University and The University of London. He subsequently moved to India to study medicine in Gujarat University, and did his Internship in Africa.

The good doctor did his residency in Internal Medicine in the USA, and completed a fellowship in the Cardiology program affiliated with the Columbia University of New York. He then moved to another state and began a practice in Cardiology.

After becoming very successful as a distinguished cardiologist, he expanded his business to other areas, developing more than a dozen different practices in other fields of medicine. For most of us, those achievements would constitute more than the American Dream. However, this hero engaged himself in a service business that has expanded so much it provides care for nearly 100,000 patients.

This man’s financial success was enormous, as he helped to grow his companies exponentially, ultimately building a billion-dollar enterprise, with nearly 2000 employees servicing a half-million people – and he never forgot to give back. He developed huge charitable organizations, helping millions of less-fortunate people, not only in the USA, but also in Asia and Africa.

There is a lesson here for all of us. Let us dump the excuses once and for all. Forget the excuse of cultural disadvantage. Overcome the racial prejudice. Stop whining about economic disadvantage. In a country where libraries not only exist, but also allow free access, failure is only an excuse. Hopefully, Americans will begin to recognize government dependency as slavery and end the societal curse forever.

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  1. This is precisely the sort of Success Story that everyone needs to hear. This person didn't succeed because of Social Justice, redistribution of the wealth, or Socialism. He succeeded out of a strong desire to succeed. He went to places that cultivated that desire. His success has allowed him to give back and help others who share that same desire to also become successful.

    Love this.

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    1. Robin: I know I don't have all the answers, but this seems so clear to me. I rarely hear from those who disagree, unless they are launching four-letter words at me.

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  2. Poverty and the OPPORTUNITY for success seem to drive people to achieve.

    Somehow we need to assure the "safety net" does not become a perminent trap.

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    1. joeh: You got that right, Brother. I do understand that many citizens seemingly do not have "opportunity" for a variety of reasons. But give me the circumstances, and I will e-mail the solution. Will politicians do that? Also, I am not a very religious guy, just a human being. However, I will help anyone who asks. No one ever asks.

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  3. Robin: I know I don't have all the answers, but this seems so clear to me. I rarely hear from those who disagree, unless they are launching four-letter words at me.

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  4. Wouldn't it be nice if there were more influential people in this world to mentor and bring about change in the attitudes of a "Give Me" society.~Ames

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    1. Ames: I'm sure they are out there. They are not as boisterous as those unhappy with American freedom.

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  5. Well said....

    As always another poignant and honest post. It's true, with an iron will almost anything can be accomplished.

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    1. Michael: I am convinced that education is the answer, and it is free. However, in the USA, people have a right to be ignorant and lazy.

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  6. This is exactly the kind of story that we all need to normalize and share at every opportunity. Flooding the market with stories of hope like this would do us all a lot of good. And then serve to push out all the excuses. I love it!!!

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    1. Jasmine: Thank you. I am all for helping those unable to help themselves. However, if we stop looking at national origin, ethnicity, and race as obstacles instead of advantages, it would work - like it used to years ago.

      We took the 4% of the population that was not enjoying what America has to offer and turned it into 40% with government dependency. We should have focused on educating the 4% when we had the chance. Pouring more money into education might work, if it went to education. Sending it to bureaucrats is like trying to sneak the first beam of sunlight passed a rooster.

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