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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