Character Creates Opportunity® – What Two Immigrants Taught Me: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Immigration has always played a significant role in the history of the United States.  In recent years, the debate has intensified with mostly extreme views on both sides taking up most of the air in the room.  Given the ongoing and important dialogue around immigration, I wanted to utilize the forum of the Character Creates Opportunity blog to provide a personal moment of reflection on a principle that was taught to me by two immigrants I know very well. The timeless, universal, and self-evident principle I learned from two immigrants was SERVICE to a cause greater than my own is the gateway to make a positive impact and reach one’s full potential.  In addition, I have seen this principle embodied in the efforts of countless numbers of immigrants I have come to know throughout my 50 years on this planet. The two immigrants who taught me the principle of service to a cause greater than my own are my mom and dad.  My mother came to this country by herself at the age of 18 from Glasgow, Scotland.  My father is a second-generation Italian immigrant.   Family As my mother came to this nation by herself, it was the open […]