Gain An Edge
He arrived in the USA from Ireland with ninety-two dollars. He’s since founded a successful business training company and is a leading business expert. Brian Buffini shares his success formula in his new book, The Emigrant Edge: How to Make It Big in America.
Brian’s focus in on emigrants, but the success principles are universal. I recently asked him about his new book.
“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.” –William James
You outline the characteristics of successful emigrants and argue that these can be mastered by anyone seeking success. Tell us about your story. Is the approach different as an emigrant?
I’m Irish, and where I come from emigration is a very big deal. I moved to this great country as a nineteen-year-old with ninety-two dollars in my pocket, and now I’m a wealthy businessman. I’m the classic American rags-to-riches story. But I haven’t just acquired material wealth since I came here. I also possess a priceless internal fulfillment that no amount of money can buy. Why have I succeeded when people who are born and raised here haven’t? I believe I have the Emigrant Edge – a special mix of qualities that have given me a head start over native-born Americans. My life’s work has been dedicated to teaching people how to live the American Dream. I believe no matter where you’re from, you too can adopt these traits in your own life and attain success beyond your wildest dreams. I hope my new book THE EMIGRANT EDGE will help people live the American Dream.
7 Traits of Success from Brian Buffini
- A voracious desire to learn.
- A do whatever it takes mind-set
- A willingness to outwork others
- A heartfelt spirit of gratitude
- A boldness to invest
- A commitment to delay gratification
- An appreciation of where they came from
Turn off the TV and turn on learning
It is easy to lose yourself in mindless TV or spend hours on social media. However, you need to stay focused on things that help you grow. You need to upgrade your input – and that includes what you read, watch, and listen to. Continuing professional development is also vital. You need to invest in your learning. If you lack the skills needed for today’s market, the market will quickly render you redundant. Part of the secret is finding accountability partners – it could be a good friend, a mentor, or a coach – to help you stay focused and reach out of your comfort zone. Finally, you need to apply what you have learned. Listening is never enough – you must apply the teaching if you want your life to change.
“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” –Bill Bradley
How can people develop a Do-Whatever-It-Takes Mindset?