Life as a millennial immigrant.
So, there’s this histories all around the web about successful immigrants. Google was founded by a Russian immigrant and I believe there is no more accurate depiction of immigrant success than that of Sergey Brin. One of my role models, Mr. Gary Vaynerchuk is also a soviet immigrant and a hugely successful entrepreneur nowadays. But anyway, my history goes like this …
I was born and raised in beautiful Mexico. Contrary to what the Soviet Union was in the 70’s, Mexico is a cool place. Not one of the best economies in the world, but it is often recognized as an emerging force. I firmly believe that Mexico is a world leader when it comes to a few categories. I am 100000% sure that there is no other thing like Mexican food. Food, people and places are the best things Mexico has to offer to the world. So, why the decision of leaving that?
Being born in 1990, video games were a fundamental part of my childhood. My parents gave me the Nintendo console as a christmas gift when I was about 5 years old, then they would get me the SNES a couple years later, then the N64 and so on until this day. (I bought the ps4 myself) Living in a country that borders the United States, much of our cultural influence was coming from the northern neighbor. Cartoons? Cartoon Network & Nickelodeon (those were the good times) Music? Backstreetboys, Nsync, Limp Bizkit, Eminem, Blink 182, Red Hot Chili Peppers among others. TV? Mtv mostly (when it was an actual channel) Movies? Toy Story, Hercules, The Lion King, Space Jam, etc etc. (I still cry about Mufasa)
I don’t recall any moment in my life where I learned to speak English. I just knew how to. Maybe it was because of the countless hours in front of the TV playing Zelda and listening to Mtv’s top 10.
Then the internet came along and my english-speaking skills increased. The cultural influence also increased.
So, I was born and raised in Mexico but I had a global culture. It’s kinda weird but it’s also kinda cool. Now at 25 years old I decided to take the leap and move to The USA. And man oh man, is life hard. Hard but rewarding, and that’s something I didn’t have back home. I was a Marketing Director for a couple of start ups back home and truth be told, my digital skills are on point. I, by now, speak two languages fluently, completed a Bachelors Degree in one of Mexico’s most prestigious universities. But hey, we can’t hire you because you’re new and basically have no experience when it comes to working in the States.
I’ve been here for about 6 months and held several minimum wage jobs and I’m ok with that. I was not born to be an employee anyway. I came here looking for new ideas, new people and new places. And I must say that when you work at McDonalds, you really force yourself to think about what you’re doing with your life. I believe that putting yourself in this kind of situations (immigrant, other language, minimum wage, etc) is a good step when it comes to reinventing yourself. Immigrants don’t waste money or time on stupid stuff. We came here with a dream, and we’ll work our asses off in order to achieve it. Cliché? maybe, but there’s a reason Clichés exist. They are real.
Mexico, I miss your people, your places and specially your food (I dream about barbacoa every night, I kid you not) But I came here because I felt that I’ve been thinking in English for 25 years. I don’t know where life is gonna take me tomorrow but I know that today, I’m one step closer.