What is the difference between someone who has lived in privilege and someone who has borne great suffering? Philosophers have decried entitlement and have warned of its slippery slope toward oblivion. People celebrate the fortitude of the one who overcomes in movies, books and the stories they like on Facebook. The message spoken by Tan Le in the video below illuminates the prevailing heart of those who have lost everything and become determined to reach beyond the stereotypes of their new neighbors. Tan Le inspires the watcher to refuse to accept anything but excellence and to open up the heart to the possibilities of exploration in a life journey toward destiny.
Tan Le: My Immigration Story
Tan Le is a co-founder and the CEO of Emotiv. From Emotiv’s site, one can discover that “EMOTIV is a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain using electroencephalography (EEG). Our mission is to empower individuals to understand their own brain and accelerate brain research globally.”
Le may be the CEO of a successful technology company, but her beginnings could not have revealed the truth of her present situation. Along with her grandmother, mother, and little sister, Le escaped Vietnam at the age of four. Their journey led them to Australia as Asian immigrants.
She described poverty and lack. She explained racism and isolation. These issues didn’t deter her.
Le discovered education, and she proved her ability. She decided to succeed and became an influence on the culture of Australia. Her story continues to prove that a person is never completely without as long as he or she refuses to accept defeat and does whatever it takes to win.
Suffering produces in some the ability to conquer no matter what the odds.
Entitlement produces in some the concept that “what we have is ours and we don’t have to share.” This ultimately leads to reduced productivity, laziness, and difficult seasons of winter where the grasshopper starves while the ant enjoys the success of its community.
Le’s story is just one example of foreign-born innovation. Regardless of location of birth, anyone has the potential to add value to the world. Those who have always had everything may not understand what it is like to lose it all. Those who have lost it all may develop the drive and have the tenacity to do whatever it takes to contribute in their communities. Le’s story, even though it originates in Vietnam and Australia, is a peephole into the truth of what is happening on the landscape of American business.
Written by wertzgroup, aka Alan Soltys.