Can I successfully immigrate to America and start a business?

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Dear Norm,
I am a Korean-born female. I majored in sociology as undergraduate and worked as magazine reporter. After that, I spent two years in U.S.A., got my M.B.A. at Wharton, and came back to Korea. I did business planning at Citibank Korea for five years. I left due to boredom and joined an established Internet company in Korea. Here is my problem. My husband got a job offer from a Korean-run start-up in Los Angeles. I want to go with him and start my own business in U.S.A., but I’m not sure I can be successful, since I have very little connections, knowledge, and some language limitation. What do you think?
Jeongwon

Dear Jeongwon,
I think you should follow your dreams. To me, success isn’t about achieving a specific goal but rather about having the courage to try. Of course, you want to build a successful business, and you probably will. The factors you consider handicaps are easily overcome in this day and age. Given your background, I’m sure you’ll have no trouble with language or connections, and your experience is fabulous. More important than the company you build, however, is the life you lead. If you have a dream and don’t follow it, you’ll regret it forever.
Yours truly, Norm

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