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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made no secret about his positions on immigration, as recently as yesterday in his token meeting with the President of Mexico, he continued to present his anti-immigration positions even his continued insistence that a wall be built. Unfortunately his rhetoric is nothing new; this country has always had divided feelings about its undocumented immigrants. While feelings may differ the intention of those who come to America (or who are brought here) illegally is simple: the opportunity of a better life.

Given that Labor Day weekend is upon us. We thought it an ideal time to take a look at what immigrants can teach us. Because, while there are many opportunities America can offer citizens of other countries that arrive here illegally, there is plenty that we can learn from them, too.

Refine Your Work Ethic & Be Mindful of the Big Picture

As Americans we often believe that if a certain job or career is not “working out” we are obligated to quit and find one that is a better fit. That approach can weaken our work ethic and in turn our job prospects. Undocumented immigrants don’t have that luxury. Instead they operate with a titanium-encrusted work ethic. Every job opportunity is approached with discipline, integrity and a feeling of responsibility. They understand that deviation from these ethics is devastating and crippling to their quality of life. So trust, there is no dashing out of the workplace at 5 p.m. sharp; no complaining about a commute to and from work; there is no proverbial dog that ate his or her homework. There is however, a steely resolve to get the job done because there is often way more at stake than a paycheck.

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About The Author

José Albino, M.A.

José Albino is a Certified Life and Empowerment Coach and a trained psychotherapist. As a writing angles are diverse, he often writes about personal development and growth. His most recent book, which he ca-authored, The Happy Law Practice; Strategies to Build Business While Maintaining Peace of Mind, can be found on Amazon. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany, M.A. in Counseling from The George Washington University and certifications from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and NYU School of Social Work. You can visit his website at www.josealbino.com.

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