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The Triple Package Paperback – February 5, 2014
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But this idea is not well developed in the book and no attempt is made to explain the spectacular inventions of past centuries, made, primarily, by men of wealth and security. Might it be that, rather than a feeling of insecurity, a more reliable second leg of the Triple Package stool is humility?
A young America, they point out, certainly had the Triple Package in spades. We were a special people, we were insecure on the untamed edge of a new and largely unknown land, and we were willing to endure great hardships and take great risks to prove ourselves to our European “superiors.” While Americans obviously retain an elevated sense of “specialness,” it’s debatable whether we are any longer possessed of the humility necessary to feel any level inadequacy. As to impulse control – the willingness to forego immediate gratification for some future benefit – sadly, no.
Chua and Rubenstein examine various groups that have achieved economic success despite having to overcome social disadvantages. The successes of Chinese, Japanese, Jewish and Lebanese immigrants, for example, are described in detail. Interestingly, the authors make a point that great success leads, inevitably, to a loss of insecurity and thereby threatens further success.
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In Jim Rogers' "The Investment Biker", we see Jim and his girlfriend in China, looking at Chinese beekeepers. Jim mentions how hard the Chinese work. This is over in China, so he's not talking about Chinese Americans. I grew up Jewish, despite a later conversion to Christianity, and even though I dropped out of college and graduated a low-level Bible school, I returned to other campuses to end up a PhD chemist. There are drives within us, call it genetics, perhaps a bit of supposedly disproven Lamarckian inheritance, we really don't know understand it completely yet. These drives are perhaps greater in certain groups no matter where they are. THAT'S part of the reason I believe that Asians do so well here. THAT'S a great part of why I, a college dropout of Jewish ethnicity, couldn't look in the mirror shamelessly until I had my first earned college degree. Culture? America? Maybe it's more than that.
The problem is that this book does not take a serious look at how the Chinese are doing IN CHINA, or how the Jews are doing IN ISRAEL, which has more companies on the NASDAQ than any other nation besides the US. The Israelis aren't trying to prove themselves as immigrants, nor are the Chinese. The Nigerians do well here, great. Now how are they doing in Nigeria? I think a better look at the stock from which these immigrant groups come is in order. And forgive me if I seem racist, I'm really not. But I've been around long enough, and traveled, studied, and worked in enough countries, to get beyond modern American political correctness. And I think that showing how well certain immigrant groups do HERE is only half the story.
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I thought the book was great has a variety of things that you can learn and I found it very interestingPublished 15 months ago by Celina Bowen