This is common with immigrant families. My parents are from Bicol, Philippines. They, like many immigrants, who came to U.S. had the same idea - America was the land of opportunity. My parents didn't have a lot when they came to the U.S. but they knew and were determined to raise a family and provide a better life for their children.
My dad worked hard in the insurance business but eventually became an accidental entrepreneur. He and my mom bought real estate in Philadelphia, owned a jewelry store, and even owned very popular pizzaria - Spruce Pizza. I remember back in the day, my parents worked long, hard hours at the pizza shop and even tried to make my sisters and I work there as well. We, on the other hand, were not thrilled about it but we helped anyway.
As time past, my sisters and I were preparing to attend college and my parents went through many financial struggles, like many families and entrepreneurs do. It was tough on them but they persevered - through hard work and with many, many prayers.
Fast forward, decades later, I am not a doctor or a lawyer but I am an entrepreneur. I remember after I graduated from New York University, I told myself that all I wanted to do is work for a corporation. The thought of becoming an entrepreneur never crossed my mind. Well, look at me now - I am a wife, a mom to 4 kids, and have 2 businesses - patemm inc and (g}Collaborative. I guess becoming an entrepreneur was always in my DNA. Thank you, Dad for becoming an accidental entrepreneur and showing me the way. Your hard work, determination, and entrepreneurial "gene" is clearly in me...
Happy Father's Day, Dad. Thank you for your continued love, support, and guidance.