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By: Emiliya Strahilova/Arab America Contributing Writer
It is said that ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun. In 2017 we witnessed plenty of small and bigger victories of popular Arab Americans from various fields. How do Arab Americans make it to the top of the ladder in their career? What stands behind their resourceful set of skills and that helpful gut feeling?
1. Trade Background
Since early history, Arabs play a major role in the exchange of goods. Geographically, the region of Arabia was positioned at the heart of the Old World. This advantage gave traders the opportunity not only to provide basic commodities for themselves but also benefit from the increasing popularity of luxury items such as silk, spices, precious stones, and metals. As a result, the inhabitants of those crossroads lands developed shrewd entrepreneurial sense.
It is imprinted on Arab Americans DNA to stand for themselves. They are goal oriented and their electrified ego gives them the confidence to dare and invest. Taking risks is part of their characters and even if they face failures, they will not lose the fortitude.
Language and media are without a doubt attributes of a significant value for all Arab Americans. Poetry was one of the first forms of interaction in the Arabic world in the past but the speech was also used as a powerful instrument of religion and politics. Modern Arabs are open, curious and highly socially active. Nevertheless, they love sweet talking and bargaining. This is what pushes them forward and makes them excellent negotiators.
4. Social Structures
Arab Americans are taught that the needs of the group are more important than the needs of the individual. Community organizations and laws are respected, therefore Arab American culture generally produces loyal and dedicated members of society. In business, they are builders and fair players.
Arab Americans have the motivation to persuade higher education because of their competitive nature. They understand that knowledge is priceless and they are glad to spend a lot of money to send their children to prestigious schools.
Arab Americans are vain and they love to look good, smell fine and create the perfect impression. They never fail to dress up and maintain themselves and their taste is of premium quality. Even at a business meeting, they would shine with their immaculate outfit. Their style is doing them a favor by presenting them as elegant and reliable people.
Everybody knows that Arab Americans are always exceptionally close to their families. Supporting a family, and most often a big one is a stimulus to excel in their career or even start their own company. It is not unusual for family members to become business partners.
As proud as they are, Arab Americans chase status with all their passion. They prefer their name to be known and demand recognition because they are on a quest to reach the top. They are famous for not losing face informal setting. It is all about reputation after all.
Whether it is connected to Nomad culture or to contemporary lifestyles, Arab Americans are excited about traveling and exploring. Another reason for them to cross continents is that they have at least two homes. In the world of business being so flexible is a unique asset because it gives a larger perspective, chances to make new contacts and ways to attend more meetings.
Arabs are responsible for numerous science and technology inventions. It is not surprising that even today they are so fascinated by latest gadgets and you will find out they own and use many of them. Many Arab Americans are involved in the High Tech sector or at least take advantage of the newest trends.