5 Ways to Thrive in Corporate America – From One Immigrant to Another

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So remember Simsola, the entry-level analyst for whom I wrote a letter called “6 Ways to fake it till you make it in corporate America”? Now she’s been promoted to a mid-level position and she’s totally killing it in her new role. But of course, being the agbaya aunty that I am, I just can’t keep calm. So here I come again with some lessons for Simisola on how to thrive in corporate America, especially as an immigrant climbing the ladder.

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I Sat With Millionaires, and Here are 5 Lessons I Learned

I am fortunate to have sat with movers and shakers in industries from tech to fashion to real estate, and top executives in corporate America. I’ve sat one-on-one with each of them, just listening to their stories, and learning from their struggles, successes, and tough decisions they’ve had to make. Omo, don’t be deceived by what you see on the outside oh, the hustule is real out there in the streets.

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6 Ways to fake it till you make it in corporate America – from one immigrant to another

Photo: Corporate_curly

The other day at my office, I was going to prepare my Milo concoction (don’t ask!) when I saw Simisola, an entry-level analyst, walking to the break room with her head down the entire time as though she was thinking – “this iya had better not bother me.” Being the agbaya that I am, I tried to engage Simisola in conversation regardless. She gave me quick one-word responses in a shy voice, grabbed her coffee, and speed-walked back to her desk. I smiled, because I used to be just like her. 

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