The San Bernadino County Sun reports on how one Indian immigrant figured out how to achieve the “American Dream”:
From a temp FedEx driver in 2004 at age 43, to owning a trucking company that covers 12 cities, primarily in Riverside County, Singh Athwal is living the American Dream.
“Here, it’s not what you are, but what you’re capable of,” Athwal told me.
When he and his father arrived in Los Angeles, Athwal’s first job was delivering newspapers. For the next few years, he worked in a variety of jobs. His dad would often ask him, “What do you want to do?”
Early one morning, with their car still full of newspapers, Athwal was given a deadline of sorts by his father.
“He told me if you don’t make something of your life by age 25, you have five more years until you’re 30, and then, if you still don’t have any idea of what you want to achieve, then it’s starting to get late.”
Athwal learned English and how to be an auto mechanic by the time he was 21.
He always believed America was the right place for opportunities.
“When we got in the church and I would go up in the hills where the rich people lived, I would say, “You know, one day I want to make a home like this. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was a dream — that one day I would have that.”