10 Things Expats Shouldn't Be Afraid to Do

13 August 2015

 

Moving abroad for a job and better life opportunities, you are becoming an expat. As with any other life decision, this one also has its pros and cons. For instance, you will get a better-paid job, more money in your savings account, material stuff and a lot of travelings. However, there are many things to lose as well. You are leaving your home, friends, perhaps the love of your life. And these are just some examples because arriving at the so-badly-wanted country brings you new challenges you haven’t been aware exist until you have met them. You become afraid of many things once you move. But there are some things you should not be afraid of, never. Here is a list of 10 such things and we advise all expats to try sticking to them if they can.

 

Be Yourself

Be Yourself

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If you want to please others and to show them a picture of someone else instead of you, then you are making a big mistake. You should not be afraid of who you are and what you do. The best possible way to be accepted by the society is to show the world that there are different people living on the planet. You are not perfect, so stop acting like that.

 

Managing Uncontrolled Situations

Managing Uncontrolled Situations

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You will be dismissed at times. But that’s how life works. Of course, moving to another country considers starting all over again, and you should not be afraid of being rejected. It is not personal: you may not be suitable for someone or something, but that surely doesn’t mean you are not appropriate at all. You just need to give a bit more of effort.

 

Going After Something Big

Going After Something Big

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To tell the truth, you have moved to another country because you wanted a better life. So, don’t hesitate to start going after something big. Once you decide to do so, it means you have enough self-esteem. And when you have it, then you can achieve anything you want.

 

Taking Risks

Taking Risks

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Those who dare will win. It is an old saying that should be repeated from time to time just because there are still people who are afraid of many things. The things you should be afraid of are those you haven’t done and you could. So, take the risks and see where they will lead you. You may fall. But you also may succeed. Let’s see what will happen. 

 

Moving On

Moving On

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Alright, you have come to a state when you want to go back home because you miss your friends and family or because some things do not function yet in your new country. Well, the thing is: you are afraid of moving on. And you should not be afraid of it. After all, you have become an expat because you needed a better way of life. Now you just need to wait for all the dices to come to their right place. You will meet new friends and still will be able to visit your family. It’s simple!

 

Learning language

Learning Language

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One of the most common mistakes expats do when in a foreign country is not learning the native language. As difficult as it may seem that is still not a good excuse for you to stop trying. Have in mind that no one expects you to be the expert because that is just impossible. But knowing the local dialect will make your life much easier.

 

Getting involved

Getting Involved

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The day you made a decision to move to a new country already got you involved in the local ongoings. Many expats are afraid to become a part of their new community genuinely thus missing many local events. Read local papers, go to sports or cultural events, get to know political relations in the country and so on, because all of those things are your concern too.

 

Ask for help

Ask for help

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Even those who stay in their home town forever often get into the situation they can't handle on their own. No matter how well prepared you came in your new country it still won't exempt you some unforeseen situations. Sometimes, you will be able to deal with them yourself but in many others that just won't be possible. And when that happens don't hesitate to ask for help, locals are always more than ready to help a foreigner in need. Maybe you will just need a word of advice, but that may spare you a lot of time and sweat.

 

Meeting new people

 Meeting new people

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Believe it or not but many expats are not very open to making new acquaintances, and by doing so making a mistake that is genuinely hard to measure. Expats should be aware that living in a new country means making new connections and even friendships that may make your stay pleasant. In the end, people you meet could be very helpful when you are in a need for advice or even a favor, so be smart and stay friendly. 

 

Familiarize with the new culture

Familiarize with the new culture

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Every nation in the world is unique, and it has distinct culture and customs that may be close to you or not. Both ways it is up to you to familiarize with them and respect them which does not mean you should give up on yours. On the contrary, the whole beauty of being an expat is to present your culture and learn about the traditions of your new country. 

 

We all have fears that sometimes prevent us from making some potentially useful moves. But when you are an expat, fear is a luxury you cannot afford so do everything you have to overpass them as soon as possible.

 

 

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