Tzvi Szajnbrum
To ease the immigration and absorption process for Olim

It can get worse, but it can also get better

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. – Lee Iaccoca

Lee Iaccoca was a strong man, who knew he had to take chances. Lee didn’t believe in defeat and refused to be influenced by the pessimists around him. As a result, he fought hard and is known for reviving the Chrysler Corporation as its CEO during the 1980’s, saving the company from bankruptcy.

The first step toward winning is to believe in YOU. It’s a big step towards the final goal of making you a winner.

Immigration is a process you have to create:

I am not saying as the Jewish Agency used to tell us many years ago “it will be easy” or “it is a garden of roses”.  It will not,but I can assure you that it is possible if you don’t give up!

Winning in the immigration process is not different from winning in a cultural contest, fighting a serious disease, competing in a marathon or in a business dispute – take the process of Alyiah as your main project in life leaving behinds your old habits and mainly leaving behinds your fears.

In the immigration process you will need to plow your anger when disappointed, and you will certainly have moments of disappointment. I suggest that you keep them just as “moments” and not as a permanent state of mind as so many people find themselves in the immigration process.

Keeping calm means focusing and concentrating on the really important things and not on the annoyances. The more you empower the “sweating the small stuff” syndrome, the more you will sweat! The more you focus on the irrelevant, the less energy and time you will have to be able to take care of the really important issues.

It is not about you only:

From the moment you join the Israeli society by making Aliyah, it is not about YOU and THEM anymore, it is about WE now. Try to experience belonging, mingle with the natives; there is nothing healthier than feeling part of the people you are living with – among them instead of feeling like an outsider for whatever reason.

Learning from those who didn’t make it:

I have for learned from many winners who, in spite of their real difficulties, succeeded in the Alyiah process. But from those who didn’t make it, gave up, returned to where they came from, I have learned a much more important lesson.

Every one of them could have been successful with a more positive approach.

About the Author
Passionate about helping new immigrants, Tzvi Szajnbrum, Attorney at Law and Notary, founded the Voleh Organization, through which he and a team of volunteers provide “pro-bono” guidance to English speaking new immigrants, helping to ensure their successful integration into Israeli Society. As a former officer in the Israeli army, Tzvi is also able to help lead new immigrants in the right direction regarding the IDF. CEO of The Szajnbrum Group
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