By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

We asked a few of our RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants from 2019 to share their words of wisdom and inspirational tips as we take on 2020! Here is their winning advice.

Rola DagherPresident and CEO, Cisco Canada

“Thirty years ago, I arrived from war-torn Lebanon with few possessions and no expectations; survival has been my life focus for so long. What I did possess was a strong work ethic, growth mindset and hunger to learn. Though my path wasn’t straightforward, my hard work and the support of mentors helped me realize the endless opportunities in this country. My advice: Trade your expectations with appreciation of what Canada can offer you — through perseverance and resilience — you’ll forge a new path forward that you might not have dreamed possible. And always remember, life owes you nothing, Life is an opportunity for you to make the best of it. Go out there and make the best of being YOU.”

Selwyn CollacoChief Data Officer, TMX Group

“Keep a positive attitude and reflect back on the learnings from 2019. It is easy to set goals in the new year and not meet them but takes a lot more grit and work to be true to yourself in understanding your weaknesses and working on them. It is only you and your ability to work hard alongside your strong work ethic that will help define your path to success. Stay in control, be passionate and pursue your dreams to reality.

Wish you the best in 2020.”

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