Why our need for instant gratification destroys expatriate adaptability

Indulging in all the pleasures life has to offer right now is a natural tendency for all of us. Naturally, we seek to experience positive feelings, and getting what we want right now is giving us exactly what our brain is craving. Typical examples of the consequences of instant gratification are corporations that want to achieve short-term financial returns but…

Building a Sense of Loyalty to Your Host Country

In his book “Leadership Dubai Style”, Dr. Tommy Weir asks an important question: “I’ve never understood why it’s so easy for “outsiders” to swoop in and complain about the way things are done her [in Dubai], beginning their sentences with “Here in Dubai…”, inevitably followed by a put-down. He argues (rightfully so) that Dubai had tremendous success for quite a…

5 Steps to Creating a Hybrid Identity

In Iran, it is very common that people who work in shops or in the taxi will say to you something that literally means: “this service is for you”. Essentially, the literal translation of this is that their service is for free. Many foreigners who experience this firstly take their offer seriously, become positively surprised, and say: “Oh, thank you…