I told many of my Singapore techie friends about the US job opportunities. All of them are resistant. They aren’t sure if they can make it in the US.
Indeed among the Indians, Chinese etc, some did succeed and other didn’t.
It’s remarkable that in New York I came across much fewer Singaporeans than Malaysian Chinese, Taiwanese or Hongkongers (and Koreans too, but that’s too different a nation to compare). I feel Singaporeans favor Australia and Britain over US/Canada. I guess largely because of friends and family, the familiar vs. the unknown. Chinese and Indians often settle down in the US and bring over their relatives.
A related factor is the “comfort zone”. Singapore life is too comfortable, too convenient… US is like a buffet dinner – go get it yourself.
Change is uncertain, challenging, requires analysis, observations, opinions, bets … There’s no way to avoid it actually. Change happens to us. Some would say we can take advantage of changes…. think of big data, c++, west coast, python..
In a way, my recent discomfort and dissatisfaction in Singapore is a divine message, and breaks the comfort zone.
One of my growing discomforts in this “comfort zone” is the position/value of specialist vs generalist leader.