Journey to the American Dream: Overcoming Adversity with Paul P. Rachmanides

February 16, 2024

Melanie Johnson co-owner of Elite Online Publishing, interviews Paul P. Rachmanides a man whose life story is as inspiring as it is extraordinary. From a child gazing at stars to a determined individual chasing the American dream, Paul’s journey is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit and determination.

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • Power of a Defining Moment
  • Importance of the ‘Three Ps’ – Purpose, Passion, and Perseverance
  • Overcoming Adversity through Resilience


“Let me assure you, ladies and gentlemen, the beginning is when we dare to dream the impossible. When we discover the purpose in our lives and both are in the deep future. Deploying tenacity, perseverance and dedication. We can lasso our purpose in life.” (03:29)

“My local environment was hostile to my dream, so I ignored them. I did not let the noise of others opinion drown my own inner voice. And most important, I had the courage to follow my heart and intuition.” (09:13)

“On August 23, 1971, I arrived in the United States of America with, without knowing the word of English or anyone, but I had the student visa.” (13:40)

About Paul P. Rachmanides:

This is the story of a man from Greece and the journey that would eventually take him to the USA, the country of his dreams. Paul P. Rachmanides was born on November 19, 1949, in Dikea, Eyros, Greece. Paul’s early life on the farm and the strict rules of his father helped establish principles for the future. After graduating from high school in June of 1967, Paul served honorably in the Greek Special Forces as a Second Lieutenant graduated from Ranger and Paratrooper schools, and descended into a grizzly bear’s den to rescue her three two-day-old cubs.

Paul set his mind to acquiring a student VISA and would make it to the United States on August 23, 1971. Without knowing a word of English or anyone, he received a Master’s Degree from Thunderbird, the School of Global Management through perseverance and dedication.

He worked for CBS Records International in Europe as an Executive Trainee for one year before resigning so he could return to his dream country, the USA. Paul felt his dream of living in America slipping away, but he would struggle but also succeed in returning. For the next twenty years, Paul experiences his own Odyssey, desperately trying to build the life he wants for himself. On January 18, 2001, Paul founded the State Inspection of Kingwood. He was profitable by the fourth month of operation and never looked back. Paul sold his business in 2018 and is happily retired.

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