Video posted on March 7, 2016 at 6:10 am CST

To Thi Wynn, the American dream is the hope that you can do anything you want in this country regardless of ethnicity or nationality. This hope, however, requires action and hard work.

Thi Wynn came to the United States with her mother and sister as wartime refugees. Starting afresh in a new country with few possessions and no money to speak of, she and her family had an uphill battle ahead of them. Thankfully, a resident of their Texas community became their sponsor and helped them learn their way around American society.

But Thi still had to work doubly hard if she wanted any of the extras that living in the U.S. could bring. After graduating high school early, a mailing error left Thi unaware that she had received a scholarship to go to college. Indefatigable, Thi charged ahead, taking an opportunity as a receptionist as her opportunity to break ranks and shine. Eventually, Thi started three businesses.

After years of grueling work, her businesses are stable, and growing each year. She owns a home that she loves, and is able to not only support her amazing daughter, but has able to help support others in her family when they’ve needed it.

Thi says, “From my perspective, the American dream is a hope, is the hope that you can do anything you want in this country. It doesn’t matter where you come from, it doesn’t matter if you’re educated or not. If doesn’t matter if you’re green, blue, purple, if you’re a man or a woman. The only obstacle that you have is what you think in your mind.”

Now, Thi’s dream is to take care of other people and to make a difference.]