Majority of that forum was Americans of Polish descent, Poles living in the USA or Canada
Marysiu, most of us can easily tell who is Polish on PF.
Polish culture and the mentality are very homogeneous in comparison to Western Europe, partially because Poland was isolated for such a long time from the rest of the world. I also feel it's important to mention how overall little positive impact as a country we had on any other culture in the past 300 years. Most people abroad classify us as an insignificant former Eastern-Bloc country, and on a personal level confuse us with Russians or sometimes Germans.
Of course some of us may passionately argue that I'm "just full of it" and I'm wrong but ironically that's one of those dead giveaways for me about Polish posters.
For a long time Polish people were conditioned to resist assimilation, but in today's reality this mindset is highly problematic and it impairs the natural progress of many individuals living in Poland and Polish living abroad as well. Most Polish have a very hard time of letting it go and adjusting to new socioeconomic realities of today's world.
Paranoia, "Polish Church mentality", apprehensive mindset, unsubstantiated self-conscious approach to the "Polish self-image" are very common traits which are deeply embedded in Polish society like a cancer, that keeps on eating you from the inside out.
for starters, if you want to be successful try mimicking more successful people. (whatever your definition of success is)
My personal definition of success is a happy marriage, pretty wife that I can trust, secure financial well being, independence, comfortable lifestyle, and the ability to travel almost anywhere and anytime I wish. To make this happen it was necessary for me to make several mental leaps, but one thing is certain, I would not be able to get where i am with my Polish mindset. Do I regret changing? Nope. Adaptation is a sign of true intelligence.
Keep on standing still if you want and pretend whatever, I could care less.