American Dream Achievability Essay

Do you think the American Dream is achievable? “I think the American Dream says that anything can happen if you work hard enough at it and are persistent, and have some ability. The sky is the limit to what you can build, and what can happen to you and your family. ” (Sanford I. Weill) Before I get into why the American dream is achievable, I think it is important to know what the American dream is. The American Dream is a phrase referring to the freedom that allows all citizens and most residents of the United States to pursue their goals in life through hard work and free choice.

The American dream focuses on the success of the individual (not the wellbeing of the whole population). An example of someone who is living (or has lived) the American dream was Michael Luther King. He stood up for his rights, and the rights of thousands, during the civil rights movement. He started at the bottom, as low as every other African/American at that time. But through prosperity, knowledge, and a big heart, he was able to break free of that and accomplish great things. Any dream in which you are not happy can be considered more or less as a nightmare.

The “American dream” is a happy one that has the potential because in America everyone is looked after. The key to living a happy life for your dream is to work hard and have no regrets. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion and age are not factors that stand in the way unless you let them. Immigrants come to the U. S. with virtually nothing. They are free to work, save, buy into businesses, go to school, become professionals if they choose, own property, etc. These are things they were not able to do in their own countries, which is why they are here.

America is the land of opportunity. There is a tacit understanding that if you work hard you can do well and your dreams can come true. Opportunity is always there for those who look for it and for those who are prepared to put in the work to achieve it. Opportunity is rarely there for those who ask to be shown it. My reasoning is that people can always better themselves. It can be difficult and challenging. However, I do believe that people need to define what is important to them and prioritize their efforts in the pursuit of their dream.

People need to work for it, not figure it will be handed to them on a platter with welfare and give always. The American dream is working hard and overcoming obstacles and making your own way. The idea that a poor man can’t become a success with hard work is not true. There was once a guy who hustled water ice from street carts who became a millionaire. He worked hard and never gave up. He lives the American dream. Once achieving our own dreams we should also help others to achieve theirs.

This may be done by contributing to charitable efforts to give people the educations and skills to support themselves and families. Although the poverty stricken children living in Africa might not have such a good foundation base as those who come from slightly wealthier backgrounds, they can still have dreams and dreams is what leads people to living their life, I mean what is the point in living if you don’t have something to inspire and thrive you on. Most people, in developed and democratic countries have a choice in the way that they live their lives.

If they are determined they can achieve great things, being poor is not an excuse. Take President Obama as one example. Where did he come from? He came from a very unusual background of probably “less than” average circumstances, and he vied to become what is arguably one of the most powerful people on the planet. Bill Clinton had a similar background, coming from simple circumstances in a Podunk town in a fairly poor state. Look at how far he made it. There are innumerable examples of others who’ve risen from obscurity and/or poverty to do very well for themselves and their families.

This proves, at least by some measures, yes, the American Dream “IS” achievable. It is good to have dreams and aspirations because its sets you a goal in life and makes you stand out from the rest, because it’s like having your own purpose. Without dreams, people wouldn’t try to be or even to do anything. People would also have a miserable as well as pointless life with no passion. Furthermore, once you have achieved what you may look at as the American dream, you should continue to push your boundaries.

People are encouraged by their own success and usually these same people will wish to go further. But, in many cases people are simply not motivated. A four letter word hinders many: work. There are those who feel “entitled” to a fancy house, big car, and large salary. They do not understand that for most people not born into privilege, work and self-improvement and persistence is the recipe for success. In Conclusion, my family lives the American Dream. I will hopefully live the American dream and MOST of my friends and neighbors are “living the dream. This proves that it is achievable . If you are not willing to work for the American dream, you never will achieve it. And I won’t feel the least bit sorry for you. Just stop relying on the government to cover all your costs and start to work. Your life can only be what you make of it, so get the right mind set. Think of it as karma if you treat people equally and fairly, too, you gain the right to live the American Dream. “Dream as if you’ll live forever… live as if you’ll die today” (James Dean)