American Dream Essay

867 Words Mar 21st, 2016 4 Pages
What is the American Dream? When describing the American dream, there are endless possibilities. The beautiful thing about the American Dream is that it is different for every single person. One person’s dream may be to be an NFL superstar, making ten million dollars a year. Conversely, someone else’s dream can be making minimum wage just to ensure their family can eat. This alone is what makes America the greatest country in the world. Everyone can have a different dream, but they have every possibility to achieve it. Although, it is not a guarantee the person will achieve their dream, it is a guarantee they will have no unfair regulations stopping them. A neighbor of mine at home has a very sad story that led to his pursuit of the …show more content…
He started by hand knitting shirts by himself, and selling them on the street corner. He finally made enough money to enter a clothing expo, where he found the right guy who helped his clothing company soar to unimaginable heights. His story describes the American Dream because he was not given anything; he worked hard with a dream and literally went from rags to riches. Mr. John relates to a quote in the reading, “Two-thirds of the poor are certain that Americans like themselves have a good chance of improving our standard of living” (Hochschild 5). He was extremely poor, but knew he had the power and the ability change that. The best part of Mr. John’s story is now he is on the show “The Shark Tank,” which gives people with good ideas money to achieve their goal. Americans are exhorted to “go for it” (6). Whatever that “it” is, no one can stop you from achieving it. The people of America truly believe with hard work, anything can be achieved. In 1952 “88 percent of Americans agreed that there is plenty of opportunity and anyone who works hard can go as far as he wants”(6). The American dream is the same for every single person. The great thing is in America race or sex does not matter. Unfortunately, this is not the same everywhere in the world. In the Middle East, women are viewed as less than males. My parents business has many clients from the Middle East countries, and many of them will not

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