The American Dream from the Perspective of a Navy Seal Essay

1013 Words Apr 9th, 2011 5 Pages
From Sea to Land:
Mapping the American Dream from a Navy SEAL

His hair is nicely parted and every grey hair is combed neatly to the side. John Teifer is 54 years old; born in New York City and grew up in Long Island. Married and divorced 4 times with 2 kids living with him. He is also known as my volleyball coach. Sitting in a classroom at the gym we practice, Coach Teifer sat up nice and tall, folded his hands, placed them in his lap, and cleared his throat preparing to be questioned.
I don’t care if you are white, black, brown, yellow, green, man women… transvestite, it doesn’t matter.
Coach Teifer decided to join the military around the age of 22. When asked how he decided to join the military he answered, “ When I was shopping.
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But you gain some respect for the United States. Truly we are the freest country on this earth. And the only way we stay free is, people serve.” America’s Navy is a force as relevant today as it’s been historically significant for the last 234 years. The times may change. The threats may become more obscure. The complex nature of 21st century life may make the demand for such a presence less obvious. But now more than ever, the Navy is something to be aware of. Something to be thankful for. Something to be proud of.
Coach Teifer defines the American dream in 2011, “Through hard work. I don’t care if you are white, black, brown, yellow, green, man women… transvestite, it doesn’t matter. You can be successful as you want to be, it just matters how hard you work. And there’s nobody that can hold you back.”
People make excuses for everything. We live in a society where everyone is a victim.

With a follow up question, I then questioned him if he still believes in the old ideas of coming to America with only a dime in your pocket and making something out of your life. He simply scratched the top of his head and as one grey hair fell, he answered, “Absolutely! 88% of all Americans who became millionaires, were not born millionaires. Again, you listen to the news you’ll never believe that. But its only 12% of people who are millionaires today that inherited it. There are stories all over the place whose families are dirt poor.”

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