The “American dream” has been used in many ways, and it skill a different thing to different people. The American dream is in many instances something individual. That is the reason why there is a universally accepted definition of what this time period means. The American dream seems has compassed the globe, and it is one of the reasons that drive humans to migrate to the United States to pursue it. Some self-made individuals have found the path to fantastic succeed, but there are still mega-wealthy persons who had the chance given to them on a silver platter because they were born in the comfort life. One of the individuals who has achieved the American dream is Howard Schultz who started off low but transformed the company into a multinational organization, according to him, “Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible. Care more than others think wise (Rowland and Jones 125-154).”
Many people are of the idea that virtues of ambition and hard work will always lead to success and has, therefore, become of the daily American life. But yet certain individuals do not believe in this dream. Those people who do not believe in this dreams. The individuals cite certain factors such unequal opportunities and discriminations as factors that hinder people from reaching this dream. While other persons think that determination and overcoming the numerous challenges can make one achieve these goals. Andrew Carnage was a self-made wealthy individual who rose from a humble background to achieve the American dream. Carnage believed that a, “Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible. Care more than others think wise.” other individuals who did not believe in the dream such as David Carlin stated that, “that’s why they call it the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it (Bloom and Hobby).”
For those foreigners coming into the country, they consider America to be “the land of the free.” They consider the American dream to be to be a real dream since can rise through the economic stages to be successful in life. Friedrick Floria an immigrant who achieved the American dream stated that ‘I really feel that my life story is a continuation of the great American Dream-the immigrant who comes to this country is allowed to excel (Callahan 248-270).” for the immigrant this dream is real and it is an inspiration that drives people to become American citizens.
The American dream appeared to be a uniform vision: owning a home and filling with the most expensive and cool stuff, having a family and even sending the kids to a good colleges and schools; landing a well-paying job, but for so many millennials their goals do not necessary line up with the previous definition that considered the American dream as being based on success. The millennials say that they value self-employment and travel over things like cars and houses (“The American Dream – What Is the American Dream?”).
In conclusion, as almost all people think that it is only in America where their dreams can come true. Achieving the American dream depends on some factors that can complicate. Culture can be one of the factors but is never the only factor. Despite the fact that America is a land of diversity many of those people who come here to chase after the dream find it hard to fit in the new culture that s created. Despite the fact that idea of “rags to riches” is only a myth, many others have witnessed it.
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