As a young man, my grandpa worked to make ends meet as a paper boy. Making just four dollars a week to support his struggling family, which was headed by a single mother. My grandpa did not let his poor home life deter him from making a difference. My grandpa later joined the Navy and working as a medical supply salesman, married and had a child.
Anyone is capable of being successful with hard work and dedication, that’s what millions of Americans have believed for generations. But is it still true?
I believe that the American Dream is alive and well for some because others may not be as motivated, some may not take advantage of the opportunities, and some may lack dedication.
According to James Truslow The American Dream is “a dream of a social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to their fullest stature of which they are innately capable” (68). Living the American Dream for me is about the freedom to pursue my passion, and make a living doing what I love most; which is, supporting others and making a difference.
Some people would say the American dream is alive and well for everyone because in The United States of America everyone has equal opportunity, and there is no question that the dream is at least a bit more challenging to achieve today than it once was. As Martin Luther King, Jr. stated in his speech I Have a Dream “but one hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” (39). The American Dream is still accessible today because there are numerous opportunities and ways to _
get ones career going. Our freedoms gives us the opportunity to succeed on our own terms and to stay independent and self-sufficient. On the other hand,
For decades, our government has been promoting the wrong kind of prosperity, usually for the wrong motives and the wrong people. Special interests have gotten the benefits that we pay for through higher prices, tax dollars and lost jobs. Additionally, some people may say The American Dream is dead because