The American Dream, Is It For You?

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The American Dream, is it for you? As a child you are told that you can be anything you put your mind to. What they don't tell you is that if you have less money, or if you are of a different race or gender, you'll have to work harder and you will still not be guaranteed your dreams. Although some may say that the American dream gives unrealistic hopes to people, it still serves a purpose. The purpose is to give hope and motivation to some when there is none. Despite all of the American dream stories of how any average person who works hard will be rewarded for their efforts, real life is not as perfect. Is it all right for the same time old American dream to be used and have the same meaning even as society standards and rules change? And if so, whose determinations of these standards label you as successful? If you believe that everyone is entitled to his or her "piece of the pie" and that money will make you happy then you believe in the American dream. However, the American dream does not give the definition for what success, is or how it is determined; but it does show the possibilities and achievements that people are capable of obtaining.How is success determined? In today's society success is determined by the amount of money you have and how many people know you. Money gives you a label in which people know and refer to you by. This is seen through movie stars, athletes, models, and business millionaires. These people are seen on the cover of magazines, on TV, and in movies. People refer to them by their first name as if they know them personally. Everyone hears their story and sees their struggle. Their progress and life events can be seen on a weekend special on TV. Is this what we call success? Is it the ability to see change and make progress, or is it the amount of publicity you get for your life and your accomplishments that determine the stature of your success? In other words, is it the number of people who know of your existence on this earth and how hard you work that makes you better than the next average Joe? And to be different and better than others the qualifications you must have in order to be put on a pedestal and looked upon as a model by which others shape themselves around. So is the idea of success merely the need to fantasize, or is it something that we make within ourselves to be achieved? In a way success seems to be like a trend. The trend in the 60's was to live off of the natural things in life: love, peace and respect. No amount of money can buy those kinds of things. Money was not the main craze in the 60's it was based more around feelings of love and peace. However, in the 90's the big trend was dot comers and how to become an "instant millionaire". It was the in thing to make fast and quick money online and whoever did was a part of the big crazy. Nowadays the people of the 60's are the ones who own large companies and started many of the franchises that are worldwide. During this time many new...

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