American Dream Essay

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Woods 1
Jordan Woods
Mr.Heimerman
Adv Language Arts 11­2nd hour
3 November 2014
The Dream is Alive
People dream every day of having a favorable amount of money, having a nice house, having a family and maybe even a few pets; The American Dream in a nutshell.
Notice that those things don’t just happen and they are not just given to you, whether you win the lottery or whether you were born in wealth. The American Dream may seem dead to some people but the people making this statement are the ones making it reality. While many people complain about the difficulty of achieving the American
Dream, they have no drive in attempting to be successful and assume the dream is dead. For the people who know that it is still alive, they are either already living the dream or they are building a ladder up to their highest potential in fulfilling their dream.
American citizens are amongst the most satisfied people in the world, not only due to freedoms that they have but also because on average Americans earn $54,450 a year, about $20,000 more than the average OECD salary. Also U.S. residents rank their general satisfaction about a 7 on a scale of 0­10. About 70% percent of people between the age of 15 and 64 in the United States have a paid job. While not only do U.S. citizens earn a good amount of money and have a job, about 90% percent of people between the age of 25­64 have earned their high school degree. Therefore U.S. citizens

Woods 2 are not living a harsh life, they are not poor nor are they uneducated also saying that the
American Dream is not impossible and is right around the corner.
“The American Dream is still alive out there, and hard work will get you there.
You don't necessarily need to have an Ivy League education or to have millions of dollars startup money. It can be done with an idea, hard work and determination.”(Bill
Rancic). Therefore you don’t need to be a genius or even need to be rich in order to live the dream, all it takes is knowing the life you want to live, and having the will to work for the dream you want. But you cannot expect to succeed the dream if you are sitting at home as a very dependent person not building a path for yourself in life, just waiting for others to help you out.
“This fall, the current class of Horatio Alger Scholars begins college.
Representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 921 students will
attend…