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What Your Tailor-Made American Dream Means For You Today

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We\’ve all heard about the American Dream.

Recent commenters have questioned whether it still exists… and yet I know it does. I see it every day and I feel it in my heart.

We may not be perfect. No country is; yet we all strive to improve upon what we Americans value, and its manifestation in our lives.

In order to help us maintain the ability to achieve our American dream, the Brookings Institute came out with three recommendations:

1. Finish High School
2. Work Full-time
3. Wait to Have Children Until Marriage
What I love about these recommendations is that not only do they point to higher success in our lives, they also are achievable by everyone. It doesn\’t matter your wealth, background, race, religion – we can all do this.In this study, 74% of the population who followed through on these three areas were able to achieve the American dream, which was interpreted as middle class. These days, and with a challenging economy, that is an honored accomplishment.  We can provide for our families, educate our children, eat healthily, and join memberships and groups which enrich us.
The American Dream also shows accessibility:  the ability of any current resident, or any newcomer, to achieve this status in our free and dream-cherishing country.  Depending on how you live, you can take it as far you like: Find a paying job, find a job you love, or create a company or civic-minded organization which serves our community.
That\’s an important point. We all have different interpretations about what this dream is.
Is it being CEO of a company?
Living a Balanced Life?
Inventing a product?
Putting time with family first, and then finding meaningful work?
Starting a nonprofit?
You decide… and share your unique gift with our country. We welcome you!

\”The American dream is a national ethos of the United States; a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work.\” *  The phrase was popularized by James Truslow Adams in his book, Epic of America, published in 1931.  The concept goes back to the country\’s early founding.

Pamela\’s caveat: 

While working hard demonstrates dedication, it is possible to achieve our dream through hard work in different ways. Sometimes this means raising a family while starting a business, or by working smartly and astutely part-time. A hard work ethic must be combined with the right motives– devoting one\’s self to family can never harm our greatest dream. In fact, a family with freedom and rights might be your greatest dream. The important element is that your dream reflects goodness, contributes to your community, and is tailor-made for you. 

*Source: Wikipedia