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. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
“Opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work.”
Really, well, that’s gone, isn’t it? At least for the ‘average’ person it is. How many people do you know that are out there busting their tails in their 9-5 jobs and yet they can’t even make ends meet because there are too many days left at the end of their paycheck? How about those whose hours keep getting cut because the company is getting greedy? Hard work is no longer appreciated at the workplace these days.
“Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”
What opportunity according to your ability or achievement? Today, instead of being promoted you are going to be replaced by somebody that does the same job for less money. As long as you are working for somebody else you are replaceable. Besides, if you are lucky enough to keep your job you just keep building somebody else’s dream….not yours!
“All men are created equal endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”"
The Pursuit of Happiness…
Absolutely! Every person has the right to pursue his or her happiness. But that’s just not possible with a 9-5 job. Not anymore. Maybe it was for our parents. These days most people are in “Survival Mode.” And when you are surviving, you are not living.
My friend Deanne shared the video below with me on Facebook. It’s powerful and needs to be watched more than once and it needs to be shared with as many people as possible because it drives home the point why you need to make changes if you are one of the thousands, oh heck millions of people who are in survival mode, not only in the United States, but all over the world.
Watch The American’T Dream (The Purse Suit of Happyness)…
“Successful people take a course of action which coincides with their belief or passion.”
Exactly! How can you be passionate about a 9-5 or 5-9 job? Working your butt off day in day out and then the company doesn’t even appreciate you enough to give you benefits. No, rather they keep your hours just below the limit so they don’t have to. There is no appreciation in the workplace anymore.
Let’s take a look at the “hard work” part….
Wouldn’t you rather work hard for yourself than for somebody else? If the answer is “YES” then take a look deep inside yourself, listen to your inner voice and figure out what it is you are passionate about.
“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” _Jerry Gillies
If you have figured it out, make a conscious decision to follow your dream and put massive action behind it. But even baby steps taken every single day will get you closer to your goal.
What’s your life worth, your passion or your paycheck?
You only have one life to live. Make it memorable! Don’t listen to the advice of the person in the next cubicle. Stay away from the naysayers and dream stealers. Instead make new friends. Hang around people smarter than yourself, people you can mirror and learn from. Make it a habit to learn something new every day. Make it a habit to read at least 10 pages of a personal development book a day.
And most importantly ….Keep your vision and never, ever give up on your dream!
To Your Massive Success!
The Enlightened Networker.
P.S. Are you in pursuit of your own happiness? Do you have some tips to share? Then please make some noise in the comment section below. You know how much I love your feedback. Thank You!