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The American Dream – Not all is Lost Yet

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The American DreamWhat happened to the American Dream? Well actually, let’s look at what it is first. According to Wikipedia…

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!

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Hi Ilka

What a great and inspiring post. The video was definitely worth watching. It is so easy to believe you can’t survive without a job. Well, I guess you do barely survive with one…! Always thought there was something wrong when you can’t wait until the weekend. Glad they cut me lose and although it is tough, it will not always be that way. But I am more at peace, don’t have to deal with a boss that was out of control.

Taking action everyday and being grateful moves us forward.

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Hi Mary,

Unfortunately sometimes those people in authority take advantage of it. They forget that they meet the same people on their way up as they will on their way down. It’s better to be humble even in an elevated position. Glad you don’t have to deal with that anymore.

And you’re right, taking action everyday and being grateful does move us forward. Thanks so much for your feedback and have a great weekend!

Ilka

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Great Post Ilka. I loved the video. Fear of scarcity and survival just keep so many people in bondage, instead of living the dream.

You have to break out of comfort zones, grab your dream, believe, and move your feet consistently (like you pointed out) and take appropriate action toward the destination you desire.

Most people can become so much more than they are at present.

I did a blog post and video about how MLM and Success Training can overcome corporate injustice and liberate lives that is along the same lines as you were coming from here.

Great Post Thanks….

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Hi Dave,

Thanks, glad you liked it.

I agree with you, so many people stay ‘average’ because they are comfortable there. They feel a sense of ‘security’ and they don’t dare to move away from that.

However, if you want more from your life you WILL have to take some risks. Most of the time when you do that you feel that it was so well worth it. And even if you took some risks that turned out not so great, you still haven’t lost anything, because you are learning from your mistakes. So in the end it’s really a Win/Win.

Thanks so much for your feedback!

Ilka

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When you make just enough to be comfortable, it can be difficult for people to give that up to pursue something greater. Personally, I think the enemy of excellence is “good enough.” Personally, I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.

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Hi Chuck,

Oh, I am so with you on that point. I’d rather try and fail than just be content. And ‘good enough’ will never be good enough for me.

Thanks for your feedback!

Ilka

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Hi Ilka,

That was surely a motivational video – totally power-packed I would say, and all that he spoke made so much sense. :)

I wish things were easier for the common man, and I don’t this it’s just a problem in America, as I see it all over nowadays. These 9 to 5 jobs are really JOB’s (as he mentioned in the video!) – and the differ a great deal from a career, which we should all be aiming for. Yes, initially one really can’t aim at making it big, and for many of us, it is taking up a job at first, and later choosing you passion and making it your career. I guess those who have less of funds go through the daily grind of a job, and while every job is respectable, it does have it’s limitations too.

Yes indeed, when working in a job, you are working for someone, but if you pursue and make your work your passion and work for yourself, you can achieve a great deal. We aren’t really living but only surviving to go onto another day – so where does the real happiness come from, unless you learn to pursue your dream by being passionate about your work and succeeding in it.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice weekend :)
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Hi Harleena,

You are right, it’s not just a problem in America. This pertains to most of the world. Show me a country that isn’t affected and I will gladly move there …along with everyone else. :)

However, we are our own blacksmith of happiness as we are given the power within to change what makes us unhappy. We don’t have to stay stuck in a grind we just have to take a leap of faith and do it!

When we were children we had big dreams. What happened is that along the way they got suppressed, maybe even vanished because we let the ‘outside’ world dictate what we think.

As children we were little outside, but big inside. Now that we are adults, we are big outside but little inside. (Oh, I got to remember that, lol.) We’ve got to reverse it again and go after our dreams.

Thanks for your feedback, Harleena, and for the inspiration to dig deeper into this.

Ilka

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Wow Ilka, what a powerful post.

You know I always thought I would just work for someone else all my life and then retire. I didn’t really hate what I did but the last four years I was in corporate America I became a lot more dissatisfied for some of the reasons you mentioned.

Our company was hiring people a lot less qualified yet paying them good money but here I was doing the work of about three people and not getting the recognition I felt I deserved. Really makes you want to stay right!

Until I started really diving into personal development I really didn’t think there was another way out. I wasn’t passionate about anything in particular so people telling me to follow my passion did me no good at all.

I think we all just have to have enough faith in ourselves that there is something better for us and we just have to find it. Stay in the 9 to 5 if you must but go after your dream because it’s reachable.

Loved the video and you’re right, power message.

Thanks!

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Hi Adrienne,

Sorry you were one of those people not appreciated. Unfortunately your experience sounds all to familiar. It’s a crying shame. Our son just celebrated his second anniversary in his company (a well known multi-billion dollar international company) and he got a $1.00 off coupon for a free frozen yoghurt to celebrate as token of their appreciation. Geez, I hope they didn’t break the bank. Needless to say, he’s working part-time in his job but full-time on his dream.

You have to have a vision of where you want to go in life. Always have that picture in your mind and work towards it. Have a laser-focus on your (ultimate) goal that’s what helps you get through the rough spots.

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and your valuable feedback, Adrienne, and have a wonderful week!

Ilka

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Good points, Adrienne. Most people are never taught another way to make money. From the time most folks are small kids until the time they are adults, they are taught to get good grades, go to college, get a good job with good benefits with a big company and work there forever.

Personally, I think that’s the quickest way to failure in today’s economy. Owning a business gives you much more options, control and freedom. I don’t like the idea of another company having complete control over my financial well being.

Your points about personal development are spot on too. Once you start learning and developing your skills, you start to see windows of opportunity you might not have noticed before.

Just my two cents.

Chuck
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Great post and video, Ilka. In today’s world I think most people’s American dream is to live off the government. Sad, but true. To me, the American Dream is about having a big goal and creating a plan to achieve your goal. It’s about having the opportunity to try anything you want, and succeed or fail in the process. Just my two cents.

Chuck
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Hi Chuck,

Thanks, glad you liked it! And I agree with you, that mindset is really sad. I read an online report recently about what people buy with food stamps and I was shocked to see that it wasn’t really food.

To me, that mindset is just ‘barely surviving.’ What’s really sad is that those people often are quite content with their situation. Not my idea of pursuing happiness.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your thoughts!

Ilka

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