Chicken Soup for the American’s Soul – The American Dream is well and alive
I am an immigrant from Europe Germany to be exact, and have lived in and visited many a foreign country and I can honestly not remember any one being this way. I am thankful to Germany who I am. My upbringing, education, apprenticeship, parents, grandparents, sister, and friends shaped me who I am. Who I can be, however, I owe to America. Just think of it; the only barrier in your way is yourself. Where else can you find so many people and organizations that are willing to help you make a living here? The sky is truly the limit.
Whenever I hear people say that we Americans do not have a culture I get really upset. We do have a culture! We have a culture of inclusion, collaboration, tolerance, and most of all a spirit of helpfulness. This uniquely American characteristic is important to perpetuate. I do not take this lightly. I was so grateful for the tolerance, help, inspiration, and most of all the opportunities that this country and its people have afforded me that I became dual citizen. Most importantly, I wanted to be able to vote.
Why I am writing this post today? For one I would like to invite you to ponder what the American Dream means to you. This offer of reaching your full potential is well and alive to this day. There are so many opportunities around you and you may not even know they exist. And that is the most important reason for me to ask you making a plan for yourself. What are only you meant to do and to be? Well over 80% of people in America do not have goals set up for themselves – less than 10% of the people who do have goal do not have a plan how to reach them.
Unfortunately, much bad news and fear mongering dominates our TV and social media and thus our thinking. Not very inspiring is it? Fear, hatred, and distrust are very much limiting our potential and most of all this appears to have led to folks not even trying to dream what could be and what they could become. Please do not take your opportunity to make a difference lightly. All you need is pondering three basic questions:
- Where am I today?
- What do I want to become in the future?
- What is in my way?
The American Dream is something I often read about and I saw it often mentioned in movies when I was a kid. Dreams are meant to be inspiring. Boundaries fall by the wayside and you get to reach out to collaborate with many other people. As long as you are willing to serve and help others, be genuine, authentic, sincere, you will achieve whatever you set your mind to. You can do this alone, or you can with many other helpful mentors and also business institutions like Arête. Either way, just make good use of this golden opportunity we are all blessed with.