The American Dream is based on the belief that anyone can achieve success. This is regardless of where and the class they were born into. This success is not defined and is according to someone’s version. The American Dream does not come from luck, but through sacrifice and hard work. It is deserved. Having overcome their past difficulties and put the required effort so as to achieve success, there are a number of people who are living the American Dream. Here are some of them.
Firstly, there is John Rockefeller. He is America’s first business superstar. This is in spite of not having the best childhood. His father, who was a salesman was always on the road which left him to be raised by his mother alone most of the times. He started helping out at home through small jobs and lending out his meagre savings out to his neighbours with interest even before he attained the age of sixteen years. Many other ventures came afterwards including being a bookkeeper at a produce company. Beginning in the oil business was made easier by the skills acquired over these years. One of the most successful companies in the U.S. is Standard Oil, the oil firm which he started.
We also have Oprah Winfrey. She is commonly known as the queen of daytime television. She was born out of wedlock which was the beginning of her difficult childhood. She was born of teenage parents who had to separate after she was born. This forced her to be raised by her grandmother. She led a rebellious life as a teen where she used to even steal. Among the many other rough situations she found herself in is being molested by some family members. Broadcast and media training in high school was her first encounter with her career path. At the age of nineteen, she got a job as a co-anchor for a local newscast. This was then followed by other TV jobs including hosting a daytime talk show in Chicago. Over the years it has become a renowned talk show in America.
Among them is also the CEO of Xerox, Ursula Burns. She had to go through a lot before achieving this milestone. She was raised by a single mother who was also a Panamian immigrant. The New York City housing project is where they lived. As a student at parochial schools, she was able to identify her averseness with math and figures. Her teachers would encourage her to pursue a degree in nursing which was more womanly, yet she went ahead and pursued something relating to math and science.
After completing school, she landed a summer internship at Xerox. She was able to climb the ladder over the years by progressively assuming more superior roles. All this finally led her to be named the Chief Executive Officer of Xerox in July 2009.