Dreaming a Leadership

There is nothing unique or special about how Americans recognize the American Dream. Many will tell you that where we stand, right now, is not very dream like. Each iteration of the American Dream, isn’t vague and isn’t surreal. The American Dream most seem to connect with is simple… find the rungs and climb up the ladder. From the heights, you’ll see farther, which will drive your hunger to climb even higher. For some, this is only part of the American Dream.

This more inclusive group welcomes lofty success, dynamic careers, wealth accumulation and even fame, but they also believe that the American Dream includes leaving our children a better and a quality life. At least two thirds of pre-Millennials believe that we are better off than our parents, which implies that the system in which we live in is working. I believe that the secret to achieving the American Dream is the proper determination of your educational path. A recent poll shows that many agree. In this poll, nearly half believe that education is path to the American Dream as opposed to roughly 10 percent who believe that the American Dream is a product of being born into wealth. Pair education with a strong work ethic, and you have the ingredients for success.

The American Dream most seem to connect with is simple… find the rungs and climb up the ladder. From the heights, you’ll see farther, which will drive your hunger to climb even higher. For some, this is only part of the American Dream.

As we take in the results of the most recent Presidential election in the United States, there are mysteries within the divide of the two major political parties and in how they view the traditional aspirants to the American Dream, which are immigrants. 45 percent of Democrats say immigrants mostly help the United States compared to 53 percent of Republicans who believe they hurt the economy. Wall or no wall, both parties agree that immigration reform is essential, so there is some common ground from which to start. It is clear, by the passion of all involved, that the American Dream is in as good of shape as it has ever been.


About the Author

Alphonce O’Bannon

Alphonce O’Bannon is Business and Motivation Coach. He is the Head Coach at Transitions Lab University Prep School (TLUPS), the founder of the LBA foundation (non profit organization inspiring hope in tomorrow’s leaders, believers and achievers.), member of Study Iowa, associated with NACAC, OCACA, ACA and ASCA, and a veteran US Marine Corp.


 

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