Personal Essay: The American Dream And Success

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The American Dream, in my eyes, is the prosperity of individual growth and success on an equal platform. From my personal experiences of battling with the idea of success, I have grown to discover that success means an achievement of one’s own goals – whether small and insignificant or large and remarkable. A statement expressed in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt is as follows: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along” (“Eleanor Roosevelt” 1). Within these words I find my own strength, bravery, success and perseverance to achieve my goals. The brilliance of Eleanor’s…show more content…
Beginning with my first breath in life, I was fighting for the smallest intake of oxygen to my lungs. This quote forces upon me the remembrance of those times in which I felt as if I hit rock bottom. I am a firm believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason – even when nothing seems to be making sense. With the American Dream, my ideals are encompassed that these trials will prove to be rewarding with time and hard work. My small goals of breathing on my own became larger goals in regards to my academic career. Personal rewards came in time – with the lack of a ventilator, healing of my scars, and no longer requiring a chest tube to drain fluid out of my lungs. The entire person I have been made to be until this point in my life has been formed from the fear of the unknown that I repeatedly face and conquer alone. So many people are not presently active in their own lives. Fear of the unknown, could be and had been stand in the way of achievements and success. Everyone is capable of fulfilling The American Dream to achieve prosperity and success by applying determination and hard work to daily life. For me, the words of Eleanor Roosevelt stand as a mindset to continually stay focused and determined – only then will I reach my interpretation of the American Dream of individual
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