American Dream

Essay by jturnerHigh School, 11th gradeB-, October 2014

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The "American Dream"

Rafael Cruz, father of current US Senate, Ted Cruz, once said, "Only in America can someone start with nothing and achieve the American Dream. That's the greatness of this country." I completely agree with Mr. Cruz, because he is right; only in America can one start at the bottom of the totem pole and make it all the way to the top. Mr. Cruz is the perfect example; he came from Cuba in 1957 and had nothing but "the clothes on his back and one hundred dollars sewn into his underwear." He later went on to find a job as a dishwasher making fifty cents an hour but eventually built a business in pursuit of the American Dream. Many ask if the American Dream still accessible; the answer is yes. With motivation, hard work, and devotion the American Dream is still possible for all those who believe that it is.

Motivation is the biggest drive for those who come from nothing but later become the idea of "everything". To America, "everything" is a huge house, nice cars, a lot of money. But to some people, the American Dream is more of a personal level like making sure that their kids have the opportunity to be the best that they can be in life. Motivation pushed people like Delores Kesler, who had a dream of being able to get by without a financial struggle. She hadn't always dreamed of being rich, but motivation helped her achieve the American Dream. "Kesler says she didn't always plan to become a millionaire: Divorced and with a small child, she began her career at 22 with a series of dead-end jobs, struggling to make ends meet...But her father had often told Kesler she could do anything she wanted to...