The American Dream is a State of Mind
Everybody has a different idea of what the American Dream actually is. For some it might be building a successful business, others might want to achieve a home of their own, and then others might just want to acquire wealth. However, it’s the outcomes of the dream that we strive for, not the dream itself. The American Dream is actually a state of mind. Even though we live in a nation that is founded on certain extraordinary principles and we have the rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” it’s actually this misunderstanding that causes people to perceive the American Dream in the wrong way. The American Dream is not a right to happiness, but a right to achieve it on our own. Our best shot at achieving happiness occurs when we put ourselves in a position to excel at what we love to do. In order to find our own personal happiness, we need to find out two things: our natural talents or what we love to do and do best and to work only where we can use that talent to achieve satisfying goals. The outcome of those tasks will be unique to each of us, but the tasks themselves are the same for all of us. They represent our right to the pursuit of happiness and to our own personal American Dreams.