Tag: American Dream
I was brought up to view America as the land of opportunity, where hard work and determination pay off. I was taught that it is not where you come from or what schools you attended that matters in getting ahead. Instead, brains, energy, character, and determination are what count most, as well as the leadership to see opportunity in adversity and go when others are reluctant to.
I have to confess that living in the U.S. was always a secret dream of mine and I feel so fortunate to now be living and working in this great country—it is my American Dream.
James Truslow Adams’ definition of the American Dream, “Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability and achievement” is one which I firmly stand behind. The upcoming generation of leaders needs to realize the importance of hard work, education, and perseverance.
Certainly, in many ways, my wife and I have embraced this nation that has so much embraced us as well. In 2000, we proudly became citizens of the United States of America. We do this not so much to renounce our heritage, but to bring in our grain of salt to this great diverse nation, as we continue to pursue our American Dream.
While many opportunities may be equally available to all, progress is achieved when individual talents and contributions are highlighted and recognized.