The established belief is that anyone with merit can climb the social ladder to a better standard of living. But the question we must ask is: is that possible for everyone? Is the ideology of equal opportunity for all, entirely true? The point is that lower income groups in the United States are deprived of opportunities, especially top class education, despite living in what is known as a meritocratic establishment due to the gap in the distribution of income between the different social classes. The ideology of the modern world is that there is equal opportunity for all; any one with the capability to excel will rise through the ranks and achieve success.
These people are the ones who are stuck in the rut and remain to dream their illusion of success. Another reason why success is so highly sought for is that along with it comes reputation. A more successful person is more respectable in the eyes of many. This respect comes from the fact that people value success so highly, hence, the more who has success the more respect he or she receives. Moreover, in such a materially-oriented society people simply become opportunistic, in part due to competition against many others who are targeting for the same goal in life, because respecting or being nice with a successful person is normally assumed to give something in return.
Sadly, many people consider material wealth as the most accurate indicator of a successful person. Although, I believe a successful career is important to a person’s level of contentment and happiness; it is not how I would personally define success. I believe to be successful in life; a person should consider all aspects of their life. Have they
A child who has a wealthy family is going to have an easier job getting good grades. One of the main reasons is that the parents probably got a good education and know how important education is in life.
The Pursuit of Happyness shows how the American dream may be a reality for some but can often be a myth to others. In order for some people to feel security and fulfillment they feel they need to achieve higher-class income which may not guarantee success. The American dream can have many routes but the common one most people desire is to work hard to own a business to lead to happiness. Unfortunately, achieving the American dream is extremely difficult for the lower and middle class. Some people are born with wealth and others try to achieve a high income but according to studies hard work is not guaranteed for success.
The definition of success simply depends on the type of person you are, but I believe that success has been mistaken as a materialistic element. Someone with an impressive job title or an excessive amount of money is not always deemed as successful, due to the fact that they might not be happy with their life. They might want a higher job title or more money. Success is personal and its definition will be different for everyone. However, when I think of success, I look past the fancy houses and “big time careers”.
The rewards that can be received inspire ambition and an avid desire in people to be successful. People will apply themselves and be determined to reach their highest potential in order to acquire great rewards. People who work hard to earn more money will typically cause them to experience a feeling of accomplishment and will often give them the means to for a higher standard of living (Burke). Having a society where people are motivated to work hard to succeed will result in a more successful economy. On the other hand, socialist economic systems offer little or no reward for people who really apply t... ... middle of paper ... ...est Benefits of Capitalism.” 24 Dec. 2012.
One can be successful, have freedom, and be happy, and fulfill their version of the American Dream. Keeping up with the Joneses is still part of our everyday life. Some of us may take it to further extremes than others, but there will always be the desire to have something better than everyone else. Society today tells us that we should have the best of everything and if we don’t, we are part of a lower class of people. We are sucked in by these beliefs because we as Americans do not want to be shown up, and want to be part of the higher class.
To many people across the globe, the United States of America appears to be a place where one can be proud of. America the land where dreams come true and there is always a chance for any person to succeed. People who are not from the United States have been painted a beautiful picture of what life in our country is like. Not only do they think that there is a special place in America for them and the perfect career for each individual, but unfortunately this is not always true. The American dream is not necessarily to get rich quick, it is more along the lines of a hard worker having an opportunity to be financially stable and to live a pleasant life.
America has always seen as the symbolic ideal country of prosperity and equality. This is the reason why people come to America hoping to become successful, but in matter of fact we all have an equal plan field to be successful is not entirely true. For there are social boundaries that keep use limited based upon our own status. Whether we are born of a low class or of a high class the possibility of economic mobility in a sense are predetermined by two factors of social class and success together they both affecting one’s another opportunity of success. In order to achieve success, we must know that it is made up of two main concepts and they are fortune and position.