The American Dream: Still Here?
At a town hall meeting this week with President Obama, a woman in the audience told him that it “feels like the American Dream is not attainable to a lot of us.”
That dream—work hard and anything is possible—has been in our collective DNA for centuries, luring millions of people to our shores.
That dream is what prompted me to start Women For Hire – the only career expo company geared to women—11 years ago from the bedroom of my apartment. It’s what has prompted me to plan eight Spark & Hustle retreats for small business owners and aspiring women entrepreneurs in 2011.
But now, an ABC News/Yahoo poll finds that a large group of Americans—apparently dejected by the economy—agrees with the woman who spoke up at the town hall meeting.
In the poll, half said the old adage still holds true—perhaps not all that bad, given the economy’s condition.
But a whopping 43% say that the basic principle of grade-school civics—“if you work hard, you’ll get ahead”—was true once but isn’t any more. Four percent of people said it never was.
I’ll never give up on the American Dream. Things are tough for sure but I am convinced that the can-do spirit that has been the hallmark of America forever is alive and well.
But it worries me that so many of us think the American Dream is in jeopardy. Which brings me to ask: what can each of us do to make sure the American Dream remains strong?
Let me know.