Many U.S. citizens may believe that the American dream is slowly fading away, when in reality, it has never been more alive. The American dream is the ultimate goal of achieving top success in today’s world. Many Americans pursue this dream, though many feel hopeless in their journey towards victory. As the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson states, “America lives in the heart of every man—everyone who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses.” Any one person can accomplish something that they put their mind to and preserver in. Authors such as Alice Walker and Richard Rodriguez both started from very unfortunate backgrounds, though they rose above their ancestors and set an example for many. Another man who sets a strong example for millions around the world is the United States current president, Barack Obama. As being the first African-American president and also a man who grew up in poverty, proves that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. In today’s world, education is the number one key to success. With out a strong educational background, it is almost impossible to make it in America. For many who live in poverty this may make achieving their goals feel seemingly impossible. Though it may be more difficult for someone living in poverty, it is no where close to impossible. While growing up Rodriguez was ashamed of his parent’s lack of knowledge, he strived to become more intelligent then they were. Rodriguez writes in his essay The Achievement of Desire, “There may be some things about him that recall his beginnings—his shabby clothes; his persistent poverty; or his dark skin—but they only make clear how far he has moved from his past. He has used education to remake himself” (Rodriguez 576). He knew that the only way to become successful was to make sure he did his best in school. He began to consume him self in books and other sorts of knowledge at a very young age. Because of...
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