Anyone being able to achieve success is one of the fundamental principles of the American Dream. This is regardless of where and the class they were born into. It also says that there are many versions of success. This American Dream is achieved through dedication and hard work and does not come by chance. It goes to those who deserve it. There are many people who have overcome their pasts and in spite of it have worked hard to achieve success and are living the American Dream. Here are some of them.
For Starters, we have John Rockefeller. He is among the first American business stars. This was regardless of the difficult childhood he had. A great portion of it was facilitated by his mother since his salesman father was seldom home. He started helping out at home through small jobs and lending out his meagre savings out to his neighbours with interest even before he attained the age of sixteen years. Many other ventures came afterwards including being a bookkeeper at a produce company. Beginning in the oil business was made easier by the skills acquired over these years. One of the most successful companies in the U.S. is Standard Oil, the oil firm which he started.
We also have Oprah Winfrey. She is referred to as the queen of daytime Television. Having been born out of wedlock, she went ahead to have a rough childhood. Soon after she was born, her teenage parents separated. As a result, she started out by being raised in her grandmother’s home. Including stealing, her teenage life was filled with rebellion. She faced many other hardships including molestation by some of her family members. Broadcast and media training in high school was her first encounter with her career path. At the age of nineteen, she got a job as a co-anchor for a local newscast. This was then followed by other TV jobs including hosting a daytime talk show in Chicago. This has grown to be one of the most popular and successful talk shows in America.
We also get to look at Ursula Burns, the CEO of Xerox. Before reaching the top of this company, she underwent many struggles. Being both a single mother and a Panamian immigrant, her mother struggled to raise her. The New York City housing project is where they lived. As a student at parochial schools, she was able to identify her averseness with math and figures. She had a degree involving math and science in mind despite being geared towards traditional women’s careers such as nursing.
She scored herself a summer internship at Xerox immediately after finishing school. She was able to climb the ladder over the years by progressively assuming more superior roles. All this finally led her to be named the Chief Executive Officer of Xerox in July 2009.