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September 09, 2016

The Death of the American Dream

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Does the American Dream still exist? I would say kind of. The entire world climate has changed drastically since the concept of the American Dream was created. In the 21st century, the American Dream has become a fallacy that people aspire to. Similar to keeping up with The Jones or in today's world The Kardashian.



The American Dream is alive, but it doesn't look the way it did when our parents were children. Our digital world is ever changing and in a lot of ways we have lost stability due to the rate at which we exchange information. If we all tried to live the American dream the way our grandparents did most of us would be working 2 jobs just to keep up. We live in an age of downsizing being a necessity to survive.

“If you want freedom, you have to be willing to step outside of the box, you put yourself in.” - Chell Bee

Personally, I think the American Dream has become a nightmare. These days we believe being buried in debt is the norm. We settle for being strapped to a house, a job, and a car for years because its better than having nothing. But is it really, is it really worth it to have a car, job, and house if you can't enjoy or even live your life because you are too busy working for those possessions.
I am not above getting rid of my house or car. When I discovered freedom, I lost the fear of being ashamed. My mind is focused on the long term, success, and happiness. Which does not come from making short-sighted decisions based on the norms?



“Your only limitations are the ones you place on yourself.”- ChellBee

Freedom!

For me being financially free is important because I want to be able to pick up and travel at the drop of a dime. I am fortunate because my passion is portable, I can podcast or write from anywhere. But what I have realized is when you pursue a traditional career, freedom becomes far fetched.
Over time we become chained to our jobs and possessions. Without recognizing it we find ourselves in a cycle of leading a normal sub-par life. That we are not truly happy with but we don't know or don't want to work to change it. My challenge to you is to start to think about what does FREEDOM means for you.

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2 comments :

  1. This is a good post ! When I saw the picture of the Kardashians I kind of thought the post would be about them ... phew thank god, it was not.The American Dream is a concept that always fascinated me. I came as a foreign student to Canada, and studied Economics and Finance and it really lead me to understand one thing. The American dream was built by social programs that were put by the FDR administration, and as we all know today, those programs are almost extinct.
    I watched a documentary that featured Noam Chomsky, it's called : Requiem for the American Dream. It's on Netflix, a must watch.
    All this to say, I really enjoyed your post :) Thank you

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  2. Exactly we have to create our own wealth if we are going to be successful in today's society. In a few years social programs will be extinct.I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I cant wait to watch that documentary!

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