Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"The American Dream is Dead?"

The American dream is dead?

Living for the French dream; I’m living for the Italian dream; when we were growing up my parents were living the Mexican dream. We have all heard these stories, right. Of course not, what we do hear when they interview individuals of all ethnicities around the globe who want more for themselves and for their families; they want the American dream. Those of us who have had the good fortune to be born in the US have already won one of life’s big lotteries.

All around this globe at this very moment millions upon millions of people are dreaming of the day they that they can make their way to this country, our country. Why is that? They know once they arrive in the United States of America they have the opportunity to become or to do or to create whatever they can imagine. It is there for them if they just work for it. They know in America, specifically the United States of America, the sky’s the limit. If I can get to the US and work as hard as I do in my country, in America I can become rich.

The American dream isn’t dead, although the American Dreamer may be. Growing up in a land where you have all the necessities of life it becomes quite easy not to see the opportunities right before our eyes. Ever since the sixties and the anti government and anti war movements it has become common place to dump on this country. We are barraged daily by media pundits who cry that we, the US, are the world’s largest problem. The fact is, in the history of the planet there has never been a country which has and continues to invest its bounty and blood for the betterment of all. When calamity happens, who do they call; it’s not Ghost busters.

If you are less than fifty years of age you have been barraged with many negative if not hostile views of our country; even more so if you have received an education in a large metropolitan public school education. Most of what is taught as American History is the human foibles of the founding fathers. The reality that they gambled with their lives and their fortunes to create the only Republic of its kind in human history is deleted from the conversation. Yet the so called modern day hero’s of our times are honored because they have “Good Intentions” and what they do in their personal lives has nothing to do with their character.

This is not a perfect country or government by any stretch of the imagination. I just ask you to do one thing in your life. Spend a minimum of six weeks living in another country. Not a vacation, though it could be; and not in a resort area. Pick anywhere; Paris, London, Hong Kong, Berlin; choose anyplace that appears, through the window of the TV screen, to be just like the US. If you have grown up in the US, upon returning ninety percent of us will kiss the earth when our feet finally stands on sovereign US ground. “Toto, there is no place like home.”

Dream, think, and imagine what is possible. Each one of us lives in a land where if you think you can, you can. The opposite holds true also; if you think you can’t, you’re one hundred percent correct. The American Dream is alive and well for those who want to change the way they live. Anything is possible!

What Is Possible; Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn is a mentor of mine. I am constantly reading and listening to his books and CD’s and I even have a presentation on tape from the 80’s I watch on my VCR several times a year. His message is always the same, and like any masterpiece it never grows old. A few years ago he recorded a CD, Smooth Mix, which excerpts of Mr. Rohn’s presentations with musical back ground. There are sixteen tracts on sixteen subjects;

Imagine the possibilities, turning nothing into something.

The first step is to imagine, imagine the possibilities.
One of the reasons for sermons and the lyrics from songs and testimonials of others is to give us the idea of the possibilities, imagine the possibilities.

Here’s the second step.
The second step is to believe what you imagine is possible for you. We become supported by others testimonials that say; “If I can do it, you can do it.” And we start believing. They tell us,“If it was possible for me than it’s possible for you.” First we imagine the possibilities; second we start to believe what’s possible is possible for us. We might also believe because of our own testimonial.

This is what we might say;”If I did it once, I can do it again. If it happened for me before it can very well happen for me again.” So we not only believe because of other testimonials that say;”If I can do it you can do it, if I can change you can change, if I can start with nothing than you can start with nothing, if I can turn it all around you can turn it all around.” Than we also have the support of our own testimonial;”If I did it once I can do it again. If we did it last year we can do it this year.”

So those two things are very powerful. Now they’re not actual substance though they’re very close. One is to imagine the possibilities, two is to imagine what is possible is possible for you.

Jim Rohn

“It’s Possible”
Les Brown

“My brother from another mother” is what Les said about me in Columbus, Ohio in 2007. A mentor and friend Les does an entire program entitled “It’s Possible”.
Some excerpts;
“If you don’t program yourself life will program you.”

“History is being read but it’s also being written by people with imagination.”

“There are winners and there are losers and there are those who just have never learned how to win. Ones who need just a little insight, a little more information, a little Push.”

“Look at a dream or goal you have. I don’t want you to say, “I can do it”, because deep down you may not believe it. But what you can say with certainty and belief is to say with conviction,
“It’s Possible”.
Say it again and again,
“It’s Possible.”
“It’s Possible.”

My brother from another mother, Les Brown

“What you have done so far in your life is what you
have believed is Possible for you. You have achieved what you have believed
is Possible for you.”

“I want you to operate out of your imagination not your memory.”

“If someone has made their dream to become a reality then it’s POSSIBLE for my
dream to become a reality.”

“Are you using Eyesight or Mind-sight, imagination is Mind-sight!”


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