American Creed Op-Ed

I believe that hard work leads to accomplishments

I believe being an American means that if you work hard enough you can accomplish anything. As a teacher at Lindbergh Elementary school said “You can achieve anything as long as you try.” I believe this truly represents America. We were founded from very little so you can come from very little and become something great in this country. That is what it is to be an American in my eyes, you are able to come from nothing and become one of the greatest people in our country.

I believe in the American dream, that every person in America “should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” I believe that America was founded on people who came from nothing and it values those same people. While life in America may not be great overall one thing that is amazing about our country is its dedication to accomplishing dreams and lifting people up. America values working hard and accomplishing things due to that, and often appreciates people that made things happen for them rather than people who were handed what they wanted on a silver platter, such as Donald Trump. One example of a person that America highly values who came from very little is Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, a very famous tech company. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption and ended up dropping out of college, yet he is one of, if not the most influential person in modern technology. There are hundreds of other stories like that, such as Oprah Winfrey who was born in poverty and is now has a net worth of $2.9 billion, Celine Dion who lived in a large very poor family, and Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, who grew up in a low-income housing complex. That is what America is.

All you need to accomplish anything is to be able to work hard, be motivated, and believe you can do it. That is what all the people I have mentioned previously did, they worked hard and believed in themselves. In this country opportunities are always there and if you try hard enough you can do everything you want to. Our country has been this way since we began. Our first leaders in this country came from nothing and worked hard to get where they were. You just have to be dedicated to accomplish anything.

While we here success stories of the “American Dream” many people do not believe it is possible. It does seem quite impossible that you can be born into nothing and become something amazing, but as many people have proven, it is not. America can be very biased at times but accomplishment is one thing we are not biased in. Though people say you won’t be able to achieve what you want in life you can as long you try. Many people do not have the drive it takes to be able to do everything you wish, but some do. Those people work as hard as they can at everything they do and will do anything to accomplish what they want.

I believe in the “American Dream.” I believe that we can accomplish anything as long as we work hard, are motivated, and believe in ourselves. As Leonardo Da Vinci once said “It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” 

Classen School of Advanced Studies

Classen SAS 8th Grade English 2018

An arts and IB magnet school in the heart of Oklahoma City.

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