Terrence Davenport, a businessman in rural Arkansas and a speaker in the PBS documentary American Creed, said, “People were suffering because they didn't have access to education, they didn’t have access to jobs.” There are people that don’t have the education and skills to do certain work and get certain jobs that make the American Dream real. The problem with reaching the American Dream is that people are often not educated on where they’re from, who they are, and are often not true to themselves.
Those who are willing to do what it takes to make the American Dream a reality, create better lives through hard work and effort. Leila Janah, a speaker in American Creed stated, “ Those who fight hard will succeed.” Fighting for what you want, no matter what it is, if you try hard enough you will succeed in anything you do. Janah also says, “Vast success and happiness comes from being born or moving to America.” Success and happiness no matter where you are come from, it all depends where and what you do with your life. If you want to succeed you have to push yourself to do so, and if moving to America is what helps those achieve their goal, it's a great way to start.
There are people that see different paths on what the American Dream could be besides working hard and striving for success as an American. Others may also believe that building up relationships with those around you also provides benefits to the American Dream. Joe Maddon, a speaker in American Creed said, “The moment we trust each other, at that point we can build something.” Working together and building trust with those around us could help lead to the American Dream. Building relationships and trust with people around us will help us get to know each other and learn from where everyone has come from.
Through hard work, fighting for your identity, knowing who you are, and being true to yourself it can lead you to the American Dream. Americans should pay attention to who they are as an individual and know where they came from. They need to value their opportunities and work for what they want.