is the american dream still possible?

American flag As a child growing up in Los Angeles, it never occurred to me that I couldn't achieve anything I wanted.  It simply wasn't a part of the conversation in my household.  Don't get me wrong, it wasn't like we all had to be these intense over-achievers or anything like that… It was simply that it was instilled in us that the only limits that we had were those that were self-imposed.

Having gone out in the world, I recognize that my household (and that belief system) was an amazing blessing.  It had me go out in the world with a level of confidence that many will never know.  In some instances, I have succeeded.  In some instances, I have failed.

In all instances, I have tried.

When I began my company, I never had "failure" conversations.  I was blessed to wake up daily doing work that I loved and there was no turning back.

But I sometimes wonder if I have created my own utopia.

Once upon a time, the American dream was defined as marrying, having children, owning a home and even having a family business. 

Bank failures, the credit crunch and massive lay-offs don't currently afford the same (or equal) opportunity for all to have that piece of the dream so has the dream died or is it simply something different?

What do you think?

What is your American dream?

You were born to be great.

YES, you can!

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