Even in periods of recession, people continue to seek the American dream. Some are filled with hope, but others fall into despair as each goes daily to provide for his or her own needs. The fortunate find their lives filled with abundance, but the less fortunate many remain cold and hungry through the dark nights.
Entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers and other professionals are successful and appear to have the best that life offers. Some of the less fortunate attribute their success to luck, and accuse them of not caring for the poor, but they are wrong.
Any less fortunate person needing medical attention can find it in almost every community because doctors and nurses volunteer their time and services. Many attorneys provide pro bono services for those who cannot afford legal fees. Professionals and tradesmen in all fields find time to help their fellow man.
Although busy entrepreneurs spend most of their time planning and overseeing their businesses, they do take time to help those in need. For example, Mark Gonsenhauser who owns Mark Gonsenhauser’s Rug and Carpet Superstore donates used rugs to various charities such as Ronald McDonald House, Hope House, Armed Services YMCA and other charities. The old flooring may be cold with vinyl or basic flooring, but a new, clean rug adds warmth.
The American dream is possible for anyone who will work to achieve it. From its beginning, the United States has allowed immigrants to rise as high as their talents would let them. It doesn’t matter if it is a Chinese-American hero or a man like Mark Gonsenhauser who came to the United States from South Africa with only a suitcase.
History is replete with many examples of people who have accumulated vast fortunes. J.C. Penney recovered from tuberculosis and built a chain of department stores. Andrew Carnegie, the Rockefellers, and many others have achieved the American dream. In addition, while they were building their American dream, they provided jobs so that others shared their dreams.
However, they did more than provide jobs. They remembered their fellow man by sharing the wealth they created by building libraries, hospitals and other facilities that benefited their communities.
These American entrepreneurs have created more wealth than any other entrepreneurs in history. Today, when it is so easy to focus on the difficult times, these entrepreneurs provide great examples of hope and generosity. During this holiday season, we can all use these figures as role models for good and give, just as we receive.