What is the American Dream? I believe most of us here at the Williams Company are living that dream!
So what is the American dream? I found this definition at Investopedia:
The American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone. The American Dream is achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking, and hard work, rather than by chance.
So there is talk in the press that the American Dream is dead. Don't believe it! I see too many of you at Williams Company that have made many sacrifices, taken risk, worked incredibly hard and yes, are living the American Dream!
So for me personally, I have a few more items that I believe are part of the American Dream.
- Owning your own home (and having it paid off before retirement)
- Owning part of a company (as you all do)
- Being able to provide adequately for your family
- The ability to create wealth and be debt free
- Retiring comfortably
- The opportunity to pursue your goals, passion and hobbies
Pursuing your American Dream is not easy, nor should it be. It takes dedication and a lot of will power. The American Dream should never be taken for granted, and none of us are simply entitled to it. The opportunity to even pursue the items listed above should be cherished and valued. Most people of the world have zero opportunities to pursue any of this.
Most of us here at Williams Company have come from humble beginnings. Many of you have started your careers with nothing in the bank, including me. But I have witnessed with hard work, a desire to continually learn, a passion for service and excellence, and a dedication to our team, you will experience the American Dream right here at Williams Company!