The economic structure in a capitalist society encourages class mobility. In other words, the idea of the American dream suggests that anyone can go from rags to riches as long as they work hard enough. The idea of class consciousness, which outlined the difference of status between the assembly line worker and the owner of the factory, was the assurance that it was possible to climb the corporate ladder and get to the top no matter where you started. Over the past 60 years, the economy has been redesigned and the conclusion is a concentration of wealth and power among the top 1%. How did this happen?
If you asked one hundred people what it meant to be successful, you would hear one hundred very different answers. Every person has a picture in their head of what success entails that has been influenced over time by everything and anyone that has ever come in contact with them. What does success mean to you right now? For some, it’s raising children, owning a home, getting a doctorate, becoming a pilot, overcoming an obstacle, etc. The overall idea is that success means setting a goal – and making conscious decisions every day to build the life you want for yourself.