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The American Dream… And Those Who Achieve It

The American Dream has always been a popular idea, from its birth up until today.  The idea being that any man (or woman) can live a prosperous life, by their own sweat blood and tears.  It is often popularized by movies such as Rocky, or books such as Of Mice and Men.  Often there is a varying difference in how hard people are willing to work to achieve their goals in life.  It is often seen that some people are willing to go the distance to achieve their goals, and some quit at the starting line.  It has been found that these individuals that are willing to go the distance have a stronger response to dopamine in the regions of the brain associated with reward, a possible reason for their unending resilience.  In reality, hard work comes down to different individual’s brains.

Links for further research:

http://newsatjama.jama.com/2012/05/02/willingness-to-work-hard-linked-to-dopamine-response-in-brain-regions/

http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2012/05/dopamine-impacts-your-willingness-to-work/

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