• Becoming American means following the rules. It means respecting your neighbors, in your own neighborhood. — Francine Sharp, 73, retired teacher in Kansas (born in Kansas)
  • If you work hard, you get good things in life. — José, college student/roofer; immigrant without legal status in Tulsa, Oklahoma (born in Mexico)
  • Being American is making a change and making good changes. Being American is being welcoming, being caring about other people, being proud of the country. And it’s forgiveness. It’s not holding grudges on anything — I mean, where’s that going to get you? — Natalie Villafranca, 14, in Texas (born in Dallas)
  • Being American means protection by the law. Anyone can say whatever they want and, even if I don’t agree with them, they’re still protected by the law it’s my job to enforce. That’s their freedom. That’s their right. — Sean Larkin, 40, sergeant with Tulsa Police Department’s gang unit in Tulsa, Oklahoma (born in Virginia)
  • Being American is red, white and blue and being free. It doesn’t matter what language you speak; if you’re born in America, you’re still American. No matter what you look like, no matter what. — Sebastien de la Cruz, 12, student who gained attention, and backlash, when he sang the national anthem during the 2013 NBA finals in a mariachi outfit (born and lives in San Antonio)
  • I want all girls, especially girls of color, to know that they can be a part of science. And more than that, they can be leaders in science. I want them to know that, because I know that I am America. That I am science. I’m just the part that people refuse to recognize. — Taylor R., 13, speaking about her ambitions at the March for Science in April 2017
  1. Personal control over the environment: Americans believe that they are responsible for taking control of what happens to them. Fate or destiny does not play a part in how their lives turn out but rather hard work and initiative to pursue a better life.
  2. Change is seen as natural and positive: Change is good and often associated with progress and improvement. To Americans, it’s essential to development and growth.
  3. Time and its control: Time is considered an important commodity and needs to be used wisely. This philosophy has enabled Americans to be highly productive, and productivity is highly valued in the United States.
  4. Equality and fairness: Americans believe that all people are “created equal” and should all have the equal opportunity to succeed. People are important as individuals, not from which family they come from.
  5. Individualism and independence: Americans view themselves as highly individualistic in their thoughts and actions. They believe in the right to express their opinions anywhere at any time. Each person is a unique individual, and a high value is placed on personal style and action.
  6. Self-help/initiative: Americans take pride in what they can accomplish as individuals, not a part of a collective or as a right of birth. Getting ahead requires individual effort.
  7. Competition: Competition is seen as bringing out the best in an individual, and free enterprise leads to progress and produces success.
  8. Future orientation: The past is devalued, and Americans believe that the future will be better and happier. They believe that “the best is yet to come.”
  9. Action/work orientation: Americans emphasize “doing” and regard what one does for a living as part of their identity. Active engagement and planning are seen as valuable. “Don’t just stand there, do something” is a basic American attitude.
  10. Informality: High emphasis is placed on a casual approach to many things, including social interactions, clothes, and communication styles.
  11. Directness/openness/honesty: A preferred approach to negative information is directness, and Americans consider anything other than openness as dishonest and insincere. Honesty is equated with being blunt, and “telling it like it is” is often admired.
  12. Practicality/efficiency: Practicality is given the highest priority when making important decisions. Americans try to avoid being “too sentimental” when making decisions.
  13. Materialism/greed: Higher priority is given to obtaining, maintaining, and protecting material objects than developing and enjoying relationships with others. Material objects are viewed as benefits of hard work.

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Paul Segreto

Paul Segreto

CEO at Acceler8Success Group. My goal is to be a resource for current & aspiring entrepreneurs. I strive to connect the right people, brands & opportunities!