As most people know, I have had a long-standing career on Wall Street. I chose this industry because I was enamored by the idea of Wall Street and truth be told, I was driven by money. I grew up in a family that struggled financially and I knew early on that I did not want that. I was tired of being poor and was willing to work hard to get what I wanted.
My story is an example of the American dream. I am essentially a first generation American born to immigrant parents. I put myself through college and over the last twenty years, have worked tirelessly, in a career where the hours are long and grueling, the competition is fierce and the pressure can be insurmountable.
But in the wake of success, I have encountered a fair amount of animosity regarding my achievements. Instead of commendation and pride, I receive criticism and at times even hostility. And this hostility is not only directed towards me personally, it is general hostility towards the rich – the upper and upper-middle classes.
This attitude has made me realize that there is real anger about the class divide in this county. We are becoming a society of the Haves and Have Nots. This becomes more evident as the economy continues to waver and it will become worse with the policies of the current administration. But worst of all we are becoming a society where the underpinnings of the American Dream have a negative connotation and successful people are villainized.
Is that what we really want for America? I for one, want to live in a country where there is abundance of opportunity and the success of one will not diminish the opportunity of another. There is plenty here for everyone. And must remember that all ships rise with the tide – the more people that succeed the more our society prospers.