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Joshua Eusebio Writing110 Professor Hoag 2. 26. 2014 Social Classes / Race = Success? Margaret Thatcher once commented about the idea of hard work and success: “I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it should get you pretty near.” (Margaret Thatcher). A common belief in our society is that Hard Work leads to Success. But is that statement actually true? In a very broad sense hard work can correlate with ones success but further evidence from texts we have read in class shows that what actually renders success is a multitude of factors such as merit, class, and chance. Horatio Alger has the idea that if one person simply works hard enough success is destined to be right around the corner. Harlon L. Dalton opposes Alger’s idea stating that success is not just based on merit, but rather it is correlated with a multitude of factors. Barbara Ehrenreich gives a personal account as to why hard work alone is sometimes to hard and Gregory Mantsios talks about race, and how this factor may play a role in success stories.
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As kids we are constantly told that hard work is the single way to become successful. You want to be an astronaut? Work hard. You want to be president? Work even harder. But is this actually feasible? Author Horatio Alger proposes the “algerithm.” In this equation there is one variable and one product: hard work and success. This is what we have been brought up believing. Success should not be based upon class or ethnicity rather success should be based upon hard work and that alone. Horatio Alger portrays a storyboard in which people who work hard reach success: “It was indeed a
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  • Spring '14
  • deFreitas
  • Leonardo Da Vinci, English-language films, Margaret Thatcher

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