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Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard atit This was the quotation paired with a motivational poster displayedin the break room of my job The poster displayed an image of a manlying in bed The photo chosen as the visual aide in this posterprovides the notion that dreaming about achieving something withoutputting in the effort to achieve that dream will get you nowhere Thisposter is meant to motivate people to achieve the success they dream ofby waking up and working hard at it If a demotivational poster were to be displayed in this setting itmight say Success the will to succeed strongly influenced by thedesire not to be fired This humorous message pokes fun at thecultural assumption that competition makes you better By displayingthis message to the employees it gives the employee two reasons tosucceed to better ones self and to preserve ones job Americans apply the framework of competition winning and loosing ontoeverything from the most mundane everyday activities to the mostmonumental because it gives an individual the drive and perseverance todo better than their opponent in order to show ones ability to succeedCompetition is such a powerful force in American culture because Americais the land of opportunity From childhood one is taught to believe thatanything is possible with hard work and determination In order to reachones dreams they must surpass their opponents Simplistic childrensgames such as kickball and foursquare teach children to identify whoare the winners and who are losers These games provide some of thefirst forms of competition one might encounter The competitionframework provides the motivation for one to work towards their dreamsbecause they are taught to believe that anything is possible
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