The American Dream
“The American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone. The American Dream is achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking, and hard work, rather than by chance.” Adam Barone, Investopedia
Steven Manolis is the embodiment of the American Dream, rising from humble beginnings from a Greek and Swedish immigrant family from Huron, South Dakota, to achieve many pinnacles of success. Manolis knew that he wanted to be an artist by age 8, but his Greek Grandfather forbade it because all artists that he had known in Greece were communists.
So, at age 10, after watching the New York Yankees on his Grandfather’s TV, and inspired by his love for the team, he pronounced that he would become a businessman in New York City.
Steven was the oldest of five children. When he was 10, his mother was institutionalized with schizophrenia. The care of his younger siblings largely fell on Steven’s shoulders- cooking, ironing, helping with schoolwork, and cleaning the house. He did all of this while maintaining perfect grades in school. His father only remarried when Steven was 18 years old.