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Action and achievement oriented

A lot of emphasis on getting things done with a tendency to be practical, brief and business like and a focus on function and pragmatism. Planning and setting goals is a priority and Americans like to measure results

American Dream

The belief that everybody can improve their life through hard work.

Competition

An aggressive and competitive nature is encouraged and people want to be no. 1. The runner-up is a loser.

Competition

The necessay price that has to be paid for material wealth. An aggressive and competitive nature is encouraged and people want to be no. 1.

Equality

An informal and open society that ideally treats everyone equally. There’s little hierarchy and there’s a directness in relations with others.

Equality of opportunity

All Americans should have an equal chance for success. Do NOT confuse with all Americans being equal.

Freedom

Americans reserve the right to worship as they choose free from government interference, and they want to express themselves as they please. Generally they want to make their own decisions about matters of conscience and their own lives.

Hard work

A strong work ethic where work is considered the basis of recognition and power. Idleness i seen as a threat to society.

Hard work and leisure

A strong work ethic where work is considered the basis of recognition and power. Idleness is seen as a threat to society, and leisure should be a reward for hard work.

Individual Freedom

By freedom the Americans mean the desire and the ability of all individuals to control their own destiny without outside interference from the government, ruling noble class, the church, or any other organized authorityl

Individualism

The belief that each person is unique and special. A lot of emphasis on individual initiative and the need for independence.

Material wealth

The natural reward for all the hard work.

Materialism

The idea that people have a right to be well off and physically comfortable, but also a tendency to judge people by their possessions.

Mobility

Americans move a lot across the country to enhance their careers. There’s a strong belief in vertical (social / economic) as well as physical mobility.

Patriotism

National pride.

Progress and change

There’s a belief that people should change and improve themselves and the country. Also there’s a general optimism where nothing is impossible.

Science and technology

The US values scientific approaches and considers them the primary source of good and a major factor in change.

Security

To be safe and protected from misfortune and attack.

Self-reliance

A trust in one's own capabilities, judgment, or resources. Americans want to be independent because otherwise they lose their freedom..

Self-respect

To be proud of yourself and confident in who you are.

Volunteerism

A belief in helping others and philanthropy is admired. Volunteerism is a personal choice and not a communal expectation.

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