The image that most encapsulates America to me is Mark Cuban. For those unfamiliar with Cuban, he is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, Landmark Theaters and Magnolia Pictures. Cuban embodies the blue collar working class I think of when I hear America. According to the bio from the show Shark Tank in which Cuban makes business proposals to upstart entrepreneurs, he started working at the age of twelve. Mark Cuban sold trash bags door to door, ran a lemonade, stand sold stamps and basically did whatever job could make money. Eventually, Cuban started MicroSolutions which is a systems integrator for computers. Cuban sold the company a few years later pocketing a cool two million dollars in the process. Since Cuban started MicroSoultions, he owned, operated and sold numerous websites and companies. Now Cuban is worth an estimated 2.3 billion dollars.
Mark Cuban truly symbolizes the hardworking aspect of America. Starting to work from such a young age and becoming so successful through perseverance and the drive to succeed is the American Dream. Cuban is completely self made which Americans pride themselves upon. The specific picture of Cuban I chose shows Cuban holding thousands of dollars. This picture embodies success, blue collar mentality, perseverance and being self made. All of these ideas represent America. Cuban is not only successful but to many he is an idol. Men want to be Cuban; he owns a professional sports team, is worth a ton of money and has the love of a beautiful woman. The means by which he ascended to his success reflects my perception of America and is why this image is what I think of when I think of America.