Is the Pursuit of the American Dream Derailing Your Retirement?

The idea is that having a lot of stuff to show for our work defines success – the American dream.  

But is the pursuit of this elusive, ill-defined dream bringing unwanted problems into our lives? Does it create unrealistic expectations that are impossible to meet? 

Can it keep us from having the kind of retirement we want? 

In my experience, both personally and through observation, the answer is yes. 

How do we define good jobs, a beautiful house, and plenty of money? The advertising and real estate industry would say you need a big house in the suburbs. Nowadays, HGTV further defines how that should look. 

In talking with a couple of realtor friends, they tell me that when they show a house, everyone is looking for the “HGTV” look. You know that look, right?