Florida Man to Auction His $3.5 Million “American Dream” on eBay; Faith-based Website Says “American Dream” an Elusive Concept.

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Florida man’s story reveals that monetary gain is not enough to capture the real “American Dream,” says faith-based website, followme.org.

Faith-based website, followme.org: The American Dream is slippery—it’s hard to hang onto.

Hard work, diligence, and financial gain might not add up to the “American Dream,” says faith-based website, followme.org.

That statement came today as a Florida man announced last week that he is auctioning off his “American dream,” complete with a successful business and most of his possessions, for $3.5 million.

Last week, Shane Butcher, a 29-year-old entrepreneur from Tampa Bay, FL, posted an eBay listing for what he calls his “American Dream,” with the $3.5 million dollar package including three “RU Game?” video stores, a waterfront townhouse, a waterfront rental condo, three cars, and two kayaks, Butcher told ABC News. Butcher, who lives in Tampa with his wife and nine-month-old daughter, said he has already begun negotiations with one serious buyer, but he hopes to field more offers for the package.

Butcher wants it known that he is not getting out of the business for a lack of success. He told the Baltimore Sun, “The stores are very profitable. The hard work is getting the business off the ground; that part is already done.”

In fact, Butcher is so interested in seeing the stores continue to succeed that the listing includes a promise that he agrees to mentor the stores’ new owner for six months after the completion of the sale, according to ABC News. Butcher also agreed to pay the leases and fees associated with his three stores for a full year after the sale, so that the new owner is free to flourish without worrying about those expenses, he told Forbes.

So what does Butcher have in mind instead of running his video game stores? He told ABC News that he is not sure about what career path is next for him. “There’s so many things I haven’t seen, and you just can’t see everything when you’re tied down to a business,” he said. “I have a huge bucket list.”

But why would this successful businessman leave his “American dream”? One organization that has studied materialism in America says that Butcher’s story hints at widespread disillusionment with the so-called “American Dream.”

Pastor Jamie of faith-based website, followme.org, says, “The American Dream is founded on the idea that, if you work hard, you can get what you want out of life. Butcher’s story is one of many that reveals a sad truth: even after hard work, business success may not be enough for us. The American Dream is slippery—it’s hard to hang onto.”

Butcher describes his motivation for the sale: “If you build a castle, it’s awesome to sell it and then start building another one, hopefully bigger and better,” he told ABC News.

And it seems Butcher’s sale has provoked a response from Americans eager to upgrade their own castles. Since Butcher listed the sale last week, his listing has registered over 38,000 visits.

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