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I’m Grateful for Freedom!

I am writing this on a beautiful 4th of July, celebrating our freedom as a nation. As I ponder this freedom, I am reminded that we have the freedom to make a living as we choose, and that small business owners really are the heartbeat of that American freedom.

As I watch the History Channel and the story of our Revolution, the characters are portrayed as men and women of great vision and creativity, people of purpose, who lived by principles and values.  Small business owners in today’s economy are the same sort – skilled and creative, working toward a vision for the good of their customers and their own families, in the long run.

I’ve traveled a good bit this year and most of my time has been spent with entrepreneurial folks who haven’t punched someone else’s clock in a very long time.  I find that being with these people gives me hope for my own ventures and a positive outlook for my own children and grandchildren to accomplish dreams and goals for their lives.

I have been in business for myself for almost 30 years.  There have been times when I’ve gone to sleep with a knot in my stomach, wondering where the money would come from to continue on, or wondering how I would solve a sticky problem that seemed over my head and out of my skill set.  Somehow, it worked out, and I learned eventually that there is an answer to every problem if I look hard enough and ask for the right help.  I haven’t lost sleep in many years worrying about business decisions, and I’m at peace with my decision to be the captain of my own ship.  I find it to be as natural as breathing to work for myself.  I’m almost humored at the remarks I get from people sometimes when they learn that I work from my office at home.  They say things like, “Oh, I could never do that – I’d never get anything done.”  I find it odd that these people are willing to get in their cars, drive to someone else’s office, and follow directions given by someone else all day long, and then drive home, just to get up and do it all over again.  Why would you not be willing to do the same thing for yourself?  Think of all the freedom you would enjoy along the way!

I love my freedom, not only as an American, but as an entrepreneur and small business owner.  I have the freedom to work as little or as much as I want.  I have the freedom to succeed – or to fail.  But even when I fail, I have the freedom for it to be just another stepping stone toward success.  I have the freedom to learn from my mistakes.

So, thanks to all the men and women who have gone before to pave the way for this great American freedom.  May we not squander it!

If you are building your business and striving for your freedom, click on Business Training Team to see if there’s anything I can do to help you along the way.