"I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth."
--- John Adams
This Sunday is Independence Day or the Fourth of July here in the United States. It is a holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
If you do an in-depth reading of history you will find that the Declaration was actually signed on August 2nd, 1776 and that the first recorded use of the term "Independence Day," wasn't until 1791. However, the reason for the celebration doesn't change. It celebrates a persistent people seeking independence through courage, perseverance, strength, and wisdom.
"We aren't engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God's children. And that we don't have to live like we are forced to live."
--- Martin Luther King Jr.
We are past the halfway point in the year and we are celebrating independence. What a great time of year to engage or re-engage our efforts toward our business. Recalling the resolve and resilience of our founding fathers is great inspiration.
There are some spineless factions in our society that are bent on removing the backbones of others so that they don't feel lonely. They insist on diluting the strength that this nation was built on. They can bring you down as well, but don't let this happen. While we are not taking up arms to defend the independence of a nation, we can defend the rights of small businesses. To do this we must get educated on small business laws, including employment laws; we can vote out of office representatives unfriendly to the business person; and we can become determined, dogmatic, and apply true grit to work smarter and harder and with integrity.
"For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer."
--- Arnold Schwarzenegger
When you get to the point where you just won't take it anymore, that is when things begin to change. That is what happened back in the late 1700s. They got ticked! Most of us are at that point now. If you're not, remind yourself to never settle for what the government dictates in regards to running our business. Stick to your guns and learn how to gain more freedom.
"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
--- Vince Lombardi
Decide this month to learn about what is happening in your community in regards to laws and regulations that affect your business. You can make a difference and you do have a voice. Think weird and outside the box. Forget for a moment your political affiliation, get the facts, and fight for what is right. And…
Have a great Independence Day Celebration!
"I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action."
--- Napoleon Hill
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"Honk if You Love Jesus! Text While Driving if You Want to Meet Him!"
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"Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty"
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"Shoes are required to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat any place they want"
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