What's your independence mean to you?
If you asked your average American, “What’s your independence mean to you?” I think you’d have an overwhelming majority of folks say, “a whole lot” or maybe even, “EVERYTHING!” when the real “American-ness” kicks in (that’s a word now guys). We have been told since we were babies about America’s fight for independence and how our country is about liberty and freedom. I love that about where we live, how we are as a culture, and how we view our identity as a country in many many ways. I just wish people actually lived that dream in their day to day lives!
I’m a small business owner, and I have helped many other small business owners start the “American Dream” of financial independence through business ownership. I see these people go from intimidated “owner wanna be’s” to full-blown investors who are diversifying their portfolios already. It’s such a rewarding feeling to see someone we helped get started to then flourish and find their independence!! They find independence from bosses, from the time clocks, from financial worries and from the feeling of making someone else a millionaire instead of themselves. Don’t get me wrong, there’s really hard work, self-sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears and, in the end, I can’t guarantee you’ll even be successful. But isn’t that precisely what America was founded on? That notion that if you work really hard, make smart choices and, admittedly, have a few strokes of luck, you’ll be an independent person making their way? I LOVE that culture we have built ourselves onto, and I hope you take this Fourth of July to think about if you’re living your best life. Are you independent from the rule of others, the clock or the wallet? If not, maybe it’s time to talk to a consultant about starting that journey forward.