First, let me wish each and every one of you a Happy 4th of July. I encourage you to take a moment and send out a prayer to the past, present, and future service men and women that protect our freedom each and every day.
I wanted to take just a moment to talk about the idea of independence.
For me when I think about the United States gaining it’s freedom from Britain, I tend to think about the Revolutionary War and the battles that were fought. My thoughts don’t tend to drift back to the statement of freedom that was made and that started the war via the Declaration of Independence.
True independence was realized at that moment. Not after the war was won.
How can I say that? Because, making the decision to declare the country’s separation from Britain had to have been the hardest part. Once notice was served there was no going back.
So, let’s tie this back to entrepreneurship for a moment.
Your independence as a business owner doesn’t begin with your first self employed check. It doesn’t begin with your first paying customer. It begins with your declaration that you will no longer be an employee.
The struggle I see so many entrepreneurs deal with is having the attitude of “no turning back”. Too many times we (and I am including myself here) start down the path of launching a new venture, only to turn back when things get tough. Couple this attitude with lack of proper planning and execution and you have a recipe for disaster.
What will you do today to proclaim your independence? What steps will you put in place to ensure you are on the right path? A path of no return.