I don’t know about you, but with all that’s happened over the last 18 months I’m more sentimental - if that’s the right word to use - about this weekend and this holiday than in the past.
As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day, it's important to remember that as entrepreneurs (and as Wealthy Contractors) our highest ideal is freedom. The freedom to be, to do and to have what we want from what we create and earn, from the value we create.
However, in too many cases we go into business for more freedom but we end up with less.
People don’t always realize that a business has a dangerous tendency of taking on a life of its own. If you’re not careful, the entity that you gave life to and kept alive with your blood, sweat and tears, will turn on you and trap you.
Your business will make you its servant, while it becomes the master.
We strive to make more money and take more time off so we can have control of our lives. But your business pushes back. Your customer pushes back. Your staff push back.
Even your own internal programming pushes back.
So many of the business owners I talk to are stuck in an endless cycle of erratic or inconsistent profitability. So many are stuck in the idea that they have to do all the work. So many are stuck on the idea that one day things will be different.
Fortunately or unfortunately - depending on how you view it - this is caused by our own thinking and our own beliefs.
I say it's fortunate because we can change our thinking and our beliefs. And if you aren’t making the money you want or experiencing the other freedoms you strive for, you can change what you think, what you believe and what you do.
I say it all the time, after nearly 30 years of being in business for myself, I know that success is more about mindset than it is about skillset.
You, my friend - you have chosen a life of uncertainty, risk and discomfort.
But you have a vision.
You have a dream of a life that’s bigger than the one you have today.
That is a unique trait among successful entrepreneurs, the constant striving to be better, to do more, to have more.
We don’t dwell on the past, and we’re optimistic about the future. It's in your entrepreneurial DNA - you are resilient, you have drive, determination and will. You have no choice but to keep moving forward.
The majority of people do everything they can to avoid those things, but not us. Because we know that the only way to get more freedom in life is through risk and uncertainty.
Now, I’ll tell you this - in order for you to truly create the freedoms you desire in your life you must first be absolutely clear about what it is you want. And then, you MUST take 100% responsibility for every result and every outcome in your life. In my book, The 7 Secrets to Becoming a Wealthy Contractor, these 2 concepts are so fundamental, so important, I made them Secrets 1 and 2.
Every Wealthy Contractor I know understands that good, bad or ugly, we create our reality.
Only when you accept the fact that you are the creator of your reality, can you ever be free.
Because, in every moment you have a choice… if you aren’t getting the results you want, you can change what you think, what you believe and what you do.
The minute you allow yourself to make an excuse or place blame on someone or something else, you have abdicated control of your life to something that is generally out of your control.
Last week I was in Washington DC and got to visit Mount Vernon - the home of George Washington. Admittedly, I never really realized what an absolutely fascinating (and flawed) man Washington was. As I was touring through the property and the 2 museums on site I was just in awe of just how different life was back then and what the people of his day had to go through to earn their freedom.
I believe our founding fathers were some of the bravest people in all of history. Washington, by the way, was a badass. They came to a foreign land, built communities, commerce and a new form of government. It wasn’t easy.
They had to fight, they had to suffer themselves and create suffering for others and they had to die in order for us to have the freedoms that we enjoy today.
The government they created was about allowing its citizens to be FREE. In fact, in the Declaration of Independence we know they said:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
They said that Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are unalienable, or inalienable RIGHTS (by the way, I had to look up unalienable just to make sure I knew the right definition - it means; unable to be taken away from).
They set out to create a place where every citizen had the right to live and pursue their own version of happiness, without the fear of these rights being taken away by the government.
The reality of it is we do live in a land that affords us an abundance of opportunity every single day. I think as entrepreneurs we understand more than most how fortunate we are to stand on this sacred ground. There is nowhere in the world like the United States of America and I believe the founding fathers would be proud of us entrepreneurs.
While some dream about success, and others shit on those that are successful, us entrepreneurs - we get up and we go to work.
We solve our customers’ problems, and in turn, they pay us. Ideally, that exchange is a profitable one, and we turn that profit into wealth.
With that profit and wealth we create jobs and opportunities for others through our vision and our determination.
When we provide those opportunities to others, we don’t care where they’re from, what color they are or which god (if any) they pray to - if they share our vision of service, hard work and dedication to the customer and each other, we welcome them with open arms.
As entrepreneurs (and as Wealthy Contractors) we do this without the luxury of excuses or placing blame when things don’t work out as we intended, and certainly without waiting for something to be handed to us.
We get up and we go to work - Every. Single. Day. and we love it.
On this Independence Day weekend I hope you are taking a little time off to rest, relax, have fun, recharge and spend time with those you love. I hope you’ll also remind yourself of why you went into business for yourself in the first place, and what freedom really means to you.
Next week it’s back to work, and I just wanted you to know how grateful I am for you, for your hard work, for the value you bring to your customers and your community, and I appreciate you being a part of our Wealthy Contractor community.
I hope your business is affording you the freedoms you intended. I hope you’re making the money you want to make, and that you get to spend your time the way you choose to with those you love the most.
Dedicated To YOUR Success,
The Wealthy Contractor Inc.
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