Pat shares his thoughts…
With Independence Day behind us, I am reminded of our founding fathers’ fight for independence for our nation. I am also reminded of my own entrepreneurial independence. I’ve been either on straight commission, a loan/draw against commission, or self employed since I was 15 years old. I moved out on my own when I was fifteen years old and my independent streak has never stopped growing. I believe very strongly in self reliance…and on the flip side, think very little of those who can take care of themselves, but still require others to support them - and then call it needed social justice.
That said, I encourage every parent to push their kids to do some sort of entrepreneurial small business before they graduate from high school. Whether it’s a lawn mowing service, a babysitting service, or as simple running a garage sale from start to finish. There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you take something from nothing and make your own money from it. Success (even the smallest amount) breeds self reliance.
One more thought, service breeds patriotism. Our country’s independence was won on the backs of people willing to die for your freedom. Those who have fought and survived for our country deserve our greatest respect. Let them be your role models, as you consider your own commitment to serve our country in some (even small) way in the coming months and years.
Over the land of the free and the home of the brave…In God we trust.
Happy Independence Day!
Another word for independence is freedom, and in order to obtain freedom you have to become self reliant. Hillary Clinton says it takes a village to raise your child and I guess I disagree with that. It takes parents who are willing to invest the time to teach their children skills and values and encourage them to spread their wings and fly when the time is right. My parents didn’t have the village mentality, either, but they did invest time, taught me to respect others, and strongly encouraged me to do the right thing. In fact if we didn’t do the right thing, my Dad was sure to help put us on the right track when he got home from work!
I have to say that their investment had a good return. All of us kids turned out well and have gone on to be strong contributors in the work force and passionate about helping those in need as well as great parents. With that in mind, I’d like to say “thanks!” to my Mom and Dad who taught me the value of hard work and independence.