7/2/11

Freedom

What a wonderful country we live in! We are blessed with so many freedoms and opportunities that people living in many parts of the world can only dream about. These freedoms have a long trail stained in blood, sweat, tears, and fear. There are bridges on the trail where challenges were conquered. Communities born in the fertile soils, built with abundant resources drove commerce and industry. None of this would have been possible without leaders willing to take risks and responsibility.

As you celebrate the freedoms you enjoy this weekend, take a couple of minutes to think about the correlated responsibilities and the impact they have on your business, your customers and the people affiliated with your company. You can buy the title of owner, be assigned the title of boss but you must earn the title of leader. It is the leader who makes a difference.

If you own your company, you have the freedom to choose what business you will be in, how you will run that business and who you impact with your business. These freedoms also bring the responsibility of making good decisions, creating structure, maximizing entrepreneurial opportunity and personal responsibility in the way you execute your work. The measures and rewards are not only success, loyalty and trust but perhaps most importantly, the desire of others to follow and emulate you.

This weekend, as we celebrate the independence of our country, the freedoms we enjoy and all of the fun the holiday will bring, we also celebrate leaders. Choose to be a leader worthy of followers and continue the building of opportunity and freedom as a legacy that those who follow you will celebrate.

Have a wonderful celebration this weekend.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

From Captain Jim Porter - USN retired in a message with permission to post. I will stand up and salute opportunity, leadership, and the freedom to choose what is right. Those serving in the cloth our country continue to protect our freedoms, just as the Patriots did in 1776. But, it is the entrepreneur who innovates, risks and works their butts off using their protected freedoms , that creates jobs and the good life we enjoy. I agree with you, Pat. Happy Birthday USA! It is still great to be an American. And to those politicians who say America is past her prime, I say nuts! The new energy and ideas of each generation moves us beyond what the old generation believes is possible. This is still the land of opportunity for those who are smart enough and are willing to work hard enough to achieve wealth and prosperity for themselves and our nation. The American Dream is alive in 2011. Happy 4th

Pat Soltys said...

Thank you Jim, you had a wonderful inpact on all of the lives if the JROTC students you touched and the leadership you have helped to build.

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