In America, every Fourth Of July, we remember and celebrate an experiment in freedom.
It is an experiment that continues to change the world, based on the gamble that people govern best when they govern themselves.
Here in the states, we watch fireworks, eat too much food, get a day off from work or school, and we throw around words like “freedom” and “revolution.”
We celebrate those words, because we fought so hard for them, and we attempt to remember how we achieved them. Rarely, however, do we discuss words like “sacrifice” or “responsibility,” but we may want to start.
I often think about the risk it took for people to leave their homes and come to the New World. There were no airplanes, no computers, no internet, and no machinery. They spent months on a ship, where many of them died, and then they settled a land with no guarantees if they would thrive or starve. When settlers left to come here, they had nothing, but risked everything.
And, I think about those who fought for independence.
They knew that they might die fighting for their freedom, but they fought anyway. They felt a “responsibility” for establishing freedom and made the ultimate “sacrifice.”
Struggle and incredible sacrifice built the foundation of the United States of America and we owe our predecessors a great deal for all they endured for the chance to be free.
They had no security, no guarantees, and no safety nets. They only had the chance to create the lives that they wanted.
Today, you also have the opportunity to create the life you want!
And, you don’t have to cross the Atlantic in order to live that life. You don’t have to build a house on unsettled lands, and you don’t require a Squanto. You don’t need to fight off cholera or wild animals, either. The only animal that you have to face is your own temptation to run to safety and comfort.
Because of our incredible abundance, there is a trend today of choosing “comfortable” over the living the life that you really desire. We fantasize about comfort like it is the end goal; we subsidize poverty, live on credit, and bail out those who fail, and this is how we get through hard times.
But our grand experiment was never built on the idea of being comfortable or having an easy life; we were founded on the idea of creating life by our own means.
Those who fought for freedom had no safety, and they had no guarantees, but they changed the world. Because of them, we now live in a world where anything is possible.
Far be it from us to choose comfort over our freedom.
So on this 4th of July, consider these questions:
Are you defending your morals and values as strongly as they defended theirs?
Are you standing for something, or are you running for safety?
Are you representing the change that you want to see in the world?
Are you fighting as hard for your dream as the American founders fought for freedom?
Remember, you have more opportunity than anyone else in history. You can contact anyone with the push of button, travel anywhere, and do anything that you’ve ever wanted. Be conscious of that, and do not squander it; many men have fought for you to have this incredible abundance.
Today, you will hear the fireworks, you will eat a hot dog, and you will hug your cousins. As you do, remember that you dream is possible.
All it takes is for you to fight for it as hard as your predecessors fought for you to have the opportunity.
Ryan’s motto is “live life to the fullest.” And, he certainly lives up to the challenge.
As a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan University, Ryan started a small internet business from his dorm room to help pay his tuition . . . and by the age of 20, he was earning a 6-figure income and other online ventures – all while continuing to study full time. Needless to say, Ryan’s “side business” allowed him to graduate debt free – with a nice chunk of change left over.
After college, Ryan expanded his online business and set out to see the world. His next big adventure? Inspiring others to live free lives and create their own destinies . . . just like he had.
With that vision in mind, Ryan created the Freedom Publishing Group LLC, which offers life-changing products in the financial freedom, health and fitness, and self-development spaces. The Freedom Fast Lane is a group of likeminded entrepreneurs who have a passion for sharing their skills to help others succeed in achieving their dreams.
Ryan is a world traveler, an avid Cleveland Indians fan, and a big fan of freedom.