Today, on its 241st birthday, the United States of America is a completely different place than any of our founding fathers might have ever imagined. Back in 1776 on this day, the world was just beginning to expand for America, stepping outside of the shadow of Britain and King George III to develop their very own path to independence. That path included political freedom and economic freedom that ultimately links to what financial freedom is all about!
When you seriously think about the road that we have traveled over the past two centuries (I’m a history major so I can’t help doing that), you will see the sacrifices that were made over and over again by people who started this great experiment in “freedom”. They have kept that process alive over every generation. It makes us proud to be a part of that process.
Today, the world is much bigger than it was back in 1776. Everything that happens is globally linked and that means not only things that affect our politics, finances, and civil rights, but even more, like whether we will have clean air and water and how our environment and climate is changing. This can ultimately put the human race’s survival at issue.
Goals and Challenges
The goals of most of us are fairly simple and consistent. We want life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness just as it was written in our Declaration of Independence. The big difference today from back in 1776 is that the roadblocks we face in obtaining those goals are in every corner of the planet. All are serious threats to any group of people who just want the ability to be free and have quality in their lives.
So as you enjoy this Independence Day today, please think about all of those who came before us and how they met the challenges they faced. We are dealing certainly with more complex overall threats to our personal and financial freedoms today that is true, but essentially we are still dealing with the same fundamental problems.
In order to achieve your life goals, you still have to work hard and plan properly. You need to have the ability to overcome and persevere no matter what you face. That has been done over and over again by millions of Americans in every era of our country. We all have to “do the right thing” (with apologies to Spike Lee) in order to achieve our goals and that will never change.
Achieving Financial Freedom
Learn all you can about your financial rights and resources. Don’t make assumptions about your finances and just hope that everything works out for you and your family. Always plan and re-evaluate your plans to make sure that adjustments are made when they are necessary. Don’t you think that’s what the founding fathers did back in the day?
Most of us have little or no influence on world affairs although all of us do have the potential to be an influencer if we put our minds to that. But, what all of us actually have is the ability to shape our own financial futures if we simply make the effort. While we all don’t start on a level playing field, using a hard work ethic, getting a good education, thinking outside the box, and making goals and plans are basics in accomplishing financial independence. If you succeed with those elements, financial freedom is within your grasp.
From me to you, have a great 4th of July and make the celebration a symbol of your financial freedom plan!