I hope that you enjoyed the holiday weekend with friends and family (and with grilling and parades)! As usual, people spent a lot of time celebrating our “freedom”. Even though it’s one the things I love most about this country, I think there’s something we need to talk about just as much: the responsibility that must accompany freedom.
I’ve had a relatively nontraditional career; I figured once that I’ve only been a salaried “employee” for 11 months of my adult life. From my start selling Cutco Cutlery to the last 10 years with RockStar, I’ve had a level of freedom in my career that many envy. I’ve been lucky to have flexibility and choice in what I do and how I work.
But I’m quick to remind people that freedom is inextricably linked to discipline and responsibility. Since I work for myself, I have the opportunity to stay in bed all day or work my tail off or anything in-between. Making the right long-term decisions requires effort, and a lot of work goes into that freedom. And it’s the same for the freedoms that we enjoy politically – we have to make the effort to be engaged and informed.
Whether you are trying to start a business or participate in a democracy, remember that the amount of freedom you have will be directly tied to the responsibility you are willing to embrace.