When the United States of America was founded by those who went before us, an enormous entrepreneurial experiment began. Massive risks were taken by the men who declared their independence from those who sought to oppress them, and those of us who are business owners understand what that’s like. Now, the stakes are a bit different — very little blood is shed over a startup business these days — but the risks are real and very scary at times. It can feel like life-or-death more often than any of us would like to admit. So, as we approach America’s Independence Day, I’d like America’s small business owners to know that their ingenuity, hard work, sacrifices, and determination to succeed are appreciated and admirable.
However, did you know that Independence Day was technically yesterday? I wrote about this a couple years ago, but I just find it fascinating and must re-share. The Second Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Britain on July 2nd, 1776, and John Adams (our second President) had this to say about it:
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
History has proved him wrong (partially), because the Declaration of Independence (the document) wasn’t approved and signed until the 4th, and that’s the day on which we celebrate. That bit of trivia doesn’t make Adams’s words any less inspiring, though, and I still can’t read them without getting chills. And now you have something to impress your friends with at your grill-out tomorrow.
I hope you and your friends and family have a wonderful Fourth of July. Be safe and take care.
Dedicated to Your Continued Success,