Today is a day that is celebrated by millions of Americans throughout our country and around the world. Some show their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue. Others just show respect for the flag by flying it at their home or on their cars. Others take advantage of the freedom they have by doing absolutely nothing, or cooking out on the grill.
I like to take this time to think about how lucky I am for having had parents who thought enough about me to bring me to the United States when I was 4 years old so that my dad could make more money than he could doing the same jobs in Canada. At the time, welders were at a premium in the US. Many utility companies, wanting to take advantage of nuclear power generation, hired a lot of welders to put up their generating stations. Of course, a lot of the work was when they needed to meet certain objectives, so it was temporary. We moved a lot during that time.
When my dad had made a name for himself among the welders, many companies called him when they needed something done quickly and done right. It took only a few years before he had gotten a job with one of the country’s largest construction companies. Within another ten years, he became an engineer, and the moving around from place to place slowed down as he was assigned to longer term projects. My father and I became American Citizens in 1980, in the same ceremony. One of the proudest days I can remember.
That July 4th was even more special, as we could celebrate a nation that was able to take outsiders and make them one of their own. This year, being without my dad or my mom for the first time since my dad passed in 2013 and my mom in January, is more somber. But I am still very proud that I am an American and that this country enabled a small Canadian family to come here and become citizens and build a life together.
I am also proud because with the help of my lovely wife, Yvonne, I have been able to be an entrepreneur in this great country. With that accomplishment, we can contribute to the economy and help the charities we choose to help – without fearing government retribution.
But enough about me and my life. What about yours?
Are you building the dream? If you live in the USA, you should be thankful that you can still dream big dreams and build your own business without the shackles that many countries put on their entrepreneurs. If you have a business, but are not getting the results that you had hoped for, find someone to help you. A lot of people are willing to help you.
Join a Facebook group, a mastermind or a coaching program from someone who is already successful.
But wait until Monday to do that, because your grill is waiting.