With the approach of the 4th of July we get excited to enjoy barbecues and fireworks with our family. It is a celebration of the Hope of America.
At Griffin Hill, we talk about the Hope of America in terms of the spirit of entrepreneurship. Early on, a Frenchman arrived in America to find out what made the new nation tick. He articulated beautifully that the thing that makes America great is the tools it provides to its citizens to succeed and reach whatever dreams they may have. On July 4th we find reason to think back to the original events in 1776 that gave America independence. On that day congress looked at the Declaration of Independence and finally approved its language and wording. (1)
But is the Hope of America changing? Over the years we have continued to celebrate our independence, but the Hope of America is fundamentally centered on action. The desire to act, to be innovative, to be creative, and to be willing to work has tended to diminish in the hearts of American citizens. It was the action of the Founding Fathers that allowed us to get to a state of independence, not just wishful thinking. Action takes courage – it takes effort – it takes personal willpower. It is action that builds America’s Hope and continues the spirit of Entrepreneurship.
In a world where it can be much easier to comment on events from the bleachers of social media and waste away time in meaningless “to-do’s”, it is becoming increasingly important to take action.
America still has all of the tools necessary to achieve any dream; that is something that hasn’t changed. All that is required to reach those high peaks is personal will and action. Those actions may start small, but taking that first step is important.
As you celebrate the Hope of America this July 4th take a look at your dreams, your tools, and commit to action. Then do it.