As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, take a few minutes to pull your mind away from the groceries you need for the barbecue, or where you’re going to go to view the fireworks, and reflect upon the unique freedoms that we, as Americans, enjoy. Among them is the freedom to be an entrepreneur and run your own business, be it small, medium or large. eBay could only have been born in the USA, where we the people have been granted the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That includes writing our own definition of success, then going out and making it happen. Hurrah for the red, white and blue!
One day in 1989, while visiting China, I had a conversation with our tour guide. She was doing her best, but I could see she wasn’t happy with her job. She told me that she had majored in Engineering and earned the equivalent of a Master’s degree. But in China (at least back then), the government gave you a job; you had no choice. Some government worker decided that she would be a tour guide. So this Thanksgiving, let’s be thankful for the United States of America, where we entrepreneurially spirited folks can be all that we can be.
During this 4th of July holiday, remember the freedoms we enjoy today thanks to our forebears who fought for and won them. In some countries, you couldn’t start a business of your own. We are very fortunate to live in the United States of America, where entrepreneurship is not only welcomed, but rewarded. Enjoy the holiday…and never forget why we celebrate it!