“Most of us have two lives. The life we live and the unlived life within us.”
—Stephen Pressfield, American author
According to USA Today, the first newspaper printing (dated July 6, 1776) of the Declaration of Independence will be auctioned off next Tuesday.
The Declaration of Independence, of course, documents the United States’ reasons for declaring freedom from Britain. It states that all men have certain rights…and that should the government become destructive of these rights, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.
I’ve heard of business owners creating their own “Declaration of Independence” stating what they believe their business should provide for them…
Wealth is the most obvious thing.
But obviously there’s more to it than that…
People want a business that holds their interest. A business that keeps you involved and gives you an opportunity to keep getting better at what you do.
A business that gives you a sense of accomplishment…a feeling that you are making a difference …and brings you satisfaction and happiness.
But the number one “Declaration of Independence item” people say they want from their business?
Wouldn’t you agree?
You want the freedom to do as you please, work with who you want, when you want and where you want…and to have the financial security that lets you do that.
But what often happens is that business owners, even if they declare freedom as their number one goal, end up burning the candle at both ends. They work long and hard like a dog and even if the accomplishment, the being in charge, the making a difference, the money is there …all of it…the freedom is missing.
So the #1 thing they set out to accomplish is absent. And they’re afraid to change anything because they are afraid of risking what they mistake as “security.” The truth is, if you are doing all the work, or are very closely tied to it, then you don’t really have security.
Because what happens if you can’t do the work? What happens if you get sick? Or need to take time off to help family and you aren’t available to do all the work? Then what?
What happens if regulations change causing changes to your business? Then what?
Or what if your products or services become antiquated? Then what?
In the movie, The Internship, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s characters find themselves out of work when the watch company they work for closes. The owner says no one buys watches anymore, they use their cell phones to see what time it is. The product became outdated.
That’s why if you are in business to get more out of life and experience true security and freedom, you have to create and design your own declaration of independence correctly. Because if you don’t, you’ll work hard, grow your business and end up a slave to your own business and any significant amount of time off will cause your business to fail. Or things will change and you’ll need to figure out how to change with the times.
While hard work is admirable and needed to grow a business, it’s not what gives you security and freedom.
What you really need to be clear on is understanding what you really want and what it truly takes to create that.
I’ve seen people wait to do this—wait until they lose their business or their health fails or their family falls apart, and that’s when they seek changes—out of desperation and when their back is up against the wall.
I’ve written about this great financial secret and the best way I know to avoid this before, but the short answer is that you must break free from the work-money dependency link. You must have the ability to manifest money. Because being able to create money at will, gives you real security. And having real security creates true independence, freedom from worry and freedom from financial struggles.
The newspaper print of the first Declaration of Independence is estimated to sell for $750,000. How much is gaining your independence worth to you?