The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave

I served this country in the SeaBees. It wasn’t easy (although anything worth doing isn’t always easy) but it was my privilege and honor to serve and I count myself fortunate to have had the experience.

I love this country. One of the reasons I love it is because it’s an entrepreneurial paradise. This country was founded by people who didn’t want to be born into careers and social classes but wanted to choose their own way and blaze their own path in this world. That’s the true spirit of the entrepreneur, to embrace the freedom given to each citizen and to use that freedom to make something of yourself.

Chances are, if you are a real estate entrepreneur, you totally agree with this sentiment—that the freedom we have in America to choose our own destiny makes it an inspiring and exciting place to be an entrepreneur.

We are FREE to wake up one morning, walk into our boss’ office and quit, and then go out and build a business empire of our own… One that will provide for us and our family and leave a legacy for generations to come.

But did you notice something else about the line from our anthem that I used as the title for this blog? We are “the land of the free” but we’re also…

“… the home of the brave.”

Being an entrepreneur requires bravery. It requires guts. It requires courage. Because there feels like safety in a job and a predictable paycheck compared to the potential insecurity of entrepreneurship. It requires that you step outside of your comfort zone and try new things and put yourself out there and, yes, even take on a reasonable amount of risk to achieve your goals.

Are you free? Are you brave?

The truth is, many people in the country right now are choosing to NOT be free and to NOT be brave. They are choosing a job, which is definitely not free; and which feels safer and more secure. And there are many reasons why you might want to have a job, and I’m not here to criticize those who aspire to work at a job. BUT, I do want to highlight a few things…

  • Having a job feels safe but it is not necessarily safe. People lose their jobs all the time.
  • Having a job feels secure but it’s not very free: you can’t show up when you choose and there are limits to what you can achieve.
  • There’s nothing wrong with having a job if that’s what you aspire to do (such as my “job” when I was in the SeaBees; that was my focus at the time). However, if you aspire to be an entrepreneur but you stay in your job because of the safety of a paycheck, well, I do have a problem with that. It’s time to seriously consider how to exit your job and start being an entrepreneur.

Choosing to be an entrepreneur isn’t a guarantee of success. But it does mean that you can create your own path and there are no limits to how high you can climb.

I love this country and I love being an entrepreneur. If you want to be an entrepreneur, you live in the right place to do it. Are you free and brave?

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