The thought of Independence Day brings to mind the political environment, economic challenges we have been experiencing for the past few years… as well as personal family challenges for me. Many of us go through our lives, day to day, thinking that our only recourse is to put our heads down, one foot in front of the other, and persevere. It is easy to fall into this rut and believe it is the proper course, the only way to go, and all we have to hope for in the future.

I say NO.  “Action is the active ingredient that transforms goals into reality!” Let us never forget that in this great country, The United Staes of America, we can always improve the situation in which we live, make a better life for ourselves and the ones we love, and effect/fight for change even when the odds are against such change. Being courageous enough to act on your goals/desires/needs to make a better life, better widget, better business and/or better country and world, is the first and most crucial step in making your goals into reality.

I experience this reality each and every day in business and, more importantly, personally. I am 59 years old, have had wins and losses in business, and know that the game is far from over. There is huge opportunity presenting itself today in this new social media, and connectivity, empowered world… I have been fortunate enough to benefit from, and make it work for me, enable that desperately needed win, and create something to hold onto going forward. YOU CAN DO THE SAME

Create a mindset that keeps you determined to not let it pass you by, and allows you to take advantage of the daily opportunity to be more, create more, and connect with anyone and everyone. Welcome to the ‘Age of Influence,’ where anyone can build an audience and effect change, advocate brands, build relationships, and make a difference… 24/7.

In addition I have faced serious challenges in my personal life that many would walk away from, as I have been told over and over by those who would and many who have seen those who do; but I am determined to have a positive effect on the lives of my daughters, and participate any way I can (even if only vicariously from afar) and continue to face those challenges head-on each and every day… even when they get worse, instead of better. Although this is exhausting mentally and physically, I do not bow in the face of the onslaught and odds that have been against me from the start. I have changed my attitude and expectations, stay present, never lose my cool, am ALWAYS there and available, and let them know every day (with my words and actions) I will always love them and will never give up… NO MATTER WHAT! #ThisDadWontQuit

Therefore in the face of all these financial and personal challenges we all face… I declare MY PERSONAL “Independence” and you need to do the same! #NoLetUp!


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