Happy Birthday America! In honor of Independence Day, along with your hot dogs and fireworks, take a moment to reflect on these important success traits of the Founding Fathers. We’re independent today because a handful of visionaries dared to make history. Bring their success habits into your own life. Imagine what amazing things might happen.
Nothing significant is ever achieved without a big dream. There’s nothing much bigger than revolting against the Crown. The Founding Fathers declared independence, and then created a system of government that the world had never seen before.
How big are your dreams? Is there something you really want to do? Start doing it. We regret most the things we don’t do. Take a chance and stretch just a little bit more.
Do what’s right
The Founding Fathers could have done nothing. They had cushy lives themselves. They chose to speak up and to act because they decided that living under the oppression of the king could no longer be tolerated. That choice risked their lives because they were regarded as traitors in the true definition of the word. They did it anyway because it was the right thing to do.
You will probably never have to make a life-threatening choice like the Founding Fathers. You may face a situations where the right thing to do is to defend someone or to blow the whistle on an unethical practice when it puts you at risk of losing friendships or your job. Have the courage to commit to a life of integrity and always do the right thing.
The Revolutionary War did not always go well for us. The troops suffered severe hunger and cold. If you’ve never visited Valley Forge, put it on your list. It’s an emotional experience to see the re-creations of the tiny log huts with bare floors where the soldiers lived out that terrible winter. Many didn’t have shoes. The Americans won independence through sacrifice and perseverance.
We don’t face those kinds of obstacles or physical suffering, but perseverance is still one of the most important habits of success. Only one thing ensures you won’t meet your goal. That’s quitting.
Be willing to change
The Founding Fathers had the wisdom to imagine that the future would be different than the time in which they lived. They included in the Constitution the ability to amend it. After all, at the time of the Constitution, we had slavery, and women couldn’t vote.
How flexible are you in your life? How wiling are you to learn new things? How willing are you to shift your views and beliefs as the world around you changes? Successful people are curious, constantly learning new things, and able to change their opinions as new information emerges.
As you celebrate this holiday, do spend a moment in gratitude to the Founding Fathers and all of the men and women who fought and died so we could gain independence. Since this is an election year, honor them by making sure you exercise your hard-won right to vote.
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