Like many of you reading this, I spent last weekend celebrating the 4th of July with my friends and family. For those of you not in the States, this is a holiday where we celebrate our independence from England way back in 1776. No hard feelings to my English friends 🙂
As I played with my kids, ran through sprinklers, had picnics, took naps, and generally relished in the summer days there was a continuing thought that crossed my mind.
It sort of meandered in and out of my consciousness. It would show up in between conversations with family, while lying on the couch about to fall asleep, and while watching my oldest son see fireworks for the first time.
The Question Was This:
What Does Freedom Mean to Me?
I feel strongly that we are made up of the choices we make in life. The good ones and the bad ones.
The more I thought about this question the more clear the answer became. Freedom is doing what I want. Period.
I started my own business to support the lifestyle that I wanted.
My business is what gives me the freedom to drop off and pick up my kids every day. It’s what allows me to be at every doctor’s appointment and teacher conference.
My business is what allows me to travel the world. It’s what allows me the ability to be a foster parent. My business is what allows me to meet interesting people, like you, and have conversations that I love.
My business allows me to take off on a random Friday and go tubing down a lazy river with my wife. My business allows me the freedom I am looking for.
But not all businesses give this freedom. In fact most entrepreneurs that I know are struggling. They’re struggling to either:
A) make a profit
B) work less hours
C) all of the above
And that’s ok. All businesses go through an awkward time when things just really aren’t working. The issue though is most businesses get stuck in this rut until something breaks – either your bank account or you personally.
Your business should support the life you want to live. You should have enough time for your family, your friends, your hobbies, your workout routine, your personal time, etc.
This email serves a single purpose… to remind you that life goes by in a flash. Build a business that serves your life – that is true freedom.
So what does freedom mean to you? Let me know in the comments below. Don’t be shy… taking a small step like leaving a comment is part of being bold.
Stay Focused. Stay Passionate.
PS – Members of The Coffey Club just received an email with interview I did with a great guy named Bruce W., who has worked with start-ups to pre-public companies.
The 40-minute interview gave some absolutely amazing strategy on how to grow a business while working less hours. It also revealed the fastest way to get your life and business goals aligned. Here is the interview.
The Coffey Club has not yet officially launched (only VIP members were given access). If you’d like to know more about The Coffey Club or get on the wait list please email me.