For being your own boss,
For creating the life you love,
Above the nine-to-five.
God shed his grace on thee.
And crown thy good.
From sea to shining sea.
Today I celebrate you, and your independence as an entrepreneur.
We celebrate independence as a country, but it is so far removed from our lives.
But it isn’t really removed from your life.
You live it every day.
There is independence in forging out on your own.
When you are an entrepreneur, you fight toward independence every single day.
You fight to be original.
And to be the best you can be.
In the face of scorn and competition…
Sometimes without any support from the people around you.
And like the forefathers of our country, we entrepreneurs couldn’t live any other way.
We couldn’t fit into the box of a regular nine-to-five job.
It is like the kiss of death to our personalities.
The idea of working for someone else or in a corporate environment is spirit-killing.
So we muster up our courage and take that step in the face of all the things that could go wrong.
Pushing aside all the fear.
To live our dreams.
And change the world.
You are a patriot among us.
Someone to be admired and acknowledged.
So today, I salute you.
Please, take a moment today, and acknowledge the amazing things you have done.
It is time for your personal declaration of independence.
Until then…stay passionate!