Articles Tagged ‘Freedom’

The Fight for Independence Continues…

Monday, July 9th, 2012

ScottManning

July 4th certainly is one of the most sacred days of the year, for it’s this one day, what it represents that makes all the other ones possible.

I’m sure many people would write down different definitions of “freedom” and “independence” and what these things mean to them…I’d ask you to think about this today, to talk to others, especially your children.

Many sacrifices were made, the greatest of them all, by our founding fathers to pave
the way for the life we all know “in America” now. Of course, this struggle
continues day by day, decisions by decisions, in many cases not just with others
“outside” but from within the borders of our own great country we fight to maintain
our liberties.

And, that my friends is the key message I have for you today – you must fight also.

Really, it’s as simple as that. Independence is not kept by being passive.

In your daily challenges in life and business you also battle against the forces
that try to limit your independence. Entrepreneurship in and of itself is war of
independence with yourself and all that is around you. Life, well, no need to
elaborate there.

The bottom line is it’s not just about having independence, it’s about “being”
independent and what you “do” with it. For me, its about being self-reliant, about
choices, about owning, accepting, appreciating the responsibilities of the things
you want for yourself and others.

I use that word intentionally, responsibilities, because as you know, nothing was
guaranteed except “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Hey, there’s magic
in that word and it gives you the secret to live…pursuit.

What are you pursuing today…

How are you celebrating your independence?

Let not the sacrifices of others go in vain, stand proud as an American.

As a kid I always loved “standing up” and sing that song…
“I’m Proud to Be An American, for at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the
men who died to give this right to me, and I’ll gladly stand up, next to you and
defend her still today, for ain’t no doubt I love this land, God Bless the USA.”

You stand up by taking initiative, being ambitious, continuing the American Dream.

By taking responsibility, by being independent.

Remember all was risked for all to be gained. That’s what brought about our
independence and what will bring about yours throughout your life. Whether in
business or life, as an entrepreneur and an American, you are free to choose the
life you want to live.

My challenge to you is, to “stand up”, take a leap of faith, pursue the life of your
dreams and accept nothing less than all you can achieve, all that you deserve.

Scott Manning, President – Manning Methods, LLC. Contact by phone 317 407-3382 or email sj@manningmethods.com

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Starting Your Own Business – When You Get the Ah-Ha Moment

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Cindy1

Each day when you drive to work, do you have a feeling of restlessness? Or maybe it’s just feeling unsettled or uncomfortable. And while at work, does every little thing frustrate you? Sometimes these feelings are mental, sometimes physical and sometimes both.

When you feel this way, it’s time to sit down and assess your life. If these feelings seem to center around work, it’s time to figure out what’s bugging you. You might just determine that you’re ready to be on your own, to leave the world of working for someone else and start our own business. And when the time is right, the ah-ha! moment will be there to give you the courage to move forward.

So, how do you know when it’s the right time? Often it’s a process, and here are 4 questions to ask yourself. If you can honestly give the answers you’re looking for, you’ll be at the ah-ha moment soon!

1. Do I have the skills and knowledge to run my own business? – You have worked for years for others. Frequently you question if you could do a better job than they are doing. Sometimes you know you can. All their decisions appear to be wrong, they don’t value you or your knowledge but you are aware that your contribution has a lot to do with where they are today. You have worked long enough and have learned a lot by watching, doing and contributing to another person’s success.

2. What’s bothering me? You finally realize, after all the restlessness and frustration you feel, that this is who you really are – entrepreneur/business owner. You want to have control of your life. No more working for “the man” and being told when to work, where to work and how to do your work.

3. What would I do? You have skills that can transfer to your own business. Now, consider your passion – something you would do for free if you didn’t need the money. That’s what you do – build your business around that passion.

4. Is now the right time? When you have the ability to deal with the risk, the belief in yourself and the confidence in your success – it’s the right time. Don’t wait for the opportunity to show up; create the opportunity. I’ve spoken to many entrepreneurs, and most say that after they’ve done their due diligence (answered these questions), they still didn’t jump immediately. There was an event, a meeting, a comment – something that made them get the ah-ha. Some were monumental, like a job loss and others just a slight tap on the shoulder (arriving home late for dinner just one too many evenings), but when that ah-ha moment hit, they were ready. They were in control and they said goodbye to their “secure” job and entered the world of entrepreneurship.

None that I know have looked back with regret.

Cindy Hartman
Hartman Inventory, LLC
317-501-6818
cindy@hartmaninventory.com

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