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 America stands for – freedom, independence, equality, opportunity. It's also a terrific reminder of what makes America a wonderful place for entrepreneurs – we nurture freedom and respect and value differences.

As a entrepreneurs, I need freedom to flourish. But I not only need it for myself, but we need it as a society. A society that allows – even encourages – diversity and difference is a society that is most likely to be inventive, resourceful and entrepreneurial.

Think about it. If we're all the same, we can't create our own way. In a world of rapid change, it's more important than ever for us to be taught to think independently and value creativity if we're going to be able to compete economically. Many people understand why it's important to limit government regulation – but it's just as important – perhaps even more so – to truly embrace social diversity.Just because someone is different doesn't mean he or she doesn't have a lot to contribute.

America has prospered economically because our society has allowed each of us the freedom to be different. America thrives when we tolerate — even celebrate — those who do not follow the crowd, who forge a new or different path. Never forget: the United States has a creative business climate because we also have a tolerant social climate. The two are intertwined.

In other societies where you are not permitted to behave differently or pray differently, it soon becomes difficult to think differently. If you can't "think outside the box," Then how do we create?

This holiday, I'll reflect on the freedoms I enjoy as an American. I'll consider how these freedoms have enabled me to create my own business and also my ideas. I don't have to think the same as others or be the same as others to succeed.

That is what freedom is to me! What is freedom to you?




Sandra White
John L Scott Real Estate - Port Townsend, WA
Experienced Residential Resale Broker

Freedom is the right to be able to flourish or flounder on my own.  Working hard and reaping the rewards and keeping a good portion of it.  Sleeping soundly at night, not fearing attack from criminals or terrorists.  Church of my choice or none, and schools without an agenda.  I could go on and on.  There is a lot to think about in your question.  Thanks for asking it.

Jul 03, 2009 04:35 PM
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!


It had a different meaning in the past...not sure now... I pray for our safety as US citizens.

Jul 03, 2009 05:05 PM
Kevin & Cindy Kenagy
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Salem, OR
Helping people buy and sell their homes.

Freedon is being able to walk outside on the deck in the morning, coffee in hand and it's quiet knowing we have peace of mind that we live in a great country. Thanks for posting.

Jul 03, 2009 05:13 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate


Freedom to me is the ability to act according to my own will. It includes the right to speak and believe what I desire. It includes the right to believe what I desire politically without government intimidation.

It has changed a lot.  Each year it seems as if we are giving up more of our freedom to government.

"Freedom isn't Free."  But too many aren't willing to pay for freedom.  For example, we have sacrificed much of our personal freedom to avoid terrorism.  I personally do not feel any safer from terrorism than I did in the past.

Jul 03, 2009 05:31 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Joannie, Freedom to me is everything you mentioned in your post, plus the opportunity to change, or re-invent myself at anytime if something isn't working.  It isn't working in a trade because that is what your family did for generations, it is being you.  It is also being responsible, something that is lost on many in our great country!  Great question and post!

Jul 03, 2009 06:31 PM
Judy Schneider
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA


I think most of what freedom is to me has already been said in the previous comments! I value the freedom we have! It gives us the ability to be who we are! Thank You to everyone who has helped give us that freedom! Have a Happy and Safe Holiday weekend!


Jul 04, 2009 12:08 AM
Joannie Williams
J.Williams Home Staging LLC. - Lake Charles, LA

Sandra, that is why I wrote this post, to make us think about what it means to all of us.

Karen, you are right especially now.

Kevin, you are so right, while I am responding to these comments I am drinking a cup of coffee on the day we are celebrating our freedom.

Gary, I believe it is going to change even more.

Tony and Darcy- Thank you, I really enjoyed writing this one.

Judy- You have a safe 4th of July too.

Jul 04, 2009 12:45 AM
Toronto, ON

Hi Joannie - Happy Independence Day from Toronto!!!  Have a fabulous and safe 4th of July weekend.

Jul 04, 2009 02:12 AM
Joannie Williams
J.Williams Home Staging LLC. - Lake Charles, LA

Thanks Marc- I hope you had a great July 4th...

Jul 04, 2009 04:54 PM