WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU?
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?