How Freedom Forces You To Grow

“Liberties aren’t given, they are taken.”
– Aldous Huxley

Every 4th of July I sit down for a few minutes and think about my life story – about what is important to me and how I’ve lived.

I do it on this day because I think my life is and always has been about freedom.

It’s about being bold, taking chances, going for what I think is good and right and “getting shit done.”

There has never been a point in my life where I wanted someone else to be in charge of me.

Yes, I’ve been tired, I’ve been worn out with problems and difficulties. There have even been times I’ve given up on something that was important to me.

But there are things that my desire and fight for freedom have brought me over the years and for these things I am deeply grateful.

It has made me successful in my business.

It has allowed me to have a business that is designed and works the way “I” want it to work.

It has allowed me to work at home and set hours that I choose.

It has allowed me to be with my children and watch them grow up – to be at home when they got home, to go on vacations with them and provide for them opportunities that I wish I had been given.

It forced me to grow up and learn to be a man and take responsibility for my life and improve the lives of those I love who have needed me.

It works on me every day and I believe it will continue to work on me until I die or until I stop wanting that freedom (which, for me, is the same thing).

Demanding a life of freedom is the most important thing in my life.

The second most important thing is having a life of connection.

I believe these two things must always be in balance if I want to have a good life.

The balance between Freedom (Autonomy) and Connection (Love).

Today, this 4th of July, for me, is about that freedom.

I’m also going to BBQ some chicken.

Have a great holiday.


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  1. Prince C.
    July 4, 2015 at 11:25 pm · Reply

    Freedom is a must;

  2. mom
    July 4, 2015 at 2:44 pm · Reply

    God bless you Joe. Beautiful. So thankful for all the blessings

  3. Joel
    July 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm · Reply

    Well said joe—-i am working and striving to reach that freedom and join the countless of people your system has liberated from that 9-5 grind


  4. Terry Schell
    July 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm · Reply

    Hi Joe -
    How lovingly and beautifully said!

    Happy FREE Fourth of July to you, too.

    Terry & Diane Schell
    Houston, T X.

  5. Jerrie R
    July 7, 2013 at 3:50 am · Reply

    Great Article…
    Just like in the Movie “Brave heart”…..all they wanted was Freedom…..
    “Time” + “Money” = FREEDOM
    Thanks JOE for helping so many people toward that Freedom….

    All the Best….

  6. Matthew Shock
    July 5, 2013 at 4:07 am · Reply

    Well said Joe- thanks for helping me find some of that freedom!!

  7. July 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm · Reply

    Great article Joe!!!!

  8. Valeria
    July 4, 2013 at 7:12 am · Reply

    I have learned and dealt with a few but I know I am still standing but reading your blogs let me know you are genuine
    I can at least say I have learned from you more than anyone else and I appreciate it all. Your lessons have taught me a lot.


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