With today being the 4th of July, it’s only natural that the topic of independence came to mind. In the United States, this day is marked by the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” is a popular phrase from that document. It sounds good to me! 🙂

Solopreneurs unite.

As a solopreneur, we have a unique opportunity to create our destiny. In general, we are risk takers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and problem solvers. Living a life of the common “9 to 5” is just not acceptable. It’s interesting watching a true entrepreneur trying to conform to what is “acceptable.” They always revert back to what they know and where they excel, which is finding comfort in independence and leadership.

There is an unspoken bond amongst the group, an “I get you” nod that comes with the title.

Self-rule separates us from the pack.

In the quest for creative independence and self-reliability, being the boss has its advantages. You are in the “school of one” when it comes to learning from your mistakes because you’re on the job training if you will. I find those are the greatest lessons of all. The ones where you learn first hand the implications of your decisions. However, the mature business owner actually relishes in the opportunity to tweak and perfect. Instances when the Kaizen Philosophy (never-ending, constant improvement) is implemented with curiosity and excitement.

Independent thinking = authentic living.

This is opposite to group thought, described by dictionary.com as “the lack of individual creativity, or of a sense of personal responsibility, that is sometimes characteristic of group interaction.” We see this phenomenon a lot in business with the popularity of “swipe files and cookie-cutter templates,” coupled with the allure of the laptop lifestyle if you follow the specified simple steps.

When a brand really steps out boldly, independently, and confidently in their vision, it shows! Seth Godin comes to mind as someone that I trust and admire. Here is a short-list of other innovative thought leaders.

Being your own trendsetter, not being influenced by the status quo, following your intuition, and tapping into your unique creativity is a blessing – one that should be relished, celebrated and engaged in as often as possible.

Independent Thinking

Freedom…a true gift.

We have a lot to be grateful for when it comes to freedom. In the US, we have the right to freedom of speech, press, and religion to name a few. As an entrepreneur, we also earn the freedom of choice. We get to choose our mission, products, work schedule, pay, and whether to hire staff or not. We have the freedom to change and adjust as we see fit. We can be independent and free from the stress of climbing the corporate ladder, the hassle of employee competition, and the fear of job loss.

Of course, being a solopreneur isn’t a cake walk. However, taking a moment to honor the multitude of benefits that come with the privilege can be extremely gratifying.

If you’re not happy, then you can change.

Not being under someone or something’s rule is extremely liberating. At any given time, if we are unhappy about something, we have the power to change it. That is amazing. Really stop to think about that statement; If you are unhappy, then change.

When it comes to change, we have an abundance of resources and self-development knowledge that give us the tools to transform our lives. Some people find freedom through physical expression like yoga, dance, exercise, swimming, etc. While others cultivate joy through gratitude, journaling, meditation, selfless service and the like.

Whichever path works for you, always remember that you and you alone create your destiny. You have the power to rewire your neural pathways in your brain. You hold the remote control when it comes to which station you are going to play every day. Will you choose Life FM?

So today, I celebrate independence. I celebrate freedom of choice, change, individual expression, and self-reliability. I celebrate you, your desire to grow your business and your unique gifts that you offer to the world.

Until next time…breathe joy,
Integrative Business Advisor