As we head into our 241st celebration of American independence, what can be more “red white and blue” than entrepreneurship? After all, we are founded on the dedication to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” There is no doubt in my mind that nowhere else in the world is better soil to grow a creative entrepreneurial venture.
I am thrilled to say women have entered this arena once dominated by our forefathers and, according to Forbes, as of 2017 the rate of female entrepreneurs has been growing at a percentage at least double that of our male counterparts.
For all of this good news, I caution readers to assess how much independence you really have.
I find many of my clients have not only bought the American Dream, but also believe you must be constantly working hard, ever-vigilant, hyper-available, and often exhausted. This is especially true of the women who care deeply and want to make a difference in today’s topsy-turvy world.
How much freedom do you have really in your work or business?
Here are some simple questions to ask yourself:
1) How long has it been since you’ve taken at least 1 week off – with minimal texting? (More than 6 months may be a problem -you need off time for your brain to function properly.)
2) Are your relationships with friends and family strained because you are always “so busy” they hesitate to ask you anymore?
3) You don’t know what to put in that line that says “hobbies & outside interests” because you don’t have any?
4) You’re not eating as well as you could and exercise is running between your computer and printer….
The list is endless - you get the idea. This has been me more times than I want to tell you, however, it was a long time ago and I feel compelled to advocate for your freedom – even if you can’t see it yet.
In this month of independence I’m going to address this again and will also be offering a free “mini-book” to offer some very specific strategies for you, so watch for it!
And have a very happy and independent July 4! Let your freedom ring!
Mary Lyn 🎆🎇🎈