America’s independence is a widely celebrated achievement across our country. On examination of the events leading to our revolution, it’s not hard to find significant lessons for entrepreneurs. If these lessons are applied to business, your business, it can lead to achievement on the same scale of our founding fathers!
This article is a great refresher of the events which led to the founding of the United States. It highlights the success principles mastered and implemented by our founding fathers.
On July 4th, 1776 Thomas Jefferson stood before the newly formed assembly. He fearlessly read the most momentous decision ever placed on paper:
“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of natures God entitle them…”
Analyzing the events which led to the Declaration of Independence shows principles that must be used by every individual and organization to really succeed. They are listed below. The power which gave this nation it’s freedom is the power made up by these principles. Note also (with great personal benefit) that these principles and the power are available to everyone. And yet I find many people don’t take full advantage of them. How many do you faithfully practice?
Desire– To long or hope for; to express a wish for
Decision– A promptness and firmness in deciding
Faith– A firm belief in something for which there is no proof
Persistence– The quality of remaining unchanged or fixed in a specified character, condition, or position
Master Mind Group– A coordination of effort and knowledge in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose
Organized Planning– The formation of a definite practical plan or plans through which desire can be turned into reality
You can see for yourself around you the result of the application of these principles by a group of courageous men.
The beginning of the use of this power was the Master Mind Group formed by Samuel Adams, Richard Henry Lee, and John Hancock. This led to organizing the Committee of Correspondence. They put the hearts, minds, souls, and bodies of the members together in one definite decision to settle their difficulty with the British once and for all. The committee arranged for a meeting of the First Continental Congress in September of 1774. This was a Master Mind Group of 56 courageous men. They were immune to fear, blind to the possibility of failure, and willing to stake their entire existence on the attainment of their goal.
These 56 men desired freedom more than anything else and made a definite decision to draw up and sign a Declaration of Independence. This is the greatest decision of all time, at least as far as any American is concerned. What is it that YOU desire more than anything else? (This will be the most important decision you ever make!)
This desire and decision insured the success of Washington’s armies because the spirit of the decision was in the heart of every soldier who fought with him. It is this spirit which leads to an internal power which recognizes no such thing as failure. It was the feelings and emotions behind the desire for freedom, mixed with faith which gave birth to our nation and changed the face of history. Don’t have any doubts as to your ability to accomplish what you want! Do you?
In this history of our country, this great lesson in personal achievement is plainly taught. The real forces of Desire, Decision, Faith, Persistence, Master Mind Group, and Organized Planning are what ensured us freedom.
These same forces can be used by every person who surmounts the difficulties of life and forces life to pay whatever price is asked. READ THIS AGAIN!
Believe, expect, plan, and demand what you desire. Whether it be financial independence and riches, business growth, or more time for yourself it will be within your reach. You just need to desire what you want in the same spirit that Samuel Adams desired freedom for the colonies. Simple…but not simplistic. What could YOU accomplish if you had the courage to be immune to fear and blind to the possibility of failure? Think about that…
So there you have it, the road map to the success that you want. Remember though, this is an all or nothing proposition! It’s not “I’ll do it when I feel like it or when I remember.” Make these principles a part of who you are and success is sure to follow. Like the freedom we all enjoy followed Samuel Adams and the others.
Adapted from “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
What are the lessons for you in this article? Feel free to leave them below!