Making A Declaration On The Fourth Of July

Have you ever taken a minute to think about what Thomas Jefferson was thinking when he sat down to write the Declaration of Independence? Have you thought about what the founding fathers had in mind when they approved one of the most important documents in the history of mankind? My...

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Have you ever taken a minute to think about what Thomas Jefferson was thinking when he sat down to write the Declaration of Independence? Have you thought about what the founding fathers had in mind when they approved one of the most important documents in the history of mankind?

My guess is that they didn’t like King George III taxing them and they wanted FREEDOM!!!

As you celebrate this Fourth of July with family and friends, I encourage you to think about what it really means to be free. I finally found the freedom I wanted with The Alliance, and I’m doing all that I can to share the opportunity with as many people as possible.

Take a few minutes as you enjoy cooking out, watching fireworks, swimming, etc. to think about what freedom means to you. Remember the great sacrifices those before us and those with us now made to protect our right to those freedoms we enjoy so much in the United States of America.

The historic meaning behind this holiday centers around freedom and gaining independence. It is a special time for Americans to recognize how fortunate they are to live in “the land of the free,” as it is sung in the Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem.

The Oxford dictionary defines the word declaration as a formal or explicit statement or announcement.

Have you made your declaration to the world?

What is it that you want so badly you can’t stand it?

What are you going to do to get what you want?

Are you going to speak it and then do it? Hopefully, you will do more than just talk about doing it. I urge you to make a declaration today that you are going to put in the work it takes to be successful. If it were easy, everybody would do it. I want you to be that person that is willing to do what others won’t today so that you can do what other people can’t tomorrow! I want you to live life like most don’t even imagine, or even think is possible. I’m a living, breathing example that if you work hard and don’t quit, you can get whatever you want in life.

Please enjoy the Fourth of July. I hope it is a great day for you and that you make memories with those you love that you will remember for years to come.

What will most Americans be doing on this holiday? On July 4, Americans will celebrate the Red, White, Blue and Green! Here’s a few stats I found as I was working on this blog.

According to MarketWatch, $6.9 billion will be spent on food by Americans during the Fourth of July week. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that 150 billion hot dogs will be consumed, $1 billion will be spent on fireworks and another $1.6 billion will be spent on beer and wine. The average person will spend $75.35, up from $73.42 last year. That’s a whole lot of Red, White, Blue and Green!!!

MarketWatch states that 62 percent of Americans will go to a cookout, 12 percent will attend a parade, 62 percent will fly a flag and 27 percent will buy patriotic merchandise for the holiday.

I’m going to spend the holiday with my wife, Jane and our son, Spencer down in Florida. I’m sure we will grill something good to eat and watch fireworks from our beach house. I’m also going to take some time to think about what Thomas Jefferson wrote on July 2, 1776 and presented on July 4 to claim independence from Great Britain. It’s amazing to think that 13 colonies banded together to form what has become the most powerful nation in the world. We are lucky to be Americans. We won the lottery in terms of the opportunities we have at our fingertips. I want to make sure that I don’t take that for granted this week.

This is a country that welcomes entrepreneurship and rewards those who are willing to work hard. I’m so grateful for everything America has allowed me to do. It still blows my mind that I get to travel the world, meet people from places most people can’t even find on a map and chase my goals and dreams because of the freedom we have as Americans.

While we all will certainly enjoy the food, fellowship and fun on this holiday, it is important to remember how this thing we call America all started.

This day is all about you deciding that your life is going to be different. It is about taking advantage of all the freedoms that we enjoy so much in America.

Are you happy with the average or do you want to be extraordinary? If your dream is big enough, you are willing to work hard and don’t quit, then the American Dream can be your life’s story.

Having freedom wasn’t free back in 1776, and it isn’t free now. However, it is easier to get free today than it was when Mr. Jefferson penned those powerful words. There is opportunity all around you if you are willing to fight for what you want. I love being able to get up each day and tell myself, “Here we go. We made it to another day. What are you going to do with it?”

That’s freedom! I don’t take it for granted. I know that everything can go away in the blink of an eye.

The cost of freedom and success is extremely high.

The thing you have to remember is that the rent to enjoy freedom and success is due daily. You have to pay rent every single day, or you can lose those freedoms and advantages that we have in America. Make sure you are doing enough each day that you can afford that rent. I know I don’t want to go backward. I don’t know about you, but I do NOT plan on losing what I’ve worked to get. What I do is too much fun to lose the privilege to continue doing it daily.

Get up each day and fight for your freedom. Make a declaration today that you are going to be successful no matter what happens. Don’t settle for average when you have greatness inside you. Work hard and make things happen!

8 comments
  1. Daniel Mawhinney
    Daniel Mawhinney
    July 4, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you, Andy, for fighting for your freedom so that we can fight for our freedom.

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  2. Heidi
    Heidi
    July 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Freedom lost is the cost of complacency…and why I have so much to learn now from mine. It has been the hard work of others that has given me the opportunity to match it and more. How thankful I am to have that ability. There is so much still to find inside! I hope I have enough time. This post is awesome. I love the USA!

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  3. Theresa Anderson
    Theresa Anderson
    July 4, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Freedom is not free you have to work for it everyday,
    I’m grateful to be a part of the Alliance.
    I decided to take a chance and set out on faith and it was the best thing I could have done.
    Happy Independence Day to all.

    Reply
  4. JC from KC
    JC from KC
    July 4, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    I am so proud to be a part(ner) of a growing company with such a great leader. Maybe this is your second time around and that is why you are able to do as much if not more than you did the first time you walked this earth. I look forward to the years that we will spend together, the trips that we will take together and the people we will continue touch, influence, motivate and change their trajectory for the rest of their lives and their generations that will follow. My pastor speaks of the greatness of the “fourth quarter”, the last play of the game, the last seconds that determine the winner and who came in second and the impact that anyone can have to the last breath of air they breathe. I want to be that inspiration to just one more sand dollar that is cast back into the ocean. Happy fourth of July Andy, Jane and your entire family. GOD BLESS YOU AND THIS COUNTRY WE CALL HOME!
    JC from KC
    PS. See you soon in Burlington!

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  5. Timothy Sipe
    Timothy Sipe
    July 5, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Thanks for the encouragement, Andy. Speak and DO, and fight for the dream. I AM willing. So happy I read this. Man, there’s a lot to be grateful for!

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  6. Helen Hilton-Jones
    Helen Hilton-Jones
    July 5, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Thanks Andy Albright for these
    Powerful Words!

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  7. Martha Batorski
    Martha Batorski
    July 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Have visited the National Archives in Washington, DC to view the actual documents. A very powerful experience. Jefferson himself claimed there were no new ideas in the document, which he penned, then gave the draft to other signers on the committee to review and edit. Jefferson said that credit must go to Locke, Montesquieu, the Scottish Enlightenment, and the long struggle for English civil liberties, among other founts of liberty. In other words, the architects of our new paradigm of government innovated because they followed Step 4: READ!! In addition to declaring the reasons for one’s independence, let’s also declare the power of the 8 Steps to Success in getting there! They go hand in hand. THANK YOU ANDY AND JANE!

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  8. Charles Crawford
    Charles Crawford
    July 5, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    GOOD STUFF HERE!

    Reply
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