July 4th marks the anniversary of one of history’s most amazing experiments…a little thing we call the United States of America. Never before had a country been formed in such a manner, with individual freedom and liberty as the cornerstone of its existence. We have certainly seen some dark days and very challenging times over the last 230+ years. But it’s a true testament to the American Spirit that we have stayed together as a nation, and continue to fight for the rights of all men and women to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
The “American Dream” is still very much alive and well, and available to all of us who are willing to put in the effort to create a better life for ourselves and our families. Unlike other nations around the world, there is no caste system, nor are we bound to any specific socio-economic status. We live in a nation that is rich with resources, talent, education, technology, and affordable mass transportation. If you are willing to put in the effort, the sky truly is the limit.
However, we must never forget that this freedom we enjoy was certainly not free. It was purchased with the blood and sacrifice of countless veterans, who have fought, bled, and died for you and I to have this liberty we enjoy. They believed very deeply in this “experiment” and were willing to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk, in order to ensure its longevity. And today, and every day, we must never forget their sacrifice for our great nation.
What better way to repay them, than to fully enjoy the freedom that they helped provide? What better way to say thank you, than to work hard (and smart), to achieve the American dream for you and your family? What better way to pay homage to their heroism, than to walk the path to upward financial mobility that they helped pave with their service?
Whether you flip houses, flip burgers, or flip off people in traffic…never forget that you have that freedom because of the men and women of our Armed Services. If any of you are reading this today, on behalf of the membership of the Professional Investors Guild…I salute you!
Let me know your thought in the comments below…and have a happy Independence Day!