To all our American friends, Happy 4th of July weekend!
It’s so easy on weekends like this to just enjoy the sales and extra day off work.
And, let’s face it, all the decisions the Founding Fathers made feel removed from our everyday life.
What is amazing about this group of people is that they chose to stand for something they believed in.
Against all odds, they thought it better for the United States to declare its independence from Britain, and then did something about it.
Though we are living over 200 years later, we have the opportunity to stand up for something we believe in.
This could be the next time you notice one of your peers making a decision that doesn’t align with your companies values to choose to say “Hey, I noticed that you’re doing X and I am wondering…”
Or, you’re on a product development team and your most recent development was shot down but you believe this direction is the one to go towards. Instead of choosing to let it go you can research and go back to your boss about why this should be considered.
We are all faced with those moment at work when something “just doesn’t sit right” with us.
Next time that happens, instead of just brushing that feeling off, think about what is it you have the opportunity to stand up for.
I love fireworks.
Think back to last year’s 4th of July party. As the fireworks begin to BOOM throughout the sky, remember the young children’s reactions (or even the dog’s for that matter)? Crying, barking, and fear. How could something so beautiful be so scary at the same time?
This is how the fires at work feel sometimes too. You are shockingly busy – the busyness, your team, and your responsibilities are growing. Yet, in the middle of all the demands and pressures, it’s hard to see the good that is driving your day-to-day pressures.
This 4th of July weekend, when you get a little extra time to enjoy a burger and time with family or friends – take a moment to enjoy.
And remember – whatever feels like it’s booming at work today probably has some beauty to it as well.
It’s easy to look at the 4th of July, as a much needed day off.
We all live busy lives. In the middle of summer- with nice weather, kids out of school (yes, that’s why there are so many teenagers everywhere), and the anticipation of a vacation – we long for that extra day off.
This Independence Day, take a few moments to think back on where the United States has come from. It is amazing! If you need a place to start, here are 10 interesting facts about the 4th of July.
And, come Monday, think back about where you’ve come from in your career.
Don’t forget to celebrate your career trek too! We all have milestones that are worth a parade, 13 cannon salute, or fireworks (just like the first 4th celebration in Philadelphia had). Those accomplishments make you who you are today.