Advice from our Founding Fathers

10 Things you can do RIGHT NOW to Improve Business Value

I hope you enjoyed the 245th Fourth of July celebration this week. The story of how the United States of America went from being a group of English colonies to an independent nation is filled with hardship, perseverance, freedom, and triumph - very similar to what it takes to own a business. From nothing came something.

As I reflect this week on this great country, I want to share 10 quotes from our founding fathers that apply to maximizing business value. I was planning to comment on each, but I think they stand alone!

"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done." - Thomas Jefferson

"Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

"To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions." - Benjamin Franklin

"Action will delineate and define you." - Thomas Jefferson

"Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of." - Benjamin Franklin

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - Thomas Jefferson

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning." - Benjamin Franklin

"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today." - Benjamin Franklin

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin

"The people are the only legitimate fountain of power." - James Madison

If you missed our podcast this week, it’s worth listening to, especially if you have never read the Declaration of Independence. Here are 10 fun and interesting facts that inspired how we celebrate the 4th today.

  1. July 2nd is when the governing body of 13 colonies voted for independence from Britain. The document wasn't finalized until July 4th - that's the date on the document as the official date.

  2. President Adams refused to attend July 4th celebrations as a matter of principle because he thought the date was July 2nd. He died 50 years later on July 4th.

  3. The clause "Pursuit of happiness" was originally "pursuit of property," but Ben Franklin convinced Thomas Jefferson that "property" was too "narrow" a notion.

  4. Even though Thomas Jefferson is known as the author of the Declaration - It was written by a five-man committee - three of whom you already know Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, and two other founding fathers you may not know: Roger Sherman (who was the only person to have signed all four great state papers of the United States: the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution) and Robert Livingston (who administered the oath of office to George Washington).