What Does “Independence” Mean to You?

by Shonali Burke on July 4, 2011

Independence Day
Today all over the United States, people are getting together for barbecues, fireworks and in general coming together to express patriotism and love for their country. It is, after all, Independence Day for us this side of the pond.

What does independence mean to women entrepreneurs? We asked our community, and here’s what some of them had to say:

  • Thursday Bram of Hyper Modern Consulting: “The ability to not be stuck when a problem comes up — to have the resources to handle anything that comes along. The alternative is needing to go to different people for help any time the slightest thing goes wrong.”
  • Alexandra Williams of Fun and Fit: “I make enough money to support my boys and myself if necessary.”
  • Liz Scherer of Digital Copy, LLC: “The ability to sustain, maintain and evolve on one’s own terms.”
  • Jill Foster of Live Your Talk: “Definitions of success, failure, and financial strength are up to me to set and abide by.”
  • Jennifer Wilbur of Rockstar Communications: “The ability to flourish – and fail – at what you determine is most important to you, on your schedule.”
  • Gini Dietrich of Spin Sucks: “Independence is not having to rely on anyone for your own destiny.”
  • Michele Price of Social Media for Smart People: “Independence means I have ALL that I need on every level of my life, physical, mental, intellectual, and spiritual so that I am performing at my peak, bringing my full contribution to the world, and receiving complete abundance in return.”
  • Ann Bingley Gallops of Open Spaces Feng Shui: “Independence means thinking as big as I dare, making my own decisions, and taking responsibility for the outcomes.”
  • Joanna Pineda of the Matrix Group: “Independence means being able to shape my company culture and solutions offerings for clients as we see fit. It means creating trouble whenever it makes sense.”

What does independence mean to you?

Happy 4th of July.

Image: J.W. Photography via Flickr, Creative Commons

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