Two-hundred and thirty-five years ago, our forefathers risked everything. By signing the Declaration of Independence, they pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.” These aren’t hollow words that Thomas Jefferson penned. They were reality.

As we celebrate our 4th of July with fireworks, barbecues, and baseball games, I encourage you to pause briefly and imagine what it must have been like 235 years ago. As much as that group wanted their independence, it came at a steep price and with much anxiety and fear. Their names immediately hit the Most Wanted list in England, and a bounty was now on their collective heads.

We make decisions every day in business and in life that are important. I’m guessing most of the decisions that we make don’t lead to a death wish. It’s good to have perspective in our daily lives and looking back in history often gives is that perspective.

Happy Independence Day!