To some, July 4th just means another day off from work, while others love everything about the day, from its steep tradition, long history to its present day significance. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, one thing’s for sure; we cannot deny (ever) the passion and commitment held by the founding fathers — George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and James Monroe. But what’s interesting here, is that they all were men of specific and different expertise.
- Thomas Jefferson is best known for his interest in philosophy and issues of individual rights. He is largely credited with writing the Declaration of Independence.
- John Adams is best known for his courage and great ideas that helped make the thirteen colonies. He wrote extensively, publishing numerous essays in Boston newspapers on social, legal, and political issues.
- James Monroe is best known for the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 which declared against foreign colonization or intervention in the Americas. He was a governor, lawyer, and a politician before he became the 5th president of the United States.
By examining the examples above, it’s abundantly clear that these men had a strong sense of conviction in their beliefs and actions, but more importantly, the willingness to share their experiences and expertise through presentations and in writing.
On this 4th of July, let us celebrate with Fireworks, Music, Brews, and BBQ, but let us not forget that we too have knowledge, experience, and expertise that can be (and should be) highly valued and monetized for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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