Happy 236th Birthday America – Four Things We Have Learned Since Your Last One

4th of July, America

I love birthdays! Especially my kids’ birthdays.  It always makes me a bit nostalgic about how fast they have grown and things have changed.  Also, each year brings new learnings such as how to be a better parent, ways to grow sales at the office, or how to be a better citizen of the world.

So, looking back at the events in the last 12 months, what can we learn about America?

  1. The freedom we possess and encourage is desired by many across the world.  The fall of suppressive governments in the Middle East through popular uprising (with a little help from Twitter) is a testament to the power of freedom.
  2. Make great products with heart and passion, and you can inspire a generation of innovation.  Steve Jobs preached that concept at Apple and dramatically changed our way of life.  He will be greatly missed.
  3. Everyone has a voice.  There has never been a more rigorous debate on so many issues.  The protestors of Occupy Wall Street, both sides of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), and the nearly 1 billion people on the now publicly-traded Facebook are a testament to our ability and willingness to express ourselves publicly.
  4. No one is above the law.  Even the winningest coach in college football history and the storied Penn State University football program had to answer for the wrongdoings of members of their staff.

I don’t know about you, but I am cautiously optimistic about the future.  If our business is any indicator, our customers are hiring again, looking to grow, and beginning to invest in the future. And, the fundamental beliefs of the American way of life are still strong.

So, Happy 236th birthday America!  Let’s make the next year an even better one than the last.