12 Things Freedom Means to Us

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July 4, 2017

What does freedom mean to you? In a country where we have the power of choice, how do you shape your life to gain a sense of independence?

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Those two words―freedom and independence―can mean a lot of different things. Here’s what they mean to us.

Freedom

1. “Freedom for me is just about happiness. It’s the ability to do things that complete me…. Doing what I love just really makes me feel in control.”

Lydia Sweatt, Web Producer, SUCCESS.com


2. “Freedom is doing a job that I love. Not because I have to do it, but because I love doing it.”

Shelby Skrhak, Director of Digital Content & Social Media, SUCCESS.com


3. “I’m grateful to be free to make my own choices as a woman in America…. [It’s] just gratefulness to be free.”

Rachel Ledbetter, Freelance Video Editor


4. “What freedom means to me is taking full advantage of the power of choice. There’s not just one answer for everything, and having the ability to try new things, experiment and to go down different paths is an opportunity everybody should have.”

Garrett Hughes, Social Media Coordinator, SUCCESS.com


5. “Freedom to me means living in a country where regardless of where you’re from or what your background is, if you have the grit and work hard enough, anything is possible.”

Jesus Jimenez, Managing Editor, SUCCESS magazine


6. “To me that taste of freedom is so sweet because I grew up in a country where freedom wasn’t accessible to everybody…. To be free for as long as America has been, it’s a privilege―and it’s beautiful.”

Angelique Wetherill, Photographer, SUCCESS Partners


7. “Freedom is being able to choose my path in life, business or relationships, and not being told it is wrong or impossible.”

Tracey Koehler, Relationship Development Assistant, SUCCESS Partners


Independence

8. “Independence for me means deciding who you are now and who you want to be in the future. It’s taking control of your destiny.”

Jessica Krampe, Digital Managing Editor, SUCCESS.com


9. “Independence to me comes back to self-determination. It’s all about my drive to control my life and my choices. I can’t control other people, but I can control my choices.”

Mariana Lenox, Digital Asset Production Manager, SUCCESS


10. “For me being independent means I can do or say whatever I want without being worried that I’ll get unnecessary judgment from others. I’d say it means I can be my true self and not be afraid to show my unique or quirky side.”

Jamie Friedlander, Features Editor, SUCCESS magazine


11. “A really great Uber driver was taking me to DFW airport…. He began talking about his life, and he was from Ethiopia. He told me a story about his son who’s in kindergarten, and he said when he was in Ethiopia, he had to walk two hours each way to get to school. He went to visit his son at kindergarten and it was nap time, and he couldn’t understand this concept of nap time…. He turned to me, and still with a tear in his eye, he said, ‘This is just the greatest country in the world.’ To me, that says a lot about independence.”

Jim McCabe, VP, General Manager, SUCCESS


12. “Independence to me is just really the ability to have an independent thought, and I think a lot of people take that for granted in the sense that we can choose the things we want to believe, and nobody’s there to take that from you.”

Cecilia Meis, Integrated Content Editor, SUCCESS magazine and SUCCESS.com

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