Alzati Leadership Blog by Susan Ann Darley


The Fourth of July represents the birth of the United States with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  Every July 4th we, as a nation, celebrate our freedom.


“Freedom” is such a delicious word. Who in the world does not want to be free? Nobody wants to be imprisoned or enslaved. We want the freedom to act, speak and think without hindrance or restraint. 


Yet when we abuse others or ourselves by our words or actions, is that freedom – for them or us?


Teenagers and leaders often share one thing in common. They’re headstrong and over-estimate their power. I was and it took me years to realize my freedom came from freeing myself from my self-made limits, roadblocks and one-way thinking.


As I’ve worked through self-persecution and distrust, I’ve discovered freedom. Today, with a healthy sense-of-self, any arrows slung my way don’t touch me. Plus, there’s no desire to aim them at others.


I’ve realized my imprisonment was in my mind. I alone held the key to unlocking the door. My wish for you this 4th of July is to discover and enjoy your personal freedom.


You alone have the key.


“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


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