Wikipedia tells us that Labor Day is the first Monday in September, set aside to celebrate economic and social contributions of workers.
My definition of Labor Day is even simpler – Labor Day is the day to celebrate those who have worked hard to get things done!
Perhaps this is the year that you and I have worked harder than we ever have before.
During the past few years, my gaze has shifted more towards business owners – people who started out with a dream, at the kitchen table. People whose dreams have materialized due to putting in tons of hours, and plenty of sweat equity.
Make no mistake – you built it!
I have been truly blessed to be able to start my own business, and to be able to actually pay myself within a three year period. I understand the challenges and feel the joy of being able to serve others.
I’ve felt the joy of being able to bring my daughter to select photo shoots, because it provides me with the opportunity to spend time with her, as well as to talk with her about what it means to be a business owner.
I’ve also had the chance to tell her about the “double taxation” many business owners feel, but the main emphasis of my discussions is centered on the joys of entrepreneurship.
We’ve all felt challenges during the last few years, building a career in the shadow of uncertainty, building a portfolio in hopes of getting back into the game, or building a business.
I hope that you will take time this Labor Day to not only acknowledge the coming of fall, but also to take stock in what you have achieved, and reflect on where you are going.
If you are a business owner, it will feel strange to take the day off – you probably haven’t had one off in a while.
Trust me, you deserve the time off and will feel better for having taken the time.
Hats off to those who get things done!
Happy Labor Day!