American Business Owners ~ Ordinary People, Who Have a Dream and Work Hard to Achieve it

As American business owners, we take responsibility for our own success and failures. We celebrate success and see failures as opportunities for growth. It is, and always has been the spirit of the individual to depend upon themselves to further their aspirations which is the very foundation of the success of American business, if not the America itself.

Success in anything has always been the result of hard work, initiative, and ingenuity, a lot of risk, some luck and ultimately self-satisfaction as to where all of those efforts brought you in your life. I was taught to take pride in doing a job and doing it well. We are Americans and should remember that our forefathers started this country on the concept of people wanting to make their life their own success.

It is the entrepreneurial spirit and the free enterprise system that provides the drive behind the engine of America. Individuals who believe they control their destiny become more committed, more tenacious, and more determined to succeed. Individuals with this kind of mindset don’t wait for opportunity, they create opportunity.

It’s hard working, sacrificing, and focused business owners who drive our economy and help build a strong country. From our first days as a nation, we have put our faith in free markets and free enterprise as the engine of America’s wealth and prosperity. You can’t build a country, live in and prosper in that country, and then discount the hard work of those who laid the economic foundations for it.

At Avatel, we recognize that we are responsible for our own success. We believe that profits are essential to creating wealth for growth, prosperity and job satisfaction. We don’t see prosperity as limited or finite. We see one person’s success as a sign that success is possible for all of us. We see the successful as role models to be emulated, not greedy or lucky people to be torn down, denigrated, or punished.

Freedom gives us the opportunity to succeed, and also to fail. Freedom allows us to make our own way in life. And it requires that we accept the responsibility for that. Freedom and responsibility simply cannot exist apart from each other. You can be truly free only by being totally responsible for your life and your actions.

The theme of our quarterly awards and recognition ceremony last month was “Freedom to Achieve”, in honor of Independence Day. The core of the concept is the individual’s responsibility to aim for and achieve success by working hard and taking advantage of the many opportunities available to all. We believe that people of talent in this land of opportunity could reasonably aspire to achieve success.  It is about taking ownership of your own prosperity.

We live in a country where our freedom allows us to become whatever we are willing to work hard for. The road to success starts within a heart that wants to be the best at something. A heart, mind, and soul that does not want to be ordinary, but extraordinary. The Freedom to Achieve concept comes from the roots of our country’s heritage where ordinary people, who have a dream, work hard to achieve it.

Independence is the true measure of success. With each step you make towards the goal of being self-sufficient, the freer you become. The less dependent you are, the more choices you have. Real freedom is primarily about choices. At Avatel, we believe that living free means accepting and embracing full responsibility for your own life, and for the things that touch your life. It is responsibility that gives freedom its value and keeps freedom alive.

By tapping into the uniquely American traits of optimism, perseverance, and resilience, you can move forward in a mission-driven plan to success and fulfillment. We should all really think about and understand that it is our freedom that gives us the chance to achieve the American Dream. It would be great if it was the pursuit of the American Dream that could steer the country into better times, as people continue to work hard and do whatever they can to achieve success. Remember, Americans believe we can do anything. Where there’s a will, there’s still a way.

Jamie Wood, Avatel EVP



  1. One of your best blog posts to date. Reminds me of a great President who once said, “We in government should learn to look at our country through the eyes of the entrepreneur, seeing possibilities where others see only problems.” –Ronald Reagan, Radio Address to the Nation on Economic Growth, January 26, 1985.

    • Having moved to America from England over six years ago to earn my piece of the American dream just like the early settlers in this brave new land I have an uncommon viewpoint. The drive of the people and the richness of this land have created a leading world power. My concern is that if we look at times past world power shifts. You only have to look at the history of the British Empire and many other Empires from our past to recognize that. China is the new up and coming world power and America’s debt to China concerns me greatly. For America to maintain its prosperity, these current challenging times are crucial. From the ashes of its failed corporations such as Enron and General Motors new corporations and industries must emerge and prosper in the world. I want to be proud of this country because in the next couple of years I will pledge my allegiance to the American flag and I will become one of the many people who believe in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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