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July 4, 201311:00 AM

A Real State Of Independence

It's easy to get caught up in the news.

Whether you are celebrating the Fourth of July (and, if you are, Happy Fourth!) or following the news as it is unfolding in Egypt today, it can be somewhat easy to detach our personal selves from the idea of independence. When the Fourth of July rolls over on my calendar, I am immediately thinking about the professional and career choices that I have made in my very squiggly career that have brought me to this moment in time. The vast majority of those decisions were based on my own desire for independence. I never liked asking people for money and was brought up by parents who exemplified a strong work ethic (and still do, to this day). Success was never about titles or compensation. Success was always about my own ability to be solely responsible for my financial and professional outcome. It's still not, one hundred percent, based on independence (it never can be), but I am not reliant on the traditional model of a manager or a boss who controls how much income I am capable of making.

It's about more than financial independence.

Today is the day that allows me to appreciate things like this blog, the Six Pixels of Separation podcast and my books (Six Pixels of Separation and CTRL ALT Delete) in a whole other light. Recently, I wrote a contributed article for a major publication. After I submitted it, they informed me that it wasn't to their liking and that they would not be running it. At first, I had the same feeling of rejection and disappointment that plagued me throughout the late eighties and early nineties when I was doing a lot freelance music journalism. The constant rejection and silence from magazine and newspaper editors is something that I would never wish on any other professional... in any industry. Thankfully, things have changed since my music journalism days. The popularity of this blog affords me instant access to a community of passionate professionals. I no longer need the validation from this editor as a gateway channel to an audience. After that initial lump in my throat, I simply hit the publish button on this blog and watched the shares, amplification and comments flow. Ahhh.... independence.

You should do this. You should do that.

I'm probably doing everything wrong when it comes to the recoding of my podcast. It's not short. It's not recorded with professional audio equipment. I spend zero time editing the audio. I could go on and on. The thing is this: it is my own, independent audio channel to play with, tinker and push what I think an audio show should be. It's a place where I can have a conversation with someone that I admire or that I am curious about and share it with the world. The same could be said for this blog. My posts are long. I don't use link-bait-like headlines. I don't add pictures to the posts. I'm not great at being overly active in the comments. Again, independence. My own choice in controlling my own destiny (in as much any one individual can).

Make the choice.

As your roast your weenies today and drink yourself blind on beer before setting off the fireworks, start thinking about what your real state of independence can (and should) look like. If you're not sure where to begin, I'm currently loving the book, Choose Yourself - Be Happy, Make Millions, Live The Dream by James Altucher (don't let the hype-y subtitle throw you off).

Happy Independence Day (no matter where you are geographically based). I hope you're spending some time planning your own independence.

By Mitch Joel


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  • Posted by Peter Pallotta
    Mitch Joel

    Hey Mitch as David gruel from the foo fighters once said its all about having your own voice and totally am in sync. I would not change the way you do things since that makes you YOU as I have learned a lot from everything YOU have done.

    I almost wished you happy fourth but was reminded that I'm currently in Tim hortons having a coffee. Anyways happy fourth to all that applies to.

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  • Posted by David Soto
    Mitch Joel

    I know I should be outside cleaning the grill or playing frisbee in the park on this holiday but first I had to check in on my favorite blogs. I am glad I did.

    I really like what you wrote here. I am "squiggly," independent and loving it! Rock on Mr. Joel, I'll light a pop bottle rocket for you!*

    *Unless there is firework ban. If there is a ban then I will just drink a can a beer for you! Actually that sounds like a better idea. Cheers!

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  • Posted by Chris Mey
    Chris Mey

    Dear Mitch,

    great post, very much appreciated! A complete SPOS episode dedicated to the complete picture of the 21st century worker could be nice?! Skills, mindset, knowledge, steps to take...maybe with James Altucher as a guest?! (choose yourself is great, especially the audio version!)

    I sense a new hashtag coming up as we progress in the 21st century: #WAWLF as to "What Are We Living For"?!

    Cheers!

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  • I had a plan for the 4th,

    Grill outside, maybe some boccie ball, Frisbee and so on. but it rained.

    I could have waited to see if the rain would clear up, glad I didn't, or adapt, which we did and had a great time and I just blogged about it this morning and how it reminded me of your new book I just finished in between flipping burgers; Ctl Alt Delete.

    In a nut shell, we have a choice every day to adapt in our blended lives or go hungry.

    Mark Allen Roberts

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  • Mitch Joel

    Great, thoughtful post Mitch. It made me better appreciate some of the choices I've made in the last 10 years.

    I will check out that book too.

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