Here's To the Pursuit of Happiness

JULY 2017
Written by Rich Procter

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

It’s easy to forget just how audacious this Declaration was. All men are created equal?? What about the King, ruler of all by divine right? Every signer of this Declaration was signing his own death sentence if the King of England were to succeed in putting down this rebellion.

But the King didn’t succeed. Why?

VISION – The United States of America was something new: an experiment in self-rule. The clients I’ve had the honor of working with are driven by this same kind of vision: the desire to get people to “think different,” to enlist guests into an alliance of change-makers, in order to create a better world filled with fellowship, empathy and love.

COURAGE – The Founding Fathers knew they were up against a long, hard, bloody fight to win their independence. They took on that challenge. It took them 13 years, but they won. The clients I’ve worked with have summoned this same kind of courage in order to fight the endless battles, internal and external, that challenge every project. It’s always easier to do nothing than to do something. And once the project is underway, it’s easier to stand on the sidelines and heckle the people in the arena, who are trying and failing and trying again and again.

PERSEVERANCE – This is slightly different from courage. Clients know that a project can take anywhere from six months to six years, or longer. They know that the project will be filled with setbacks, heartbreak and tribulations. Creating a project is not for the faint of heart. the people who never stops pushing forward, never stop encouraging the team, never stop believing that success is inevitable, even at the lowest moments.

We enjoy our lives here in the United States of America because of the vision, courage and perseverance of men (and I’m certain there were unsung women as well) who risked their lives 241 years ago. We are grateful to our clients for showing those same qualities in the noble pursuit of creating life-changing projects.