Freedom. It’s not what you think – wisdom from Scott Dinsmore

Freedom is not what you think

For all the talk of “freedom” and “independence” going on this week, many are still not free.  The reason…?  There is a lack of willingness to dream and make some sacrifice to relentlessly pursue that dream.  Think of all the courage, sacrifice and willingness it took the fathers of this nation (USA) to fight until they achieved their dreams of freedom and were able to declare independence and for us to have and boast about this week.  They did something that mattered.

Today you don’t need to sacrifice as much as they.  And so my question for you:

Are you willing to do the same to better your life and that of your neighbor?  What does freedom mean to you?

My friend Scott Dinsmore wrote an article (inserted below for your convenience) that I believe you will benefit from. You will find inspirations and perhaps a few ideas that will help to redefine your perspective of “freedom” and “independence”.


“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”

-Napoleon Bonaparte

There’s so much talk on blogs and in books about freedom.

You hear it everywhere. About owning your calendar. Being location independent. Having no one to report to. Running your own businesses. The list goes on.

Freedom, as well as any value, can be defined a million and one ways. Have you actually sat down to define yours? If you haven’t, you’ll likely spend your life trying to accomplish someone else’s dream. You’ll never get there and the journey is going to suck.

Is that really how you want to spend your time?

Take a minute right now and think about what it means to you to be free.

What does your lifestyle need to look like? How do you need to feel? How would you be spending an average day? Where are you making money to support yourself? What’s exciting you each day? Really give this a little time and scribble down some answers.

Maybe for you freedom is being able to give your children the education they deserve or granting them every opportunity to pursue their passions. Maybe it’s being able to work in your underwear or take your spouse on a hot date on a dime’s notice. Or perhaps to work on the things that truly excite you or to have a reason to smile every day. Or maybe for you the one universal freedom is enough, to choose your own thoughts and define what life’s situations mean to you. Your call. Give it some thought.

Do you know how free you are?

Sometimes we spend so much time wanting what someone else has, we forget to take advantage of what’s right in front of us. There are freedom’s we have that no one can take from us, yet so few of us actually do anything with them.

You are free to help someone with something you are really good at.

You are free to pursue an idea that excites you (even if it’s only on the nights and weekends to start).

You are free to learn and become an expert on anything in the world.

You are free to be fit, healthy and energetic.

You are free to be calm and balanced.

You are free to go almost anywhere in the world for less than the cost of your monthly rent (likely a lot less).

You are free to negotiate a new working situation with your boss to better leverage who you are.

You are free to call in sick tomorrow and spend the day learning what you actually want.

You are free to quit and do something that matters.

You are free to spend time around passionate people.

You are free to share your art with the world, and get paid for it.

You are free to find what excites you.

You are free to be inspired.

You are free to take action.

I promise you something. You are more free than you think. Don’t let some made-up excuses of circumstance keep you from doing something about it.

No one is stopping you but yourself.

Pick a freedom and start small.

What are you going to do with yours?

2 thoughts on “Freedom. It’s not what you think – wisdom from Scott Dinsmore

  1. July 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I loved this, thank you! I have a friend who was once a college professor. He quit his job, sold his belongings and bought a small piece of land that adjoined a 40 acre nature preserve up in the Catskill Mountains. He built a small energy self sufficient log cabin and grew his own food. He went square dancing and played music on the weekends with the locals of this tiny town. He went from a nice three figure salary to a very tiny one that was generated from a small Internet business that he started. His life is simple as are his needs. He’s never been happier. He says that for him, life has quality once again.
    As a new author this Sept/Oct., my goal is similar. I want to gnerate enough in sales to simplify my life; to re-connect with nature and neighbors. To spend the remainder of my days writing in my log cabin in the mountains. To live in a town where horses have the right-of-way.
    I am grateful for this blog and those who contribute. While I like to believe that I’m on a path of enlightenment, I get so many new ideas to propel me forward on my own journey when I subscribe to a blog such as this. Thank you Scott for sharing your insights – I just subscribed rather than trying to remember to come back!


    1. August 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Great story, Patricia! I’m glad you found the article helpful. Scott is a great blogger/entrepreneur that I connected with not too long ago. He just re-branded his site and you’ll find tons of useful nuggets on it in addition to what you find on “Intentional Living”. This week’s article will be about making courageous decisions. Look out for it!

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