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Freedom Isn’t Free

On July 4th, 1776 our founders adopted a declaration of independence that established a vision of hope and equality that endures to this day. America’s strength and its prosperity are a testimony to the enduring power of the founders’ ideals that liberty is the birthright of every individual and all people are created equal. America’s creed remains so powerful today because the universal truths it represents are truly the real hope of all mankind.
The secret to happiness is freedom, and the secret to freedom is courage – Thucydides

President Franklin Roosevelt spoke about four freedoms: the freedom of speech & expression; the freedom of worship; the freedom from want and the freedom from fear. I’m reminded on this day, those freedoms don’t come without a cost… a personal cost, a regional cost, and a national cost.

History shows the path to liberty invariably involves conflict. Conflict doesn’t always mean a war or a fight, it can be a regional or local challenge or your personal circumstances. So whatever your fighting and whether you are serving in politics as a local elected official, working in a  local food shelter, volunteering at a local school, walking the beat as a constable, firefighter or EMT or serving in our armed forces know that your acts of service uphold and extend the very best of freedom in America.

For my friends in real estate sales, we are blessed to serve so many families in buying, selling or investing in real estate. We each have the freedom of the same 24 hours. Are you investing those hours to be the best version of you? Are you serving your community at the highest level? Take a look at what my friend JP Piccinini wrote about the 7 S’s of success… those same principles could be the 7 S’s of freedom. The choice is yours.

#WinTheDay #ExceedingExpectations
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Mark Johnson

Mark is the Chief Operating Officer of JP & Associates Realtors, a rapidly growing full-service real estate brokerage. He is focused primarily on expansion and productivity. He has invested nearly 20 years in understanding the inner workings of high performing real estate agents, teams, managers, and leaders in major markets across the world. In prior assignments, he served as a Business Coach, in progressive leadership capacities for the 5th largest US-based real estate brokerage firm; in sales and customer marketing leadership capacities for a major consumer goods company; and served a stint in the US Army, Medical Service Corp. He was later recalled to active duty during the desert storm campaign. Mark is a father of 3, lifelong learner, Spartan and an adventure athlete. He earned his MBA from California State University and a Behavioral Change Certification from the National Association of Sports Medicine. A number of years ago he decided to make "One Helluva Move" and not play it safe, and since then in his spare time he has climbed the world’s tallest free-standing mountain - Kilimanjaro; completed the Spartan tri-fecta, the LA Marathon and the world-famous Iowa border to border RABGRAI ride among other crazy adventures.

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One thought on “Freedom Isn’t Free”

  • Toni Mc Williams

    July 5, 2018 at 12:26 am

    I think we all take for granite so many things in our lives. Especially, when you go through something that wakes you up and makes you realize how truly blessed we are in this country. My new career with Real Estate is something I take very seriously and pray to the man upstairs every day that it’s the right path for me. It does not come easy, it takes a tremendous amount of hard work, lots of dedication and just realizing that you have to continue going forward even though you’re going to have lots of things that can bring you down. Just remember no matter what, we are extremely blessed in so many ways to live in this country, please don’t take anything for granite because everything comes at a cost.

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