There’s nothing more American than celebrating Labor Day by working today. Here’s why and it’s not what you think 👇
Labor Day honors and celebrates the American labor movement and how the American worker contributed to the development and achievements of the United States.
American labor has raised the nation’s standard of living and contributed to the greatest production the world has ever known.
The labor movement has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy.
So much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership has stemmed from the American worker.
But it feels like we’ve strayed away from this as the country has become more obsessed with consumerism while less is manufactured and produced in the US.
What holds this together is our sense of entrepreneurship.
We take it for granted but it’s something quite unique to the US.
Even my wife Ilkem Khateeb, a Turkish immigrant, noticed this as within the first year of being here she decided to start a small food prep business, a YouTube cooking channel, and now an Instagram page (follow Food with Ilkem)
It comes so naturally to those who either grew up or now live here.
Anything is possible and that’s why the world knows this place as “the land of opportunity.”
So to honor that spirit and pay homage to those who came before me I use today to work on my business and come up with new ideas.
In the past while I was employed I would use today to think of ways to make some money outside my role.
So take the day to reflect on what kind of projects you want to pursue.
It doesn’t have to be big nor does it need to make money.
Tap into that entrepreneurial spirit and see if you can come up with something that would create value for others.
It could be an article, a small lemonade stand with your children, or even an attempt to teach others something you’re good at via a paid consult based on what you do for a living.
Most of all, make sure the idea translates to action.
Happy Labor Day everyone 🇺🇸