American FlagI love small business owners and entrepreneurs for lots of reasons.

But the biggest reason of all is because they had the balls to say NO.

Not a childish, destructive NO.

More like a “nope”.

Nope, you’re wrong.

Nope, I can do it better.

Nope, you didn’t think of this.

They are a fiercely independent lot.

Sometimes too independent.

The small businesses that get big and the entrepreneurs who make it, without exception, are more than rebels.

They are experts at building teams, forming partnerships and developing alliances that propel them forward.

They lose that DIY Attitude because they know it’s hindering their growth.

And they don’t surround themselves with losers and flunkies so they can be the smart guy in the room.

They understand that being interdependent just makes sense.

There is no such thing as a universal genius.

We all have one or two things that we are particularly good at.

And we need everyone else to help us with the things we suck at.

We are all about as independent as every other living thing on earth.

And that’s a good thing.

Something also worth celebrating.