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7 Ways to Declare Your Independence

This coming Monday our nation will celebrate Independence Day, better known as July 4th, the historic day when the newly formed United States declared their autonomy from Great Britain. Beyond national independence and sovereignty, how can we become more independent individuals?independent2

Even as a spouse, employee or group member independence is not only desirable, it is an indispensable trait that each of us can develop, nurture and protect. Here are seven ideas for each of us to become more independent.

1. Act the Part. You may not always feel confident in a given situation, but that doesn’t mean you cannot act confidently. As I’ve often heard, ‘walk into the room like you belong there’. Confidence opens doors and often elicits respect from those you encounter.

2. Have a plan. If you don’t have a plan then you have forfeited your independence to be controlled by the whims of other’s desires, circumstances, and daily demands. If you don’t have a plan someone else has one for you, thus making you dependent.

3. Form good habits. Plans should lead to the development of …

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As a prominent commentator and Editor in Chief at, Shannon Hicks has played a pivotal role in reshaping the conversation around reverse mortgages. His unique perspectives and deep understanding of the industry have not only educated countless readers but has also contributed to introducing practical strategies utilizing housing wealth with a reverse mortgage.
Shannon’s journey into the world of reverse mortgages began in 2002 as an originator and his prior work in the financial services industry. Shannon has been covering reverse mortgage news stories since 2008 when he launched the podcast HECMWorld Weekly. Later, in 2010 he began producing the weekly video series The Industry Leader Update and Friday’s Food for Thought.
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