I do not choose to be a common man,
It is my right to be uncommon … if I can,
I seek opportunity … not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen.
Humbled and dulled by having the
State look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk;
To dream and to build.
To fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole;
I prefer the challenges of life
To the guaranteed existence;
The thrill of fulfillment
To the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence
Nor my dignity for a handout
I will never cower before any master
Nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect.
Proud and unafraid;
To think and act for myself,
To enjoy the benefit of my creations
And to face the world boldly and say:
This, with God’s help, I have done
All this is what it means
To be an Entrepreneur.”
~ Thomas Paine or Dean Alfange
Which man first wrote “The Creed” I do not know. Both men are credited with the writing. I do know that today as well as 1776 (Thomas Paine) and 1889 (Dean Alfange) these words ring true of people with an Entrepreneurial Spirit.
Entrepreneur’s Credo, what it means to me
The Entrepreneur’s Credo (I believe) really stands not just for the businessman or the self-employed but for every American that wants to do his “thing” and not be supported or taken care of by the government or anyone else.
This country was build on self-reliance, personal self-respect and integrity. Somewhere along the way some have forgotten these principals and find it easier to rely on others to take care of their needs. Never the person with an entrepreneur’s heart, they will always find a way to do it themselves.
What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?
Create The Life You Want To Live,
Juanita ~ Evolving Naturally