The Entrepreneur’s Credo – Dean Alfange

This is an inspiring reminder of what we should do, and how we should act, by Thomas Paine. (Thanks David Allen for the excerpt)…

I do not choose to be a common man,
It is my right to be uncommon…if I can,

Dean AlfangeI 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 state of calm 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 meant
To be an Entrepreneur.

Quote by Dean Alfange – 1922 (Some mistakenly attribute this to Thomas Paine)

3 thoughts on “The Entrepreneur’s Credo – Dean Alfange

  1. This is not “The Entrepreneur’s Credo”. It was orignally published as “An American’s Credo” or “My Creedo” by Dean Alfange. It was printed in Reader’s Digest in 1952. Also, the original I don’t believe contained any mention of God in it and it did not end with “All this is what it meant to be an Entrepreneur”. Instead it ended with, “this I have done. All this is what it means to be an American.”

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