The Entrepreneur’s Creed

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


Thomas Paine

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, Common Sense

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  • William McPeck

    If Thomas Paine could see where we are at today, I wonder what the sequel to Common Sense would be and what he would have to say?

    • “Really, Folks — I Wasn’t Kidding!”


  • I say a resounding YES to Paine’s statements here. His view of utopia and guarantees in life is a boring life. I agree: if I don’t have challenges where there is calculated risk, I get bored too.

    What other historical authors besides Paine do you like to read, Ray?

    • Emerson, Twain, Dickens, Doyle, Thoreau. To name a few.

  • Good stuff!

    Could Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan be considered a simplified modern day version of what Thomas Paine was saying?

    • Well, I think Nike’s slogan is just that… a slogan. It is in the same spirit, but it lacks the scope.

  • Every time I read this it makes me proud of what I was called to do, start a business and change the world.

    • That’s exactly what caused me to reproduce it here.

  • I love it – and, the key above all keys is that he gave credit to God!

  • Wow. Stunning. Thanks for sharing, Ray.

  • Amal

    Thanks for sharing.. This is awesome.

  • Amal

    Thanks for sharing. This is awesome

  • Awesome. I don’t think I have ever read that before. That Creed definitely needs to be hanging in my office.