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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13 thoughts on “The Entrepreneur’s Creed

  1. 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?

  2. 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?