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. 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 my freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master, not 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 my family and friends, I have done. All this is what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Author unknown, via Dave Asprey.

4 comments on “The Entrepreneur’s Creed
  • I’ve known this poem for a while under the title “An American’s Creed” (or “My Creed”). As far as I can tell, it was written by Dean Alfange during the Cold War and was originally published in This Week Magazine and later reprinted in The Readerโ€™s Digest, October 1952 and January 1954. The final line should read “All this is what it means to be an American”. Of course, this is a minor difference and its message stands anyway. I’ve first heard about the poem from libertarian philosopher Doug Rasmussen, who provides a nice interpretation here:

  • 9 years ago when I put this on my web site, I dug around to find the author, to no avail. Good to see Google finally caught up! I found several versions – the “American” one, and many used “Republican” instead of “American.” The version I found was published in a magazine – I think “Entrepreneur” circa 1986 and unattributed. I also made another change. I added, “with my family and friends” instead of “with God’s help.” Either way, it’s a pretty cool little poem, even though it is more than a little ego-driven. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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