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Entrepreneur’s Credo – What All Business Owners Want…

I was doing some research for a client’s new listbuilding promotion and I came across Thomas Paine’s Entrepreneur’s Credo. It blew me away that something written so long ago still resonates with those of us with entrepreneurial blood running though our veins.

Entrepreneur’s Credo

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

As entrepreneurs one of the things we have to be ready to deal with is taking risk. Yet, many times, for people who claim to want the freedom opening your own business brings… they study so much, and try to “perfect” things to such an extent that they never really take the risk at all.

Playing it so safe, they remain standing still.

My hope for you during this month of March (which is “Start Your Business Month”) is that you decide to take more calculated risks.

Entrepreneur's CredoAnd even if you fail, you take the huge lessons, tweak whatever you need to and you keep trying. The gifts of moving forward anyway are HUGE.

10 Comments

  1. Maritza Parra on March 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    What’s your favorite part of the Entrepreneur’s Credo?

    For me, favorites have to be:

    1) I want to take the calculated risk;
    To dream and to build.
    To fail and to succeed.

    2) I will never cower before any master (never! I am unemployable!)

    What rings true for you? OR How will you begin to take calculated risks TODAY?

  2. Jeff Herring on March 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    As true today as it was then and will be in another 236 years…

    • Maritza Parra on March 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      I think you’re right…

      • Matthew Taylor on March 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

        As a business attorney, I enjoy how he presents entrepreneurs as a individuals with courage and a strong sense of self yet tempers such resolution with the humility to request help from a greater power whether it be from a God (as mentioned here), mentor, or other external force (which are equally as applicable).

  3. Linda Barnby on March 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Maritza,

    Thank you for sharing Thomas Paine’s Entrepreneur’s Credo! I love it. I put in on the National Association of Entrepreneurs website. How fitting!

    I am still following you and Jeff to see what you’re up to next!

    All the best!

    Linda Barnby
    http://www.NationalAssociationofEntrepreneurs.com

    • Maritza Parra on March 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Hi Linda!

      Great to “see” you again and it is perfect to share with your tribe! Hope to see you soon!

  4. Marie on March 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I love it all. My favorite part is:
    It is my Heritage to stand erect
    proud and unafraid
    to think and act for myself
    to enjoy the benefits of my creations
    and to face the world boldly and say
    this with God’s help, I have done.
    Thank you Maritza for reminding us that wisdom is timeless.

    • Maritza Parra on March 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Marie for sharing your favorite!

      so many parts of this to love…

      proud / unafraid / enjoy / boldy

  5. Lorenzo Rothery on March 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    This is something we should all read everyday if you truly want to be or are an entreprenrur.

    My favorite parts are;

    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 will not trade freedom for beneficence
    Nor my dignity for a handout
    I will never cower before any master

    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.”

    You comments afterwards speak to me as if we had a discussion
    before you wrote the post. I have been living that & I have declared
    to get out & move forward with my plans. The Lord knew I needed to
    see that & so directed me to click on the link to get the message.

    Thank you for finding this & I am grateful for you posting it,

    • Maritza Parra on March 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Hi Lorenzo,

      You are right! We entrepreneur’s should read it daily…

      I’m so glad my comments spoke to you. I think that’s one of the things all creative (entrepreneurial) people struggle with… when to “release” our creation to the world (and stop tweaking!)

      May today be a new day of moving forward with plans – and sharing your gifts with the world!

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