Entrepreneur’s Credo

  • I do not choose to be common.
  • 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 a 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 guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia.
  • I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity of the 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.

Official credo of the American Entrepreneurs Association

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