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 calculated risk,
to dream and to build,
to fail and 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 Gods' help, I have done.
All this is what it means to be an Entrepreneur
Official Credo of the American Entrepreneurs Association 1981