The following credo has been attributed to Thomas Paine by some and to Dean Alfange by others. The 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 of calm 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.