“My 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 state 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 meant
To be an Entrepreneur.

Written by Dean Alfange, Published in Reader’s Digest (October, 1952)

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About The Author

Mr. Allen has an extensive background in technology spanning 20 years including software architecture, design and development, project management and leadership. He specializes in corporate planning, productivity and collaboration, and is the creator of the games Mordor, Demise, Horizons, and Alganon.

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2 Responses

  1. Christina Smith

    Seems every time I come across this Credo there is a question about who is the real author. Many places I read that it was written by Dean Alfange. The last page I saw it on, at the bottom of the Credo, it says Dean Alfange, Common Sense. I know that Thomas Paine wrote a book called Common Sense, I know nothing about a book by the same name written by Dean Alfange. Check these out just for laughs: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/82410-entrepreneur-s-credo-i-do-not-choose-to-be-a-common (Look on the right side where it says This Quote is From and it says Common Sense by Thomas Paine, yet on the left side it clearly says Dean Alfange, Common Sense. Then check this page out. Read all the posts as there is a question as to who wrote it. Seems everyone just gives in and says, “Oh yeah, I think you’re right, it was Dean Alfange.” ??? http://forum.quoteland.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/99191541/m/4053952967
    Stuff like this just irks me. So if you know for sure would you mind letting me know? If not, it’s no big deal.
    Thanks, Christina Smith

    • David Allen

      After conducting some research and reading Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” it appears you are correct, and Dean Alfange did write this. I have made the appropriate changes to the page. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!


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