dont be “common”


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I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. To seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me – 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 earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, 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 American.

– “My Creed”, by Dean Alfange.

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3 thoughts on “dont be “common””

  1. Dear tgace,
    My favorite line is:

    “I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and succeed.”

    To do this is all a success, even if it doesn’t all go according to plan.

    Great stuff. Just great.
    Thank you,
    Ann T.

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