Wednesday Words

To Go Where Your VisionPoints, a few inspiration points for you and your business.

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 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 God’s help, I have done.

All this is what it means to be an Entrepreneur.*

—Dean Alfange, American statesman


Grow and be well,

Kelly Erickson

*The original essay, published in This Week magazine, reads: “All this is what it means to be an American.” I’ll leave it as I’ve had it in my collected quotations but thanks to the astute James Chartrand for the help in correcting my incorrect attribution and funky quotation!