“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, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.”

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tommy from sf AUGUST 8, 2021
very true i think. live for life with passion!

Mark Boland from Baton Rouge  APRIL 26, 2021
I found a copy of this folded in my fathers wallet when he died. In hand writing it was followed by “with God’s help”

Matthew Anzagra from Ghana - WA MARCH 22, 2021
I first heard this from Less Brown and I was so inspired. It challenged me and imbues fresh fire and zest in me to take responsibility for my personal growth and development. We need more of this in this our generation. Thank you so much for sharing

Tim from Lansing il FEBRUARY 24, 2020
Love it

Anonymous SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
Awesome read. I read every day.

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