We are a different sort of person.
We don’t like where our lives are, where our bodies currently stand, or the direction our life situation is taking us.
But instead of doing what everyone else does: make excuses, rationalize, or just expect things to get better; we do something more, we take charge and change our own lives. We set goals, we raise our standards, we expect more of ourselves and the people around us.
In that moment we have become The Uncommon Man.
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.
–Excerpt from Common Sense, written in 1776 by Thomas Paine