Entrepreneur’s Credo

 

Entrepreneur’s Credo

<Common Sense>, written in 1776 by Thomas Paine

《企业家》杂志首刊

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 looking 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.

译文:

我不会选择做一名普通人。
自命不凡是天赋人权——只要我能。
我寻求机遇,而非安稳。
我也从不愿去做顺民,
在国家的保障下变得卑躬沉沦。

我要尝试那精心的冒险;
去梦想也去创造,去失败也去成功。
我拒绝失去激励而获得救助;
我宁愿接受生活的挑战,不甘心保有确定的现状;
成就带来的欣喜远比乌托邦式的平静更令我向往。

我不会为福利而牺牲自由;
也不会为施舍而放弃尊严。
在任何大师面前我不会胆怯;
在任何威胁面前也决不屈服。

我的天性是昂然挺立,自豪无惧;
按照内心的方式敢想敢为。
我享受自我创造产生的果实;
坦然面对这个世界,然后说:
此生,拜上帝之助,我有所作为。