There is potential in making a quality decision … is life asking you to make a strong decision about something? It can be large or small. What do you need to commit to? And what could happen if you became bold about it?
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.
All this is what it means to be an American.
Dean Alfange (1897-1989) wrote this statement in the 1950’s. It has also been referred to as “My Creed.” It originally appeared in This Week Magazine. A condensed version was published in Reader’s Digest.
Take a look at the graphic I put together on the right … the golden arrow is a pathway—our quest to move towards our personal destiny. With accuracy.
The thin line represents our exploring and experiencing different things as we quest.
As we intersect with our destined pathway, we enjoy our highest energy and sense of purpose.
These experiences talk to us. This is the golden pathway we are looking for. The energy and joy we experience are clear indicators to us of our unique destiny.
Even one small decision has an outcome. Let me explain what I mean …
When I make a decision (and it can be as small as “should I eat this benign, scrumptious, glazed donut?”), I am selecting between two or more possible actions.
And whether I’m consciously aware of it or not at the moment of choice, my decision always has an outcome. Always.
What qualities do we need to break out and go to higher levels?
It’s shocking to discover that the 2nd leading tech and innovation center in the world is Tel Aviv, Israel—it’s a center of excellence. Silicon Valley is #1.
Israel was ranked the 5th most innovative nation in the world in 2015 by Bloomberg. The United States ranked 6th.
What’s going on in Israel?
Let’s go macro to micro—what can we learn from their culture and economy to empower our lives, organizations and companies?