Excerpt: “I do not choose to be a common man.” | #Motivation Monday

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I do not choose to be a common man.

A wise man once said that ‘Life and Death are in the power of the tongue and those who love will eat its fruits.’ In other words, you will have what you say. So why not say positive and words that build the life you want?

Les Brown recited this excerpt and continues to motivate others with it. Read it and say it out loud to yourself repeatedly.

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.

Excerpt from Common Sense, written in 1776 by Thomas Paine.

Three things are important in making your dreams come alive: Knowledge, Talent or Skill, and Perseverance.

Make a commitment to live a happy life. Commit your works to God (set your plans before him and stay committed to them). Then, He will make your path straight! Have a great new week.

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