A Picture At Sam’s Club & Entrepreneurship

Aug 4, 2011, Entrepreneurship

You may be wondering, “How does a picture you saw at Sam’s Club have anything to do with starting your own business?” Well, that’s quite understandable, you’d think it would be an uncommon place for such a thing.  As a matter of fact, the picture I saw was right by the men and women’s bathrooms!

It was a picture of Sam Walton, who started both Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs.  Talk about a business giant! Below his picture was the Entrepreneurship Creed, and it blew me away when I read it. And, now I have it posted on my wall by my desk.  Take a look below:

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.


This was originally written by Dean Alfange, an American politician in the early 1900’s, as the “American Creed”, but it has since been edited.

Wow, wasn’t that incredible!?

To Your Success,

Brent Wehmeyer


  1. Amie T.August 5th

    Mr. Sam has inspired so many with his entrepreneurial spirit. Thank you for sharing your story! Have you read his book, Sam Walton: Made in America? – Amie from Sam’s Club.

  2. Brent WehmeyerAugust 5th

    Thanks Amie, no I haven’t read it, but I have seen it…might have to check it out!

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