Memorize this by Friday:

I choose not 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 will never cower before any master nor bend to any friend.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.

– Dean Alfange


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas. 


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