Entrepreneurs know why they prefer to be struggling Masters, rather than comfortable slaves. We know the passion and excitement of building a life, instead of merely surviving to serve a master whom we secretly despise.

We choose to do now what others won’t so that we can live like others can’t in the future. We believe in our vision, our mission, ourselves, our partners, our God. We create wealth and ease, employment for many, security for our families. We enjoy self-respect, and we are prepared to endure the hard times, the insecurity, the fear and the long hours, in order not to compromise our values and beliefs.

Genesis 25:29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, ‘Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!’ 31 Jacob replied, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ 32 ‘Look, I am about to die,’ Esau said. ‘What good is the birthright to me?’ 33 But Jacob said, ‘Swear to me first.’ So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

We appreciate and honour the dream that we have. We treasure and courageously protect it. We work hard, persistently, diligently, and faithfully to achieve our objectives. We don’t sell out to escape responsibility and make a quick buck. We are very selective whom we choose to work with and whom we spend our time with. We despise half measures and we won’t drop our standards to conform to the world around us. We do not procrastinate or make excuses. Our word is our bond.

And, in time, the fruits of our work become evident to all; the naysayers and mockers and haters are shamed. Our families and loved ones are rewarded for their patience and loyalty. Our generosity if apparent to all, and we are a shining example of integrity and commitment.

The heights by great men reached and kept

Were not attained by sudden flight,

But they, while their companions slept

Were toiling upward in the night.

Robin Elliott