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A High Calling: The Work of an Entrepreneur

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A recent article by the John Locke Foundation’s Michael Moore (no, not the filmmaker) does a good job of outlining the calling of entrepreneurs. He makes a very positive mention of Acton, Fr. Sirico, and The Call of the Entrepreneur.

The full article can be read here.

Here’s an excerpt:

If you ask someone on the street today what they think is a humble and worthwhile profession, they might say a doctor, teacher, missionary, fireman, or community organizer. Now those are good professions, and I admire anyone in those fields, but one profession that may never get mentioned is that of an entrepreneur.

Over the last few years in America, there has been a shift in the mindset of people to eliminate risk and personal responsibility, and we are seeing the effects of that today. The theory is, if you are an individual who has created wealth you have probably mistreated or abused someone to get that wealth. It is kind of scary that America has started to demonize the entrepreneur. Over the last few months, I have heard from a few entrepreneurs in church who are starting to ponder if they are truly moral because they have been entrepreneurs most of their lives.

Anthony Pienta


  • Rich B

    Its a shame that Entrepreneurs are often seen in bad light. These people are the ones creating most of the new jobs today, so many more people can support their families because they are now employed.

    Most aren’t very wealthy, or they don’t spend their money on themselves because they are reinvesting in the their business. These are the majority of entrepreneurs, that nobody ever seems to know about.

    I have a good image of entrepreneurs because I grew up around many in my church and in my community. Some are wealthy because they are successful, not because they are crooks. Most are humble folks with good (or great) ideas and a sense of how money can be a great gift.

    Society would be far better off if people thought about creating a job (for themselves and others), rather then the common demand today that someone create one for them.