Quote: What is the secret of our success?

What is the secret of our success?

Well, I think it had to do with a basic American’s Creed. Perhaps it never passed a pioneer’s lips in this form, but if it had I think he would have said something like this:

‘I believe in my God, in my Country and in Myself.’

I know that sounds like a trite too simple thing to say, and yet it’s a rare man today who will dare to stand up and say, ‘I believe in my God and my Country and in Myself.’ (And in that order.) When the early American pioneer first turned his eyes toward the west, there were only Indian trails or ‘traces’ as they were called, for him to foll’er through the wilderness. Do you know, today, you can roller skate from Miami to Seattle, from San Diego to Plymouth Rock? In this little bitty instant, as historical time is measured, our 7% of the Earth’s population has come to possess more than half of all the world’s good things.

How come?

Well sir, when that early pioneer turned his eyes toward the west, he didn’t demand that somebody else look after him. He didn’t demand a free education. He didn’t demand a guaranteed rocking chair at eventide. He didn’t demand that somebody else take care of him if he got ill or got old.  There was an old fashioned philosophy in those days, that a man was supposed to provide for his own and for his own future. He didn’t demand a maximum amount of money for a minimum amount of work. Nor did he expect pay for no work at all. Come to think of it, he didn’t demand anything. That hard-handed pioneer just looked out there at the rolling plains stretching away to the tall green mountains and then lifted his eyes to the blue skies and said:

‘Thank you God. Now, I can take it from here.’
— Paul Harvey