Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Man in the Arena = The Entrepreneur

So I have to give total credit to Neil Davidson of Redgate Software for inspiring this blog post. He recited this snippet of a Theodore Roosevelt speech that was given at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910 and while I don't think Theodore was thinking about Entrepreneurs it totally applies. The text of the snippet is below and Neil's reading of it can be found in the excellent Business of Software 2011 video at 4:45. Oh and you can see me for a few seconds (shameless plug) at 2:44.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

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