President Obama and Entrepreneurship: "The Risk-Takers, the Doers and the Makers of Things"
Written by Jay Turo on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
In my 10 years at Growthink and my 20 years in business, I have never lived nor worked through a period with as much uncertainty and negativity, as much economic depression, as much market fear, as we are living through right now. As spirits have waxed low in the markets, I would be not candid if I did not confess that I have bouts of dispiritedness.
But when I step back and reflect on why I am doing what I'm doing, I have never been prouder of the work that Growthink does, nor more convinced of and committed to our core mission in a nutshell: To Serve The World's Entrepreneurs. And that mission has ever been more timely, more resonating, more legacy-building than it is right now.
A line in the new President's inauguration speech made me reflect on the good and very important work that we and our clients do:
"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted -- for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom."
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