We've had another busy week — some challenges and some triumphs.  It seems appropriate to share one of my favorite quotes re: risk from one of our greatest Presidents, Teddy Roosevelt.  Enjoy.

"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 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
and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without
error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great
devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his
place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither
victory nor defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt
"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 2022

I know not everyone is in a position to take a risk — a career risk, a startup risk, etc.  I don't share this to judge you if you are in a larger corporation or if you've never taken the leap to a startup.  But I've never read a quote that quite captures the spirit of the startup — the criticism you take, the difficulties you face, the prospect of failure, and the triumph of turning your dreams into reality.  Nothing I've ever done has tested me as much or told me as much about myself.  And perhaps the most rewarding part of it is that I learn new things every day.