Brett Welch | BC

Aside: Modern Day Gladiators - A Little Inspiration

In many ways, the small business entrepreneur is a modern day gladiator. They are sportsmen and women, their field is their business, and profits keep score.

But like all sportspeople, it's easy to get down. Fighting, running, striving, strategizing and improvising is tiring. Small business entrepreneurs never say die, but sometimes you might feel like giving up. Investor Yossi Vardi used this quotation from Roosevelt in a speech to entrepreneurs (found via TechCrunch).

"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." - Theodore Roosevelt, 1910.

I hope that in your daily endeavours for your business' success, that you find this as inspiring as I did.


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