In the Arena - Start-Up Life

Posted by Admin Admin on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Under: Entrepreneurship
This is an excellent article for anyone interested in some insights into the grit required to build a high potential venture.   This article by Entrepreneur turned Venture Capitalist - Mark Suster from GRP Partners is excellent. 

It reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt's quote - about “The Man in the Arena” tells us that the man we should praise is the man who’s out there fighting the big battles, even if those battles end in defeat. In our day, when cynicism and aloof detachment are considered hip and cool, TR reminds us that glory and honor come to those “who spend themselves in a worthy cause.”

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.

Start-ups are not all worthy endeavors nor are they all led by perfect people.  But the same concept applies in some regards to the modern economy and the sacrifices required to build organizations of all types (not just for profit) is  illustrated by this post by Mark Suster. 

Read the entire post below and share this with your spouse, business partner or any friend you have that is considering a start-up.

"You’re unemployable. You’re an entrepreneur." 

The Blog Post on What It's Really Like.

Or see the presentation here:

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