Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Topic of the Day - Courage

As I was listening to President Obama’s address to the Nation last night, I was struck by the fact that he mentioned the word “entrepreneur” three times in his speech.

It is true – at least in my mind – that entrepreneurship is what has built America - and it is that level of creative, disruptive and innovative thinking that will launch the country and the world out of the current downward economic spiral we face.

In reflecting on that speech, the importance of entrepreneurship to the American economy and considering the topic I wanted to choose for today's blog, I remembered a quote by Peter Drucker: "Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."

So today’s topic is “courage”.

I picked two clips to showcase. The first is from a lecture by Danny Stein, a serial entrepreneur who currently serves as President of JDS Capital, an investment firm based in New York. He shares a anecdote about the seemingly outlandish and courageous decision that Walt Disney made to produce his first animated film.

The second clip is from an interview we added to the collection yesterday. Anne Loehr has owned and managed eco-friendly hotels and safari companies in Kenya for over 15 years. She is also a Partner in Riverstone Endeavors which provides leadership, team and individual coaching to leading businesses around the world.

" have a vision and you know it is going to impact the world and it is going to help people in some way by giving him jobs, by giving an opportunities, a new product..."

Let's hope that all individuals with visions to change the world also have the courage to move forward with their decisions.

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