Encouraging words for entrepreneurs

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

Intensity of culture by Andy Grove

“…ferocious arguing and disagreement about ideas in the pursuit of new knowledge

Andy Grove (CEO of Intel quoted in 1996)

Andy Grove was one of the first employees at Intel who was promoted to president in 1979. During his time as president the company grew to become the world’s 7th largest company.

This quote is in context of describing the intensity of culture within the organization and gives us a window into the culture he helped forge during the company’s period of incredible growth.

It feels like it should be part of a manifesto somewhere.