Saturday, April 24, 2021

"Man in the Arena" Speech by Theodore Roosevelt

MAN IN THE ARENA | Elon Musk - YouTube

Narrated by Lex Friedman (AI researcher working on autonomous vehicles, human-robot interaction, and machine learning at MIT and beyond)

Playing Guitar in a Self-Driving Car - YouTube

Man in the Arena Speech by Theodore Roosevelt with Audio, Read by John F. Kennedy - YouTube

Citizenship in a Republic - Wikipedia

Citizenship in a Republic is the title of a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt, former President of the United States, at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910.[1]

One notable passage from the speech is referred to as "The Man in the Arena":[2][3]

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.

Someone who is heavily involved in a situation that requires courage, skill, or tenacity (as opposed to someone sitting on the sidelines and watching), is sometimes referred to as "the man in the arena".

Citizenship in a Republic: The Man in the Arena - Theodore Roosevelt @ LeadershipNow

Sunday, April 11, 2021

book: The Innovation Stack

great interview with co-founder of Square and author or a new interesting book
+ references on some other books about innovation 

Hanselminutes Technology Podcast - Fresh Air and Fresh Perspectives for Developers - Outside In: The Innovation Stack with Jim McKelvey

transcript: Podcast transcripts, sponsors, and audience data - Podscribe

the book: The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time (9780593086735): McKelvey, Jim: Books

"In 2009, a St. Louis glassblowing artist and recovering computer scientist named Jim McKelvey lost a sale because he couldn't accept American Express cards. Frustrated by the high costs and difficulty of accepting credit card payments, McKelvey joined his friend Jack Dorsey (the cofounder of Twitter) to launch Square, a startup that would enable small merchants to accept credit card payments on their mobile phones. With no expertise or experience in the world of payments, they approached the problem of credit cards with a new perspective, questioning the industry's assumptions, experimenting and innovating their way through early challenges, and achieving widespread adoption from merchants small and large..."


more interviews

quote: "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed."
William Gibson - Wikiquote

related books: 

another good article with the same title, while unrelated, from another well known entrepreneur: