The Risk-Takers, Doers, and Makers

This was an historic day in so many ways that I need not recount them in detail here. Suffice it to say that our country is in deep and we're looking for a way out. I'm not one to pontificate, so I'll instead just share with you my favorite snippet from President Obama's inaugural address:
"Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom."

Since beginning my research and teaching in entrepreneurship a few years back, I've learned over and over and over again that there's no easy way to prosperity--and, might I add, freedom. I think President Obama highlights the importance of those who do, those who make, and those who take risks to ensure our continued prosperity and freedom.

That's my desire and my focus as our university begins a new semester in 2009. I aim to encourage in my students and my colleagues to be more the maker, more the doer, and more the risk-taker.

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