“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses'”
In watching the news headlines this morning two stories stood out. Olympic Champion Aly Raisman filed a lawsuit against the USOC to keep the pressure for accountability and change on track.
The second story is the ongoing and sweeping pressure for common sense gun laws to be enacted immediately.
Regardless of how you feel about either of these issues, They both represent the challenge to the status quo. The status quo of abuse that went unchecked against young female gymnasts for years or the wanton violence that was allowed to grow to epidemic proportions in the name of preserving individual liberty.
One of the primary responsibilities of the entrepreneur is to innovate by challenging the status quo. You saw this in the auto industry and especially in the computer industries.
Changes in the business space can and have dramatically changed the way we live our lives. Social changes, changes in mindset like those mentioned earlier change the way we see ourselves, the way we value each other, and what becomes important to us as human beings.
I think of being an entrepreneur as much bigger than providing a service or turning a profit. I see it as an opportunity to impact lives, not in terms of transactions, but in terms of creating a legacy, that outlasts the business itself.
It’s that level of purpose that gets me out of bed every morning, keeps me moving no matter how tough things get. Because it’s not about me, it’s about the change that must be made to challenge the status quo and remind the people I serve that life can and will continue to get better.
That’s all for now.