Last week, people across the country celebrated the achievements of America’s small business community during National Small Business Week. At TCJ, however, we like to treat every week as if it is National Small Business Week. With the multitude of articles, op-eds, bylines, pundits, talking heads and organizations putting out their views on the small business climate and the importance of small business to the US economy, the human element can get lost. At the heart of any small business is a man or woman, the driving force behind that ventures daily successes and failures. That individual does not work 8 hour days, does not have the luxury of weekends. The sun rises and sets with business on their mind. THEY are the driving force of this economy, because without these innovators, creators and visionaries, small business would just be another set of words strung together in happenstance. So in the spirit of celebrating small businesses, we here at TCJ are going to celebrate the small business owner. For it is he or she who toils day in and day out to fuel this great country.
Teddy Roosevelt, one of my most revered inspirations, put it best in this excerpt from the speech "Citizenship in a Republic" delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on April 23, 1910
The Man in the Arena
“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.”