Alec Ross recited this quote during his talk at PopTech today:
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt, 1905
When did you last "dare mighty things"? Ross, the former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, recited the quote in reference to public servants and our foreign policy. So important was this quote to him, he recited it twice.
It prompted me to look back and try to find the last time I dared a "mighty" thing. I realized that I didn't do it often enough -- at least not enough as I would like. Yet, it was also what I seek to have innovators do in being open (if not entirely transparent) with their process. It's also what we call on our students to do in their application of design thinking.
Dare more mighty things.
Photograph Source: The Library of Congress