Business Week reports on The Hero's Journey in Arts Entrepreneurship & Technology:
Where Entrepreneurship Connects to the Classics
Elliot McGucken, a professor of entrepreneurship, bemoans that "a lot of schools have dismissed the idea of teaching the great books." In a recent lecture, McGucken points out that that one lesson of the classics is, "Chance favors the prepared mind. Instead of viewing risk as a bad thing, we can also view it as a good thing."The classics inspired America's Declaration of Independence, which McGucken sees as an entrepreneurial document. Life has a way of "calling us to adventure," he concludes. Though many entrepreneurs launch businesses based on some "whimsical occurrence," it's their educational and life backgrounds that enable them to recognize the opportunity. Thus, John Bogle was able to found Vanguard based on a business-magazine article, while actually pursuing a "higher ideal" associated with making stock ownership available to large numbers of people. See this blog for more information and a related video. --BusinessWeek Online
Remember tonight, for it is the beginning of always. --Dante
Art is never finished, only abandoned. --Leonardo da Vinci
Beauty awakens the soul to act. --Dante
He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship
without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.
--Leonardo da Vinci
Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly.
--Virgil's Aeneid, Book VI, line 95
|In light of knowledge attained, the happy achievement seems almost a matter of course, and any intelligent student can grasp it without too much trouble. But the years of anxious searching in the dark, with their intense longing, their alterations of confidence and exhaustion and the final emergence into the light--only those who have experienced it can understand it. --Albert Einstein|
|A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. --Joseph Campbell|
|If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. --Thoreau|
|Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. --Emerson|
|New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment. --Max Planck, founder of Quantum Theory|
|If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. --Henry David Thoreau|
|Imagination is more important than knowledge. --Einstein|
|So dream your own dreams, but act on them, too. Action, always action, is required on the ever-dangerous odyssey that each of our lives must follow. Be good human beings. Respect tradition and study the great thinkers of our heritage. --John C. Bogle|
|Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. --Leonardo da Vinci|
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
--Leonardo da Vinci |
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. --Leonardo da Vinci
There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when
they are shown, those who do not see.
--Leonardo da Vinci
Nature is the art of God. --Dante
|Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. --Leonardo da Vinci|
Who sows virtue reaps honor.
--Leonardo da Vinci |
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? --Leonardo da Vinci
You can have no dominion greater or less than that
over yourself. --Leonardo da Vinci |
You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand. --Leonardo da Vinci
|If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought. --Dante Alighieri|
|Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground. --Dante|
|Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild. --Dante|
|Love that moves the sun and the other stars. --Dante|
Facilis descensus Averni:|
noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis;
sed revocare gradium superasque evadere ad auras.
hoc opus, hic labor est.
Translation: It is easy to go down into Hell;
Night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide;
But to climb back again, to retrace one's steps to the upper air -
There's the rub, the task.
Book VI, line 126, The Aeneid
|Possunt, quia posse videntur.--Virgil, The Aeneid, Book V, line 231|
Audentes fortuna iuvat. --Virgil |
Fortune favours the brave.