My take on entrepreneurship and working on hard problems can be summed up by quotes from some of the all-time greats:

Albert Einstein

“If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution.”

Theodore Roosevelt (April 23, 1910 – “The Man in the Arena”)

Theodore Roosevelt

“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 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 and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

The character Yoda from the movie “Star Wars: Episode IV” (1980)

Yoda (copyright Lucasfilm)

“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”

The character Dicky Fox from the movie “Jerry Maguire” (1996)