As we enter Labor Day weekend, I wanted to share with you the inspiring words of the American businessman, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. He made this statement in his opening remarks to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, July 29, 2020.
“It’s not a coincidence that Amazon was born in this country. More than any other place on Earth, new companies can start, grow, and thrive here in the U.S. Our country embraces resourcefulness and self-reliance, and it embraces builders who start from scratch. We nurture entrepreneurs and start-ups with stable rule of law, the finest university system in the world, the freedom of democracy, and a deeply accepted culture of risk-taking. Of course, this great nation of ours is far from perfect…Still, the rest of the world would love even the tiniest sip of the elixir we have here in the U.S. Immigrants like my dad see what a treasure this country is—they have perspective and can often see more clearly than those of us who were lucky enough to be born here. It’s still Day One for this country, and even in the face of today’s humbling challenges, I have never been more optimistic about our future.”Jeff Bezos
(Both of Mr. Bezos parents migrated to the United States. At the time of his birth, his mother was a 17-year-old high school student and his father was a bike shop owner.)