Company Notes Digest — 4th of July Edition

This week was a light week for earnings, so we thought that with 4th of July coming up we would try something different. We put together a collection of quotes from US Presidents to help get our readers into the spirit of the 4th. We hope everyone has a great holiday!

The American experiment has been a successful one

“If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy.” -James Monroe, 5th President of the United States

A key reason for our success is culture. We have business in our DNA

“After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world. I am strongly of the opinion that the great majority of people will always find these the moving impulses of our life.” -Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

We value wealth

“Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.” -John Tyler, 10th President of the United States

But we work hard because work helps shape our identities

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” -Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States

We have always focused on finding the right people for a job

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.” -George Washington, 1st President of the United States

And we have never cared where those people come from

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” -Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States

We believe that leaders are made

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

And we make educating those leaders a top priority

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” -James Madison, 3rd President of the United States

We place a strong emphasis on integrity

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” -Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States

And we believe strongly in personal success

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” -Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

But we also work effectively as a team

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” -Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States

And we deeply believe that we can tackle the most extreme challenges

“Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” -John Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

We are girded by a deep seated paranoia that we will lose what we have worked so hard for

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” –John Adams, 2nd President of the United States

But we are not afraid to make mistakes

“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit.” -Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States”

We champion those who try, even if they fail

“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.” -Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

We have faith that the future will be better than the past

“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.” –Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States