The right to exist

Jack Roseman, a professor of mine at GSIA (now Tepper), told me... "As a human being, you have the right to exist. You have the right to food in your belly, a roof over your head, and clothes on your back. I'll pay taxes to guarantee these rights. But as a company, you have no such rights. As a company, you have to fight for the right to exist EVERY DAY. And the only guys who can give you that right, are your customers. They'll give you that right with their wallets, nothing else."

I'm still trying to figure that one out.