Here’s a fascinating look at ten quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that will inspire and transform the way you do business:
“Throughout his life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. relied on his eloquence to elevate the civil rights movement to national consciousness. Nearly 50 years after his death, the nation’s annual January celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides a reminder for Americans to revisit the quotes and sayings of the man who played such a crucial role in the fight to end racial segregation.”
“Though perhaps best known for spearheading the 1963 March on Washington and delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King’s achievements were various and wide-ranging. From 1957 to 1968, King wrote five books, led countless civil rights marches throughout the American South, delivered more than 2,000 speeches and met with Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. At age 35, King became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, according to the award’s official website.” (Source: International Business Times)
1. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” (Tweet This)
Entrepreneurship requires a leap of faith – and a daily walk of faith. Faith by definition is complete trust or confidence. Anyone who has ever started a successful endeavor has had either faith in themselves, faith in their abilities or faith in God. Personally, I credit all three.
2. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (Tweet This)
What matters to you in business? We define this as core values, principles that build the very foundation of your company culture and act as a litmus test for how you do business and why. Never become silent about what matters to you in life or business.
3. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” (Tweet This)
As an entrepreneur you simply cannot ignore this question – the very act of business is, in fact, a service to others. While it’s easy to become distracted by the daily shuffle and bustle of business don’t forget the reason why you do what you do. Self-interest may have gotten you in the door, but human interest will keep you there.
4. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” (Tweet This)
When you start a business focus on doing small things in an excellent way; and then move onto greater things. Like any sport, you can’t win in business or life if you lack an understanding of the fundamentals. Practice yourself in small things and then tackle greater.
5. “Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” (Tweet This)
Headlines are often coveted by aspiring entrepreneurs, but anyone who’s had their share of press or notoriety will tell you that “fame” is fleeting … success is a moving target of sorts. However, greatness is everlasting and those who are great serve others. As Albert Einstein, a theoretical physicist and philosopher of science, once said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
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