“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Dr. Martin Luther King
Today is the day we celebrate the life of a great man. Dr. King is most well noted for his famous “I have a dream” speech delivered at the mall on Washington. However, this man was great for so many different reasons. He dared to challenge the norm in America. He dared to say he wanted change. Most importantly he acted on his beliefs until he was assassinated. Dr. King had vision, a dream, a goal that he refused to allow to remain dormant.
So what did he do? He put his life in harms way and went to the source of trouble in several places to stand for what he believed was right. Nobody else quite frankly had to believe in him or his dream. Because his desire to succeed, was greater than his fear of failure. We have to be the same. We have to be willing to fight for what we want regardless of what may be going on around us. How many people do you think believed in Kamran Famrid when he wanted to start Ediable Arrangements, or Steve Jobs when he saw a vision of PC’s in every American home, or Reed Hastings founder of Netflix? I’ll tell you without knowing these gentleman that their were people who thought their ideas were crazy or far-reaching. When you reflect on Dr. Kings vision for equality find comfort in the difference between his dream and yours. Luckily most of us will not have to fear for our lives if we reach for our goals. But, we may have to fear ridicule, and non believer input into our goals. How many people do you think believed in But, you must remain steadfast on reaching your goals if you hope to be GREAT.
You have to be almost insanely obsessed with reaching your goals. So take advantage of this day and write your own “I have a dream speech” and hang it up somewhere in your house you visit often and remind yourself of that dream, read it aloud twice a day when you awake, and before you go to sleep. And remain determined to reach your goals.
Be GREAT at what you do today!