During the 1960s Civil Rights movement in the U.S., one man Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood out as the visionary for freedoms granted to black Americans. His mission was so powerful that it created a movement and legacy that have lasted and permeated into universal rights for all humanity.
After reflecting on Dr. King’s life, these are
five main takeaways that can be applied to become a successful
mission-driven business and visionary:
1. Having a “Dream” and Vision:
Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a dream” speech lays out his desire for a
world where freedom “rings” and we are empathetic toward our neighbor.
Creating change started with his dream–a vision–which translated to a
mission so clear Dr. King would not stop until it was fulfilled.
2. Taking Action with Determination:
The Civil Rights movement didn’t happen overnight and certainly did not
prevail after Dr. King gave just a few speeches. It took many years of
sweat, toil, pain and relentless action–a series of small steps forward
toward his Mission, which led to something much greater over time.
3. Courage to face fears and take risks:
Just the thought of Dr. King delivering his speeches and leading
marches in some of the most discriminatory parts of the country causes
chills. He was walking a very dangerous path; yet it is in facing our
greatest fears that we find our inner strength to overcome them and find
the right path to our Mission.
4. Finding a support system:
Although Dr. King was an inspiring and powerful leader, he knew he
couldn’t pull off his Mission alone. This unified dream, sense of
community and strength in numbers propelled the movement forward and
fueled Dr. King’s efforts even when he was down.
5. Persistence to pursue one’s Mission despite obstacles:
Certainly Dr. King faced self-doubt and insecurity throughout the
pursuit of civil rights. He and his supporters faced much worse:
criticism, death threats, persecution, imprisonment, assault and
ultimately death. But his faith and persistence to fulfill his Mission
was so strong that he was willing to die attaining it. The unified
Mission was so powerful that it continued to inspire and motivate change
and progress even after death. Are you willing to die for your Mission?
we can remember these same lessons whenever we feel ourselves
challenged and facing our own struggles, or want to quit before living
our Mission. When our dream is so strong, there is no way we can turn
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