Three Lessons We Can Learn from the Life and Legacy of Dr. King

Jan 21, 2019

Many people have studied Martin Luther King, Jr. and gathered a wealth of knowledge and inspiration from his life and his actions. Students study Dr. King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in English classes to analyze his rhetorical approach. Dr. King is studied in history classes for his impact on freedom and equality.

It’s no secret that anyone who studies Dr. King’s life will learn from it. More than fifty years after his death, he is still teaching us things today. So this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we want to look at three simple takeaways that entrepreneurs can use to start making an impact in their own lives, and hopefully in the lives of others.

 

1. Write Down Your Dreams

One of the most famous moments of Martin Luther King’s life was his famous speech on August 29th, 1963, where he shared his dream of freedom and justice with a crowd of more than 250,000 people. In his speech, he repeated the phrase “I have a dream” where he repeatedly laid out his vision for the future and invited listeners to imagine a better life with him.

While your dreams may not become world renowned speeches shared in front of thousands, writing down your dreams – both the literal dreams from when you were sleeping and the dreams in terms of your goals for the future – can help you imagine a world you want to see in the future. And while your dreams may not deal with the grand scale injustices that Martin Luther King, Jr. faced, you still can do your part to make this world a better place.

It has been said that dreams are the brain’s way of processing details and information from the day. It has also been said that dreams often represent unconscious hopes and desires. Writing down your dreams – both literal and professional – is good for your personal health and can help start you off in the right direction.

2. Share Your Dreams Publicly

Again, while you may not have 250,000 people gathered at the nation’s capital to hear your voice, you still have a voice and should use it. When we share our hopes and dreams out loud, we not only gain accountability for pursuing those dreams, we also gain followers and encouragers and believers. In a world where technology can connect you with every corner of the country at once, you can begin to see your dream grow when you share it with others.

Start by sharing your ideas with a close friend or colleague that can help encourage you and keep you accountable. From there, start sharing your plans more publicly on platforms like social media so that you can be held accountable by the people who might potentially be impacted by your business.

3. Do at Least One Thing Every Day to Take Steps Towards Your Dream

Martin Luther King, Jr. marched across the state of Alabama to help make his dream a reality. He delivered his historic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech at The March on Washington. He marched in the face of brutality and violence. And if Dr. King could do that, then we can take at least one small step each day to fight for our dreams.

Making an impact isn’t easy. It doesn’t happen overnight. It doesn’t happen without hard work. When studying Dr. King’s life, you can see him put his dream into action. His actions greatly impacted the success of the Civil Rights movement. And if we want to have an impact on the world in any way, we must take action every day.

 

We all have dreams, but in order to make those dreams a reality, we must share those dreams with others and take steps each and every day. So today, we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy, and we thank him for his impact in our world today.

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