I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Martin Luther King and his persistence & insight on unifying people of different nationalities and backgrounds. I took some time to Listen To Dr. Martin Luther King Speech yesterday on YouTube and started thinking, “What Can Dr. MLK Share about business success?”
Believe it or not, there are many points we can learn and apply from just his speech when looking at his character and what he stood for. When we embody the traits of what his character exhibited and what he was willing to die and live for, we will enhance our daily professional/business/entrepreneurial performance to succeed in any focused endeavor we pursue.
Whether you like Dr. MLK or not, you have to give him respect for the fact that he used to love to unify people to live that thrive together as one. Let’s face it, anyone can use hate and division to rally people together but to use love, that my friends, is a very hard, but doable challenge. At least, that is what I have found.
Here are some parallel points to business success found in Dr. MLK’s amazing memorial speech that is very applicable and mirrors professional, entrepreneurial, business & personal development:
1. Your Personal Beliefs Are Worth Taking Risks For
Actions reveal what is important to a person and reflect their belief and character. Dr. King’s actions revealed what truly was important to him as an academic thinker, dreamer, and visionary for what he believed in. His doggedness, diligence, and determination in the face of hate, fear,
death threats, attacks and many police arrests show that he was not going to be stopped by obstacles faced on the way to reaching his goal(s) not only for himself but also for his family, community and the world. As a martyr after the assassination in 1968, he was not instantaneously recognized or documented for his triumphs and accomplishments. However in 1983, President Reagan deemed Dr’s birthday a Holiday that was still a controversial topic. It was still heated. His day was finally “celebrated” in all 50 states in the year 2000.
Personal Reflection: Regardless of what challenges you face when pursuing success, are you willing to take risks to win, to keep forging on against the majority thought of mediocrity? Will people remember you for what you believed and lived for?
2. Service Brings Unity
Inspired by President JFK’s statement “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Dr. MLK reiterated for people to come together in unison of being creatively unselfish instead of walking in disempowering & isolating self-centeredness.
Did you know there are many community services volunteer movements that government & corporations come together for to honor both MLK and JFK’s spirit of social & civic responsibility? Organizations & companies like Timberland, Bank Of America, ComCast, Tmobile, AmeriCorps & more establish events in urban schools that focus on bringing public communities together to improve education which brings equal opportunity.
“Ask not what your team can do for you but what you can do for your team.” When you truly step outside of yourself with the intention of serving other team members rather than your own agenda, you will not only learn about the needs of others but also find commonality and unity. You will see that you have much in common with fellow teammates/co-workers which then increases, unification, synergy, team morale and community. When team morale is high, people want to come to work and feel very fulfilled when team fosters a sense of community.
As a result of community and personal responsibility mixed as one, more goals are reached and profitability increases.
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