Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the few leaders who consistently envisioned what most people believed was impossible and made it possible. Undeniably a great leader, Dr. King’s fight to end racism and his work in the Civil Rights Movement continues to inspire men and women more than forty years after his death. I continue to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and become inspired by his mission. Today, as we celebrate his life and legacy, I share four things Martin Luther King Jr., taught me about business.
Four Things Martin Luther King Jr., Taught Me About Business
1. Envision What You Want to Create. Ask yourself key questions. What product or service do you want to provide? How will your product or service help others? When do you want to start your business? How much revenue do you want your business to generate in the next 5 to 10 years? Dr. King envisioned equality. He envisioned that one day; all people would be created equal and would not be judged by their skin color but by the content of their character.
2. Create A Plan For Your Success. Not only was Martin Luther King, Jr. a man with a great vision. He was also a detailed organizer and planner. He took his vision of equality and freedom for all and created an action plan for how this would be achieved.
There are many reasons why you should create a plan for your business.
But if we liken ourselves to Dr. King, I believe a key reason to create a plan for success is to make it real to yourself and others. Martin Luther King Jr., used his plan to inspire people, to get them to understand, to believe and to follow his vision. I am sure that when he got weary and discouraged he looked at his plan and it moved him to take action.
The same is true for you and your business. Your action plan will tell you what the needs of others are and how you plan to full their needs. It will motivate, inspire and keep you focused when you get discouraged.
3. Be Persistent. There will be times when the goals you have set for your business seem unreachable do to challenges and events beyond your control. It could be that you are a single parent working full-time and building a business on the side and can’t find the time to do everything you need to. While the weak will give up, people with persistence will find a way to accomplish their dreams. Dr. King, wrote about what it means to be persistent is his poem “Keep Climbing.”
If you can’t fly, Run….
If you can’t run, Walk…..
If you can’t walk, Crawl…..
But by all means, keep moving!!!!
4. Others May Finish What You Start. You may have a dream for your business that is so BIG, like Martin Luther King Jr., it will take more than one life-time to accomplish it. In his famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” Dr. King said “… And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”
Your product or service may help generations of people who haven’t been born yet. Maybe you are the person God gave the business vision to but your children or grand children will be the ones who see it to completion and create something bigger than you could have ever imaged.
Dr. King had a simple formula for success. First, he defined his dream, and then, he created a plan for how his dream could become reality. I’ve found this same formula can be applied with great success to any business.
Today as we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. I think it is no better way to honor his life and legacy then by envisioning our dreams, creating a plan for success and moving forward with unshakable persistence to make our dreams reality.
Your Success Partner,