Happy Martin Luther King Jr Weekend!
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase."
Often when we am looking for inspirational quotes for our Facebook feed or to put on the “Pearls of Wisdom” board at Mantle., We find ourselves returning to the wealth of quotes given to us by Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s quotes are so very powerful given the context in which he originally gave them.
However, most all of us will never wake to our homes being firebombed or lead a quarter of a million people on Washington to tell them about our dreams. King’s time was fraught and urgent and great, his time dwarfs the context for which we seek out his quotes, yet we return time and time again.
This weekend, as we reflect on the life, death, and legacy of one of the greatest and most consequential Americans to ever breathe our imperfect air, we can also reflect on Dr. King as an innovator, a disruptor, and an entrepreneur. His “Dream” was based in an entirely different “cloud” — however, I am sure that if he were alive today he could have imagined an app for organizing for freedom and equality — but he changed the rules and pressed forward in the face of a harsh reality. The gravity of what King was fighting for does not nearly translate into the “struggles” into what startup founders or new businesses are working towards, but his words still do translate:
Everything worth doing is hard; do it with people who care about the cause as much as you do.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Starting something worthwhile means having a short memory and being a little bit crazy.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
There are a thousand logical reasons not to do something at any given moment, go with your gut.
The time is always right to do what is right.
You cannot innovate listening to everybody else; Henry Ford put it this way: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Diversity is more than a buzz-word. You can’t know everything, you should learn from other’s experiences. We are stronger when we are pulling together.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
Hemingway called it “Grace under pressure.” Making a mark takes courage.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.