If you live in the USA you’ve probably heard the talk over the last two weeks on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech since August 28th (today) is the 50 year anniversary of the speech and March on Washington. It’s been 50 years of dreaming, hard work and coming together in ways that hadn’t been imagined before. It’s impossible to know what would have happened if King hadn’t been killed a few short years later, but he did manage to lay the foundation for people to dream big and work together to create a better future.
As business owners we need to be captured by the same fire that King had burning beneath him. We need to live and work passionately, committed to our employees and clients and the business we’re creating. I know it can get tiring very easily, especially if you haven’t built a support network around yourself and your business, don’t take time to rest and try to do too much.
Also, we need to focus on one goal not many. King didn’t try to free the whole world from all the different kinds of slavery within it, he didn’t try to solve all of world hunger, he focused on a dream of freedom for specifically the African-American people of the USA. If you’ve set out to be the best accountant, dog walker and pool cleaner, you’d better have a unifying goal in all of them, and financial freedom isn’t appropriate, or you’ll struggle to accomplish them well.
Finally, King shared his passion with others and got them on board. He gave them something to believe in, supported their dreams and encouraged them to peacefully step boldly forward together. You can’t be successful if you don’t get others on board with your dreams and passions. One guitarist may sound OK, but it doesn’t have the impact of a full band.
This week I encourage you to remember the dreams you had when you started your business. Bring those dreams back to light and let them guide you to success.