Jan 21, 2014

MLK & Entrepreneurs

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at length about persistence and bravery through hardships - key virtues for entrepreneurs.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

No matter where you are today, somebody helped you to get there. It may have been an ordinary person, doing an ordinary job in an extraordinary way. Some few are able to get some education; you didn’t get it by yourself. Don’t forget those who helped you come over.

Sometimes it's necessary to go backward in order to go forward.

I must confess, my friends, the road ahead will not always be smooth. There will still be rocky places of frustration and meandering points of bewilderment. There will be inevitable setbacks here and there. There will be those moments when the buoyancy of hope will be transformed into the fatigue of despair. Our dreams will sometimes be shattered and our ethereal hopes blasted. [...] Difficult and painful as it is, we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future.

Entrepreneurs can also channel MLK’s revolutionary spirit. Running your own business is a unique opportunity to do focused social good through your work.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

We must use time creatively – and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'

Social and cultural change via business and entrepreneurship has been a topic of recent discussion on TED (twice) and in Central PA.

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