Today is MLK day. A good day to think about dreams.
Do you have a dream?
Rev. King had a dream. He believed that people should be equal and free and ‘judged by the content of their character’. He inspired people. He lived and died his belief every day of his life. He inspired his generation, and many who have followed him.
Simon Sinek wrote a very inspirational article about MLK last summer. He inspires me. He gave a TED presentation about “How Great leaders Inspire Action”, something I watch over and over because it always speaks to me. He talks about something he calls the Golden Circle, and it all boils down to “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” And everything really does boil down to be about that simple, if you think about it. Of course, thinking things through isn’t really encouraged by our society right now.
Its easier to get us to do things if we don’t think things through too carefully. Media breaks things down to. We’re accustom to getting our information through sound bytes. It doesn’t encourage us to think, to question, to argue. You can’t effectively argue with the television, or the commentators on television, no matter how often you do, in fact, yell at them. They can’t hear you. You can’t change anything that way.
The way to change things is to think. To learn. To understand.
The way to change things is to look inside yourself and figure out what you think, and what you believe, and then share that with others.
Your dream doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to be game changing, and the only world it needs to change is yours.
You deserve your dream. I think that’s what the ‘pursuit of happiness’ might mean.