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45 Retweetable and Shareable #MLK Quotes

Only in the darkness can you see the stars. ~MLK

Just imagine if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had Twitter or other social networking applications at his disposal, his message would have been even more world changing.  He was known as one of the best orators of his day and one of the top in the history of the country.  The exponential impact of his sound bites and oratory skills would have been extremely powerful with a tool like Twitter. I believe we take for granted the fact that our message, story, voice and thoughts can literally be globally shared at our leisure and by the push of a button.  

This year in the United States we set aside Monday, January 18th. to honor the life of a civil rights leader, pastor and social justice martyr.  MLK positively impacted the US and the world in so many ways, I think it’s great the US has an official holiday in his honor. A few years ago, my wife and I were in Atlanta during the MLK Holiday. We visited the Atlanta Memorial and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church that Dr. King pastored. This summer we took our sons and visited the MLK  Memorial at the National Mall in Washington DC and stood at the very place he delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. This year I’m sharing 45 of Dr. King’s memorable quotes that could have easily been tweets. Not only are they tweetable (at 140 characters or less), they are all short enough to be retweetable (122 characters or less).  Quotes can have such power, as a matter of fact I used a number of Dr. King’s quotes to illustrate some power points in my book. 45 Retweetable #MLK Quotes

  • 1. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or darkness of destructive selfishness. #MLK
  • 2. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. #MLK
  • 3. To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. #MLK
  • 4. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. #MLK
  • 5. I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. #MLK
  • 6. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. #MLK
  • 7. The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. #MLK
  • 8. We are not makers of history. We are made by history. #MLK
  • 9. We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. #MLK
  • 10. We must face the sad fact that Sunday morning when we stand 2 sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America. #MLK
  • 11. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. #MLK
  • 12. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. #MLK
  • 13. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” #MLK
  • 14. The measure of a man isn’t whr he stands in moments of comfort, but whr he stands @ times of challenge & controversy. #MLK
  • 15. If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. #MLK
  • 16. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  #MLK
  • 17. We must use time creatively — and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things. #MLK
  • 18. The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.  #MLK
  • 19. The time is always right to do what is right. #MLK
  • 20. I have a dream my 4 little children will 1 day liv in a nation whr they will not B judged by the color of their skin. #MLK
  • 21. Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. #MLK
  • 22. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. #MLK
  • 23. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. #MLK
  • 24. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. #MLK
  • 25. When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. #MLK
  • 26. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. #MLK
  • 27. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. #MLK
  • 28. Lightning makes no sound until it strikes. #MLK
  • 29. There is no gain without struggle. #MLK
  • 30. A right delayed is a right denied. #MLK
  • 31. It may be true that the law can’t make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me; that’s pretty important. #MLK
  • 32. If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation. #MLK
  • 33. One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong. #MLK
  • 34. Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait. #MLK
  • 35. Hate destroys the hater… #MLK
  • 36. True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. #MLK
  • 37. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. #MLK
  • 38. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. #MLK
  • 39. Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment. #MLK
  • 40. We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. #MLK
  • 41. Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge (power), religion gives man wisdom (control). #MLK
  • 42. We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. #MLK
  • 43. Seeing is not always believing. #MLK
  • 44. I Have A Dream! #MLK
  • 45. Only in the darkness can you see the stars. #MLK

There are so many more tremendous quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  These are just 44 retweetable quotes that have stood out to me over the years.  Please share your favorites from the above list or any other #MLK quotes that you like.  If you can share them in 120 characters or less, please do so. This will allow them to be retweetable. Happy #MLK Holiday!  Please take a few moments on #MLK Holiday to share some quotes, watch a speech, serve in the community, attend the parade, talk to your family about his impact over dinner, communicate to your team that you value the holiday and what Dr. King stood for…  Do something!

The Future of Success

If you want to understand your place in the future economy, watch and listen to this video.

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dream BIG… think BIGGER

This Is Why So Few People Reach Their Dreams

Why do so few people reach their dreams? The short and simple answer is they never truly get started in the process of going after them. You have to put your dreams into action, you have to do something, write something, buy something, think something, try something and make something happen.

So many people have dreams, visions, ideas and thoughts inside their head and heart; however they will never take the first step of making those dreams a reality. Around here I like to say “dream BIG, think BIGGER.” Thinking is the action step on the road to making your dreams a reality.

“Don’t just chase your dream… Go catch your dream!” ~RGIII

A dream left unattempted is nothing more than a nightmare. A nightmare that will torment you until you do something about it. Go catch your dream.

Why do so few people reach their dreams? Share your thoughts.

10 Ways To Make Leadership Simple

Although there are thousands of leadership books, millions of leadership gurus, leadership isn’t something you can simply read about… you have to do it. So many people talk a great leadership theory however their application is flawed and that’s primarily because they try to make it so difficult. Leadership is not rocket science, it’s a simple science.

Leadership is just like swimming — you can’t just read about swimming, you have to get in the water, kick your feet and stroke your arms. Leadership is the exact same way, you have to get in the leadership waters, kick your feet and stroke your arms. If you wan’t to be good at it, technique does matter. You have a continuum from dog paddlers to Olympic swimmers.

Leadership Is Simple and boils down to these 10 Simple Things:

  • Believe In Yourself
  • Believe In Others
  • Point The Direction
  • Understand That Team Matters
  • Create an Environment For Growth and Develop Others
  • Take Some Risks
  • Truly Care About Others
  • Inspire and Motivate Others
  • Move People From Where They Are To Where They Need To Be
  • dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Often times managers make leadership more difficult than it has to be. Leadership is about influence and relationships.  Leadership Is Simple.

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu says it this way, “When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.” Simply put, it was simple.

Is leadership that simple?  Share your thoughts and experiences with leadership being made more difficult than it had to be.

The Ripple Effect

I remember when I was a young child I used to enjoy throwing rocks in a pond near my home and I was always amazed at how that one little rock could send ripples throughout this huge body of water. As I’ve gotten older I’ve seen the ripple effect of good/bad decisions, good/bad coaches, good/bad investments, good/bad leaders and the list goes on and on. The ripple effect is all around us and some ripples are larger than others. Let’s take a look at a ripple.

The Setting: The middle of the vast open-land in Tanzania where the Maasai Tribe resides. Small home/hut made of mud, leaves, vines and trees. Imagine the most national geographic, late night infomercial w/ flies buzzing around image that you can conjure up.

The Story: 14 year-old Saruni (shown standing in the door of his home… mother to the right) who stands 6’1” becomes a part of compassion child development project TZ-505 and gets a sponsor. He walks several miles each way to school and attends both church and school at the same place the compassion project is located. Saruni grows in his understanding of the Lord and gives his life to Christ. He influences his sisters by his change and they become Christians as well. Mom eventually becomes a Christian and the father is the only non-Christian in the immediate family.

The Ripple Effect: Saruni becomes a part of Compassion International; a sponsor invests 5 quarters a day into his family, education and life. Saruni becomes a Christian and the Ripple Effect is Saruni’s entire family with the exception of his father will spend life on the other side of this earth with Sweet Jesus. Saruni’s mother’s #1 prayer is for her husband’s salvation and for him to one day become a Christian.

Saruni’s “dream Big think Bigger” mindset is to one day become a Doctor and to positively impact his country. The Ripple Effect of someone just like you and I investing 5 quarters a day into the life of a Tanzanian Child, A Tanzanian Family, A Tanzanian Community, a Tanzanian Tribe and The Kingdom of God is farther reaching than we know.

We will all make some kind of ripples… The type of ripples you make in your life, your family, your community and the lives of others are all based upon your decisions. Choose Wisely!

Throw 5 quarters a day in the pond of life, by choosing to sponsor a child from Tanzania and the Ripple Effect will go to the edge of the pond and beyond.

Share your thoughts on The Ripple Effect and the lasting impact of decisions.

Don’t Just Focus On Your Job… Focus On Your Dreams!

When it comes to work, life, achievement and success we have always been trained to “Focus On Your Job!” If you want to get better, you need to Focus On Your Job! I would agree that it’s important to give attention and priority to our jobs, as they are the primary source of paying the bills, providing for our families and fulfilling the mission of the organization we have committed ourselves to.

Additionally, I would argue that you “Shouldn’t Just Focus On Your Job!”  What I mean by this is I think it’s equally, if not more important for people to spend time focusing on their dreams. If you only focus on your job and not your dreams, I believe that you can squelch your inner creativity, energy, passion and zeal.

I have always encouraged those that have worked for me to spend time during their days, weeks and months focusing on their dreams. Sometimes that time would be within the workday and others would be outside of the workday. It’s not a matter of when you give time to your dreams, it’s a matter of giving your dreams some dedicated attention and focus.

As I look back at some of my employees I encouraged not to simply focus on their job, I can see the path of them chasing their dreams and those dreams becoming a reality. Several individuals whom worked for me when I was a young prison warden, are now business owners living out some of their dreams. One of those individuals operates one of the largest counseling agencies in the state of Oklahoma.

Theses particular individuals were all super-performers for our organization, while simultaneously spending time focus on the dreams and passions that God had placed inside of them. It was a Win-Win situation. I have seen this play out effectively with many individuals, on several different teams and in numerous types of environments.

I know this may seem like are asking individuals to slight their job or not give their priorities full attention. That’s not the case at all. It’s a simple matter of helping those on your team to be energized, motivated, encouraged, inspired and better by sipping from the inner fountain of their dreams.

This past week Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III RG3 was drafted as the 2nd pick overall by the Washington Redskins. RG3’s quote and advice to young people was this, “Don’t just chase your dream… Go catch your dream!” That applies to all of us, we have to go catch our dreams and that’s impossible to do, if we don’t give our dreams time, attention and focus.

Don’t just focus on your job… Focus on your dreams!

dream BIG. think BIGGER.

When Leaders Suffocate Their Staff

It always surprises me to see managers who suffocate their staff. By suffocating their staff, I’m referring to leaders who are unwilling to let their employees out of their grips for fear of losing the employee or losing control. These types of leaders are actually doing the exact opposite of what they are intending to do. This tight grip and suffocating behavior will reduce performance, squash creativity and inevitably cause employees to leave.

When I was a young Warden, my mentor and boss would frequently tell me this regarding my staff members. “Scott, hold onto your team loosely, because ultimately they are not yours to hold onto.” That statement has always stuck with me!

If we hold onto our employees loosely, they feel the freedom of the open hands which ultimately increases productivity and develops more leaders. This philosophy of encouraging your employees to “grow and go” will result in you losing some great ones from time to time. The great thing about leading with the open-handed mentality, is the fact that those you loose will always be quickly replenished.

On the other hand, the employer who plants a suffocating scarcity seed, won’t reap a scarce harvest. I have led several teams in which we lost key players to some higher impact roles; however every time they were replenished with some equally amazing team members without the team missing a beat.

Scarcity Mentality – Not enough good to go around vs. Abundance Mentality – There is more than enough great to go around.

If you are in an suffocating staff situation, encourage the leader to open their hands. If that doesn’t work, it may be time “to go and grow.”

Let Go! dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Share your thoughts and experiences with the suffocating approach.

Lakewood Worship Leader Born Without Ears Auditions On American Idol

Great illustration of how God, Faith & Focus will help you reach your God potential.

Share your thoughts on this video and how American Idol in general helps people reach their potential.

2 Characteristics Of Successful Entrepreneurs

en-tre-pre-neur: a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business,
usually with considerable initiative and risk.

Many people have a desire to become a flourishing entrepreneur; however only a small percentage are successful. Successful entrepreneurs exhibit 2 key characteristics: a.) They are willing to put forth considerable initiative  b.) They understand they can’t be successful without a willingness to take considerable risk.

Do you want to be a successful entrepreneur?  Get up, Step up, Show some initiative and be ready to take some considerable risk.

Is it really that simple?  Share your thoughts!

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