Family – Big Is The New Small http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com dream BIG. think BIGGER. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:01:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.7 45 Retweetable and Shareable #MLK Quotes http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2016/01/18/45-retweetable-and-shareable-mlk-quotes/ http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2016/01/18/45-retweetable-and-shareable-mlk-quotes/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:14:48 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=12091

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!

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The Power Of “Not Yet” http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2015/02/06/the-power-of-not-yet/ Fri, 06 Feb 2015 13:01:36 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=12015

Understanding the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.

From TED: “Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.”

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Your Choices Really Do Matter http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2015/01/07/your-choices-really-do-matter/ Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:31:28 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=11993 Choices2

Every choice that you make has significance.

Every decision that you make will lead you to a different crossroads.

Don’t take your ability to choose for granted.

Don’t overlook the beauty of being able to breathe.

Don’t put your dreams on the back-burner.

Don’t give your loved ones second best.

Your choices really do matter.

Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself this question:

Do I really like the choices that I’m making.

Your Choices Really Do Matter.

~SW

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How To Know When Your Life Is Out Of Focus http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2014/06/23/how-to-know-when-your-life-is-out-of-focus/ Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:20:02 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=11819 going out of focusOften times the key to a successful life is when things are in proper perspective and proper focus. I’m not talking about balance, I’m talking about focus and priorities. Focusing on God, Family and Everything Else — In that order. On the flip-side, the shortest route to failure is a life that gets out of focus.

How Do You Know When Your Life Is Out Of Focus?

When you begin to ask yourself questions like, “Why am I feeling this way?”, “Why doesn’t this feel right?” “Why do I feel like I’m going nowhere” and “Is my life out of focus?”

You will know your life is out of focus:

When you begin to focus more on what “so and so” is or isn’t doing than focussing on what you need to do.

When your work gets more time and attention than your family.

When your cup is always half empty.

When you can’t seem to find peace.

There are many signs and symptoms that your life is out of focus, the key is taking the time to ask the tough questions. Ask your family, ask your friends and take a hard look in the mirror and ask yourself “Am I Focused On The Things That Matter?”

Embrace the journey, stay focused and you will reach a proper destination.

 

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You Thought That You Were Succeeding But You Actually Failed Big Time http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2014/06/05/you-thought-that-you-were-succeeding-but-you-actually-failed-big-time/ Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:41:38 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=11796 fail4Things are looking good, your career is on the rise, you have a young family, nice house, nice cars and success might as well be tattooed across your forehead. The status of your social media profiles simply read “succeeding.” You are in the who’s who, 40 under 40 and your latest promotion has you slated to be the next bigger thing.

While you are busy succeeding, your children are busy growing and you don’t even realize it. While you are busy succeeding, you are not spending quality time with your spouse.

Time is fading and your success is clouding your ability to see what’s happening. Not only are you looking past what’s happening, the intoxicating nature of your perceived success is allowing you to justify your absence and lack of focus on the things that really do matter.

Time is passing and success is continuing to knock on your door.

Due to unexpected events and circumstances, you’re forced to pause long enough to reflect upon what you had been perceiving as success.

Suddenly, you realize.

You Thought That You Were Succeeding But You Actually Failed Big Time.

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Kevin Durant NBA MVP Acceptance Speech – The Best Acceptance Speech In The History Of The Award http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2014/05/07/kevin-durant-nba-mvp-acceptance-speech-the-best-acceptance-speech-in-the-history-of-the-award/ Wed, 07 May 2014 12:51:13 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=11737

By far the best acceptance speech in the history of the MVP Award. Kevin Durant started by thanking God, he displayed humility, he never focused on himself, he gave personal credit to every single team member and coach, he reflected on the past, he talked about hard work and sacrifice, he shared stories, he made a special note to talk about Westbrook, he gave his mother the credit due and he ended with thanking God last. God is Alpha and Omega.

As a proud member of the Oklahoma City community and Oklahoma City family, I’m glad Kevin Durant is a part of our framily plan. Seriously this guy is a great example and as he stated, “He uses basketball as a platform to inspire others.”

This video is a must watch for anyone that leads, has children, has a desire to succeed or if you just need to cry some tears of joy.

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The #1 Reason The Marriages Of Church Leaders Are Failing http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2014/02/07/the-1-reason-the-marriages-of-church-leaders-are-failing/ Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:33:42 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=11577

It’s sad to hear about marriages failing, it’s sadder to hear about Christian marriages failing and it’s the saddest to hear about the marriages of Ministry LEaders failing. Real Talk!

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You Don’t Have All The Answers http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2014/01/06/you-dont-have-all-the-answers/ Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:06:12 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=11512 answersOften times we never get the opportunity to engage in our full life potential, due to the fact that we find ourselves standing still at the starting line. We never take off and dive into the races of our dreams, opportunities and potential, simply because we are worried that we aren’t prepared enough, good enough and we don’t have all of the answers.

We begin telling ourselves the little lies that lead to big mental roadblocks. Our self-talk sounds like this: “There is no way we could start that business, pursue that degree, take that promotion, change that career or step into our dreams and destiny because we don’t know enough, aren’t good enough and we don’t have all of the answers.”

The best thing you can do is simply look at yourself in the mirror and repeat these words, “You Don’t Have All The Answers” and be okay with it. So What! You don’t have all of the answers, you will figure it out along the way. No successful person had all of the answers when they began down the road of success.

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” ~T.S. Eliot

Nope you don’t have all the answers, but if you want to find out your true potential, you have to step out to find out.

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Extremely Awesome and Touching Video Moment Of Will Smith and Uncle Phil http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2014/01/03/extremely-awesome-and-touching-video-moment-of-will-smith-and-uncle-phil/ Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:11:16 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=11506

James Avery aka “Uncle Phil” played the roll of Will Smith’s Uncle in the awesome series “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.” James Avery died on New Years Eve at the age of 68 in a Los Angeles from what has been stated as compliments from an open heart surgery.

This clip here is one of the best acting pieces ever by Will Smith and and James Avery. Emotion, authenticity, relevant, believable, touching, educational… all in about 3 minutes. This is a great clip to watch as a parent, a fan of the Fresh Prince and someone who appreciates the awesomeness of television shows from this era that were ahead of their times.

Watch, Enjoy, Share and RIP Uncle Phil/

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How To Effectively Manage Your Time In 2014 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2013/12/31/how-to-effectively-manage-your-time-in-2014/ http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2013/12/31/how-to-effectively-manage-your-time-in-2014/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:57:05 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=11492

Here is a video that I put together awhile ago about managing your time. I thought it could be a good reminder as you launch into 2014. cheers

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