This week the world pauses to remember the amazingly talented and courageous Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a man often quoted for his “I have a dream” speech. What do you think Dr. King’s top 5 strengths were?
Here’s my guess:
Communication – nothing stopped him from communicating his vision, not even jail. He moved mountains of people with his communication talent.
Belief – oh, that man believed in himself and mankind, and he lived his belief system. Courage in action.
Strategic – he could connect seemingly disparate dots to create a movement
Connectedness – his vision was about all people – race, creed, country of origin was irrelevant
Responsibility – it was wrong to discriminate. It violated his belief system and sense of connectedness
These strengths (and others!) allowed him to form his dream, and shape his dream job. He used his talents every day, all day. It is what made him immensely effective and attractive (we are drawn to people who know themselves and are committed to their vision.)
Do you think he was ever discouraged? Of course. We all are, sometimes. However, Dr. King was engaged in his work because it was what he did best – and he never stopped pursing it, even against awful odds and events. His commitment to his dream created an experience for his followers that was irresistible. He totally filled a gap in the universe!
I have two questions for you and I invite you to post your thoughts the comments.
- Can you describe your dream job and the role of your strengths in that dream job? I’ve posted mine here – come share yours with us!
- What strengths in action to do you see in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Add your voice here.
Let us be inspired by Dr. King. Let us endeavor to leverage our strengths, connect our dream jobs to our day jobs with passion and hope, and fill a gap in the universe. After all, that is what we are here for. What do you think?