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He had every reason to burn with anger. 

He used the anger that burned inside of him to inspire a nation. 

He changed the course of history, through a message that resonated with any person of decent moral character.

And his powerful example could inspire you today. 

Dr. Martin Luther King changed a nation through his powerful message, peaceful character, and steadfast determination to stand up for what he believed in. 

Today, take a few moments to let these thoughts inspire you to accomplish things that matter deeply in your sphere of influence. 

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. "
Thousands of businesses follow the crowd. Today, how can you set yourself apart? A passionate conviction that you're providing something valuable elevates your business. Are you driven to solve problems people desperately want solved? Only then will you become a molder of consensus.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
What matters most to you? Don't shove aside what matters most to you for what seems urgent. Speak up. Speak out. Stand up for yourself and for what you believe is right. No one else will do this for you.

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
Commit today to giving your best effort every day. Find something important to pour your heart into - something that matters. Pour your life into something big that you care deeply about, and watch what happens. The fire that fuels a life of joy is a big enough "why." 

Today, think about your "why." Is it big enough?

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Stand your ground when the heat comes. Allow the examples of people like Dr. King to make you think differently about what's possible. Give yourself permission to dream big dreams and chase those dreams. When the storms come, allow those dreams to give you the courage to stand firm.

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
What would today be like, if every thought you entertained created positive momentum? 

Sometimes, it's right to get mad. But what are you going to do about it? How can you use the situation as a lesson to propel you forward? What can you improve? Who can help? How can you make it the way you want it? 

Today, will you choose love instead of hate? Will you choose to do something about it, instead of complaining about the way it ought to be?

Choose to be inspired. Choose to act inspired. Choose to inspire those around you. Your attitude and actions could change the culture of your business, your family, and your community.

You might even change the course of an entire nation. 

Your turn: what inspires you? What quote, thought, question, or idea could you share, that would inspire someone who reads this after you? Now's your chance to leave your mark. Share it in the comments below. 

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01/23/2013 1:05pm

Excellent and encouraging. Thank you. I collect quotes that I like because they can help give you a push when you need it. I also put a new one up on my pages each month. Keep writing.

01/23/2013 7:39pm

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the comment. I love quotes that make me feel inspired. I have to look in the mirror and ask, "Am I doing anything with that inspiration?"

People like Dr. King inspire me about what is possible when we let our inspiration move our feet into action.

01/25/2013 5:53pm

LOOVE this one I learned doing AmeriCorps: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

01/25/2013 6:00pm

So true, Willi. Excellent share.

You don't need a big crowd to make a big difference. If your cause is big enough and you come from a place of love, the big crowds will follow you anyway.

Just look at Dr. King's example.


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