Dr. King’s full quote from that day at Spelman College (Arril 1960) is as follows, and is worth hearing again, as we open a new decade 80 years later.
“Keep moving, for it may well be that the greatest song has not yet been sung, the greatest book has not been written, the highest mountain has not been climbed. This is your challenge! Reach out and grab it… but there is something we can learn from the broken grammar of that mother, that we must keep moving. If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means, keep moving.”
You are not a true entrepreneur until you have been to the brink of failure and come back. That adversity makes the entrepreneur stronger, just like fire forges steel. However, it is in the heart of every entrepreneur to “keep moving”. The vast majority of our clients are entrepreneurs. As we looked for an appropriate passage today to honor MLK day, from a library so vast (thank you Google), this message above all spoke to me, as being most important to our clients, and to us, as they overcome adversity to grow their own businesses.
Dr. King, of course, understood tremendous adversity and stood against injustice, but his words have such authenticity that they apply in all the things that are important in life.
Dr. King, we thank you for all you stood for.