4 Lessons on Life from Dr. Martin Luther King

Today we celebrate the life of American hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s life, however short, was a perfect example of living out loud and leaving no stone unturned. His legacy teaches us that our lives are to be lived intentionally, without regret. He took action on what he believed in, and his courage and diligence has inspired many leaders, risk-takers, and dreamers to do the same.

Here are four lessons on living that Martin Luther King exemplified.

Live your dreams.

Dr. King was best known for his 1963 March on Washington speech, “I Have a Dream.” Despite all the obstacles he faced, he never gave up on his dream and died in its pursuit.

We all have dreams, big dreams! Sometimes the things in life that seem insurmountable are really not obstacles at all but our own excuses for not taking action. Let’s don’t get to the end our lives with dreams still in our hearts. Start taking action today to live life to the fullest! Whatever you are dreaming up, it’s worth pursuing.

Embrace your fears.

Martin Luther King was a man of courage, standing up to his fears day after day. He once said, “Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles.”

Fear is that four-letter word that can stop us dead in our tracks if we allow it. We all have fear; that’s a given. If we embrace that fear and choose to do what scares us in spite of the fear, we will experience massive growth. Taking risks are always scary, but the pay-off is huge.

Don’t give up.

King stated, “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King reminds us never to give up, no matter what the circumstances are.

There will always be outside conditions telling us why we should give up, but we are stronger than any circumstance. We are capable of much more than we ever give ourselves credit for.

Turn setbacks into opportunities.

Dr. King’s home was bombed, he was arrested many times, and he was subjected to constant harassment and violence. In spite of this, he used each setback as his next motivation to take action.

There will be times when life feels difficult and when reaching our dreams seems impossible. These are the times of greatest learning when we can take a look at our setbacks and re-evaluate a new course.

Our dreams are far too important to allow anything to get in our way of achieving them. When we feel like we just can’t move forward another inch toward our dreams, let’s remember Dr. King. If he could do it, there is no reason why we can’t!

What dream of yours is so important you are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it? That is the one to pay attention to.


I'm Grace, a certified transformational life coach who specializes in helping people who are at a crossroads in their life or career discover their unique, authentic self-expression in the world, so they can finally start living the life they know deep in their hearts they are meant to live! Author of the Amazon ebook, Live the Life of Your Dreams by Doing Work You Love, you can also find my articles on the Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Mind Body Green, Lifehack, Good Men Project, and many other online publications.

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