1. Be bold with your dreams.
Never apologize for setting high standards for yourself.
2. Never limit yourself.
Ignore people that tell you that you can’t accomplish something. You have the potential to accomplish great things.
3. Know that you can be the change that needs to happen.
You and you alone are enough to create positive change. And through your actions, you can inspire others to make positive change.
4. Be sure to lift up others as you climb.
As you make history, break barriers and inspire others, don’t forget to leave a roadmap so that others can follow your guide to success.
5. There will be roadblocks.
Change is never easy. MLK was arrested and abused during his fight for equality. There will always be obstacles in your way and you have to be willing to overcome the hardships.
7. Never compromise your morals.
The road to success isn’t necessarily the easiest route. Having higher standards might mean that the route you take is more challenging. Stick to who you are and what you know is right. Don’t let the easy way to success tempt you to compromise those high standards.
8. Power without compassion is wasted.
MLK was a great example of a compassionate leader. He put the needs of others ahead of his own. Use your power to empower others.
9. Have faith in yourself and those around you.
Surround yourself with people that inspire you and never be afraid to surround yourself with people that are smarter than you. Stay humble and know you can learn something from everyone.
10. You must work for results and never expect anything to be handed to you.
MLK could have stayed home and watched the revolution, but he instead decided to be a leader and create results. If you want change, create it. If you want success, work for it. If you want to be a leader, lead and make others want to follow you.
Donteako “Don” Wilson is an insurance broker and community leader from Charleston, West Virginia. He is the former chairman of Generation Charleston and is also a board member of Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley, African American Philanthropy in Action, FestivAll, Keep Your Faith Corporation and East End Main Street. He is married to Victoria Wilson. They have two children – Gabrielle, 6, and Jonathan, 4.
Like party favors, but for your brain. Enjoy these weekly goodies including viral videos, interesting articles, curated playlists, and more!
- LISTEN: We pulled these tunes from Don’s brain this week.
- WATCH: “Remember, things don’t always have to be the way they are. We can change them.”
- VIEW: Rare photos of MLK at home.