Do you have a dream?

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his &qu...

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963.

How big is your dream? Is it real enough to get you working on making it happen?

It’s 50 years ago this week since Martin Luther King delivered his ‘I have a dream speech’. It was a speech delivered with such passion and vivid imagery that it has gone down in history as one of the most memorable speeches ever made. Did you know, though, that the most famous passage was a last minute addition? Here it is:

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

What is your dream?

Do you have a dream? Can you paint a word picture of your dream? Can you communicate that vision with passion and get your loved ones to embrace it too? What is the next step that you need to take to make that dream a reality?

My friend Carole Ann’s dream was to appear on the BBC’s Woman’s Hour, a few weeks ago she realised her dream. Another friend, Christine, has a dream to live and work in France, she is currently negotiating on a property there and using her contacts to develop a business when she gets there. My daughter had a dream to get a first for her undergraduate dissertation and, having achieved her goal, has been invited to speak on the topic at a university conference.

These people were specific about their dream. They shared it with others and they made it happen.

My dream is to have a B&B come training centre where people will come to recharge their batteries and learn something new. Business people will come to develop their business ideas and turn them into plans. Individuals will come to learn a new hobby or skill. I’m planning to achieve that dream within the next five years when my children will have finished their education. Now I just have to get complete buy in from my husband!

Join the challenge!

If you have a dream you may need money to make it happen. To celebrate The Training Pack’s 21st birthday I’m launching a 21 day Make Money Challenge on September 21st, why not join us? Each day you will get one challenge delivered to your inbox. It will take between 20 minutes and an hour to complete that day’s challenge and at the end of the 21 days you will have a plan to make your financial target. This is not a get rich quick scheme but a specific way to grow your business or to make money for a good cause (even if that is swelling your own bank account!). There’s no charge. It is my gift to you to celebrate our 21 years in business. Just fill in your details below and we’ll send your first challenge on September 21st.

 

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