January 18, 2016

Motivation Monday: Martin Luther King Jr.

"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase."

Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist, who focused on nonviolent civil disobedience. He was also a Baptist minister, an academic, and a humanitarian.

Fun Facts about Martin Luther King Jr.:
  • Was named Michael King after his father, but when MLK Jr was about five, his father changed both of their names to Martin Luther in honor of the religious reformer. 
  • In high school, he became known for his public speaking abilities and joined the debate team.
  • Had a PhD in theology from Boston University.  
  • In April 1968, at 39 years old, King was assassinated by a sniper's bullet while standing on a balcony outside his hotel room, but his actions led to many changes in legislation, and he is still known as the greatest leader of the civil rights movement. 
So What?
This quote can apply to so many millions of things. Restricting it to writers, it can apply to writing the first pages of a book you're not sure about. Sending out a query, not knowning whether it will be rejected. Signing with an agent you hope won't let you down. Deciding to self-publish and put your work out in the world.

Every step of the process is a step of bravery, out into the unknown. A tiny step when you can't see whether there's even a staircase there at all. Do it anyway. Step outside of your comfort zone. Having the faith to take the first step is what turns normal people into great ones.

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