“What is your life’s blueprint”


by Burt Dubin on March 22, 2011

“What is your life’s Blueprint”

1. This is the second in my series about great speakers from the past.

One of the privileges of being a speaker is our opportunity to share our vision of the possible . . . to lift spirits, to inspire and to motivate . . .

A couple issues back I wrote about Demosthenes.   I admire him . . . partly for his iron resolve to defeat his demons and develop his ability to make himself an orator . . . and partly for his vivid example of devotion to personal integrity.

Demosthenes lived about 2400 years ago.

2. In this issue you discover insights about another speaker . . . a larger than life hero whose dedication to liberate disenfranchised people of color cost him his life.

He was Dr. Martin Luther King.   He was a model of the possible for all people.   His closing words in one of his speeches are particularly applicable to speakers:

“And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it.   Don’t just set out to do a good job.  Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better.

“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music,  sweep streets like Leontyne Price sang before the Metropolitan Opera.   Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry.  Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.

“If you can’t be a pine at the  top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley.  But be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.

“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.  If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail.   If you can’t be a sun, be a star.  For it isn’t by size that you win or fail.  Be the best of whatever you are.”

3. All of us who speak for a living cannot be a world-famous high-earning keynoter.  And all of us can give the universe of lives we touch the best, the very best we have in us.

We can research diligently the industry in which our audience members work.  We can share wisdom about the strengths they can engage to move up in their world, the  weaknesses they are to work to overcome, the personal growth opportunities they have. . . and the strategies they can use to create a better life for themselves.

OK, you may not have the flaming passion of Dr. Martin Luther King.   You do, however, have unique ability, your personal unique ability.

Do you remember the song, “It’s what you do with what you got, and never mind how much you got that pays off in the end.”

When you research and develop your programs with all your heart, when you go the extra mile to awaken a sense of the possible in the minds and hearts of your audience members, when you give every audience the very best you have in you, you do a whole lot more than earn your fee . . .

As Dr. Martin Luther King did, you earn your personal place in the pantheon of noble speakers.

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