One of the all time greatest speeches is “I Have a Dream.” In Dr. King’s speech he eloquently speaks about how great society will be when people start to embrace one another and accept our differences. On this day, when we honor the memory of Dr. King’s dream, I’d like to share with you my D.R.E.A.M: Determination, Realization, Evaluation, Appreciation, and Motivation.
Determination is needed to be successful in life. Those who flourish in their careers are determined to be successful and take the appropriate steps to achieve success. Your level of success is often equivalent to your level of determination. Don’t let those around you deter you from being successful.
Realization is also important to leading a successful life. We have to “realize” our own potential and decide that we will be successful.
Evaluation ensures that you are being realistic in your approach and consistently examining your strengths and weaknesses. You should know where you are strong and identify areas where you can use additional training or growth. Evaluation will help you with the realization of your potential.
Appreciation means acknowledging your accomplishments and recognizing individuals that bring a positive energy into your life. This positivity is necessary to fulfill your D.R.E.A.M. Some underestimate the importance of appreciation, but don’t neglect those around you who help you get to where you are… They may be the same people who help you overcome new challenges down the road.
Motivation is the push that we all need to achieve our goals. In order to accomplish what we set out to accomplish, how motivated you are may make all the difference in whether or not you are successful.
Remember, Dr. King started with a dream and a vision, and because of his hard work, that dream is becoming a reality. Your D.R.E.A.M is attainable as well. Just try to understand where you are in life and take steps to make progress toward accomplishing goals.
Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.