Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is undoubtedly one of the greatest preachers. Today we celebrate his dream becoming reality. It is not only an inspiration to preachers and activists, but also to anyone with big dreams. Our community is all about dreams—entreprenurial dreams. So, here are a few MLK quotes that every woman entrepreneur can use to for inspiration as they pursue their entrepreneurial dream.

Be Fearless

 “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

A woman entrepreneur has no room to let fear dictate her entrepreneurial journey. You may be afraid, but you have to let your faith in yourself and your business move you forward. Faith is the key to moving forward even though you only have a glimpse of yourself as a successful entrepreneur. You may not be able to see every detail of how you will make a living off of your dream, but don’t let the fear of not seeing it stop you from jumping. Jump out there! Pick one thing you find scary as an entrepreneur and do it. Be fearless in your business in some way today.

Don’t Lose Hope in the Face of a Setback

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” 

Every entrepreneur faces setbacks. You’ve probably hit a few setbacks yourself as you try to build your dream empire. Disappointment is to be expected, but you have to believe it’s temporary. Momentary. A quick notation in your entrepreneurial journey that you will probably forget as time passes.

Don’t give up on your business idea because one product didn’t work or because you found yourself not earning enough money. In fact, it’s almost taboo for entrepreneurs to admit that they had to go back to a 9 to 5 because they needed the money. The setback to not running your business full time is disappointing, but as this King quote reminds us we are not locked into that experience. The human psyche naturally is hopeful, so feed your hopefulness. Find inspirational quotes and put stickies up on your bathroom mirror. Create a music playlist that you rock out to. Send a prayer up or even send me over a prayer request.

Keep Moving when the Bumps in the Road Happen

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

We’ve already talked about setbacks. The bumps in the road happen. Just know when they hit you have to keep it moving. It’s tempting to sulk, cry, pack up your dream business and lock it away. Don’t! In the moments you feel like you can barely make it, know that even small steps forward are still movement in a positive direction.

Be a Unique Voice

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

The most successful businesses don’t mimic other businesses. Instead, they create a unique voice that helps them stand out in the market. They offer products or services that don’t exist. And if the industry already exists they find a way to enter it with a twist that responds in a different way.

A business has to innovate. Many businesses seemed crazy at one point. If you believe in your business, then present it in a unique way that speaks to your audience. Help them believe in your business as much as you do. Going against the grain is a requirement for any woman entrepreneur.

Going against the grain is a requirement for any woman entrepreneur. Strive to not to fit in. Stand out and shine big enough that others have no choice but to buy into the vision. 

Make Your Mark

“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

Some people get into business for an extra check, others to be a boss, others because it’s trendy to be an entrepreneur. I don’t knock anyone for their why. But I do say you should be making your mark in the world through your business. Do it with such excellence, grace and love that your clients leave impressed. They should leave feeling like there was no other business that could have done as great a job as you did.

Impacted clients not only return, but they spread the word about your business. Take some time this week and consider is your business leaving its mark?

As a woman entrepreneur, where do you find the most inspiration?