Martin Luther King Jr: The Promise to Be You

As a kid growing up in Utah, Martin Luther King, Jr. became one of my childhood heroes when I first remember our teacher playing a recording of his “I Have a Dream” speech in class.



What I recall from that speech, as a little boy, was Dr. King’s emphasis on the fact that we are all children of God, equally, and have a right, and a place, to be who we are on this earth, no matter how we look, no matter what others think.

He once said, “You will change your mind; You will change your looks; You will change your smile, laugh, and ways, but no matter what you change, you will always be you.”


The Promise to “Be You”, and especially, to be the BEST you, is not emphasized enough anywhere.

That’s why I talk about it so much.

Last week I sat with award-winning teachers, helping them struggle through the exercise of “Identifying their Signature Moves” with the proven process of IDENTIFY, CLARIFY, MAGNIFY, and define The Promise to themselves.

It is a painful and somewhat foreign process for all of us to go through, this idea of embracing our strengths, as I have workshopped and led team building exercises with CEO’s, top performing salesmen, and even children, but it’s essential to understanding what we bring.

To emphasize the greatness that naturally comes with us, as children of God, to bless the world with what makes us powerful, unique, incredible, and eventually EFFECTIVE and even LEGENDARY LEADERS… well, I feel that is my calling in this world.

And so, to honor Dr. King, and the good that he did, as well as to celebrate the beauty that is the individual who is brave enough to live a life of EXTRA-ordinary courage, while all of the other blogs you’ll read this week, and rightly so, emphasize those that have stood for justice and rights, for which we should be so grateful, I would like to continue to bring it to your attention this fact:


Keep The Promise to The One – which is YOU.


Dr. King, Mr. Rogers, Jesus, Buddah, daVinci, Shakespeare…they all preached it.

Let’s celebrate the greatness that is you, your individuality, your beauty, your power, your leadership, your life and the fullness with which you live it this day in honor of the Legends who preached it before.

2 Videos and a story of my favorite in-the-news examples of BE YOU from the year so far – enjoy the first one, which just went viral this week.  And then, watch the second video, which is the story behind the discovery of Katelyn’s powerful journey to embracing who she is despite what everyone was telling her.  It will completely knock you out:

Katelyn Ohashi

Viral Video of her astoundingly incredible floor routine, enhanced by her joy of performing and living her greatness:


This video explains why you may not have heard of Katelyn until the viral video above, even when she was considered the best in the world, as well as the struggle of what others say, the challenge to embrace who we are, even when she beat future olympians, this story will inspire you beyond belief to embrace who you are meant to be and accepting The Promise to “Be You!”:



Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world.  His primary message, The Promise, is the philosophy for “Becoming Legendary Leaders”, meaning every person in your organization is a Leader.  His presentations are intended to provoke you, not just inspire.  You will be entertained by one of the most celebrated performers of the past 20 years in Jason’s uncanny performance of music and comedy, while equally discovering your personal differentiator, uniqueness, leadership qualities, and how to improve workplace enjoyment while driving sales to legendary heights, called your Signature Moves.

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2 thoughts on “Martin Luther King Jr: The Promise to Be You”

  1. This reminds me of Mr Rogers and one of my favorite quotes of his.
    “You made this day a special day by just being you. There’s no person in the world who is like you. And I like you just the way you are.”

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