Six months before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked a group of students “What is your life’s blueprint?” He told them that number one in that blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity and your worth. “Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you’re nobody. Always feel that your life has ultimate significance.
“Achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. As the years unfold what you will do in life, set out to do it well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best at whatever you are.
“As Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, said in a lecture in 1871, “If a man can write a better book or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, the world will make a beaten path to his door.”