We areWe arechallenged onchallenged onevery hand toevery hand towork untiringlywork untiringlyto achieveto achieveexcellence in ourexcellence in ourlifework.lifework.
Not all men are called to specialized or professionalNot all men are called to specialized or professionaljobs; even fewer rise to the heights of genius injobs; even fewer rise to the heights of genius inthe arts and sciences; many are called to bethe arts and sciences; many are called to belaborers in factories, fields, and streets.laborers in factories, fields, and streets.
But no work is insignificant.But no work is insignificant.All labor that uplifts humanity has dignityAll labor that uplifts humanity has dignityand importance, and should be undertakenand importance, and should be undertakenwith painstaking excellence.with painstaking excellence.
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he shouldIf a man is called to be a street sweeper, he shouldsweep even as Michelangelo painted, orsweep even as Michelangelo painted, orBeethoven composed music, or ShakespeareBeethoven composed music, or Shakespearewrote poetry.wrote poetry.
He should sweep streetsHe should sweep streetsso well that all the hostsso well that all the hostsof heaven and earth willof heaven and earth willpause to say, “Here livedpause to say, “Here liveda great street sweepera great street sweeperwho did his job well.”who did his job well.”
By:By:Martin Luther King, Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr.