If A Man Is Called A Street Sweeper

“If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Martin Luther King Jr.


Many of us are currently doing a job we didn’t choose to do. Most obvious reason is the lack of alternative. Well, learning from this quote from one of the greatest leaders to have ever walked on this planet, we should put efforts in whatever we do, regardless of the position we find ourselves.

Are you a sweeper, gardener, driver, nanny or security guard? Maybe it’s not what you want for yourself, but the most important thing at the moment is that you do it with all your heart.

That job could be an opportunity for you to develop yourself, to work on your character, to get you ready for something bigger.

Imagine a would-be actor who has never taken a role in any movie before. Yet he turns down small movie roles, waiting for the day he would land a big role. A day that may never come. What if he accepted the smaller roles and gave exceptional performances as if he is the lead actor. Who knows who might be watching the movie. Maybe someone who will be impressed by his performance and will decide to give him a big role.

In any position you find yourself, make the best out of it and it might just be the stepping stone you need to get to greater heights.