Today, we celebrate the anniversary of a speech that was significant to the growth and development of our nation. It’s a phenomenal thing to consider that John F. Kennedy’s speech was so memorable and inspiring that we are still talking about it 50 years later.
It is our job to play not just a role, but a significant role so that the things we do today will show significance tomorrow, next year and maybe even in 2061. Let’s come together – not just as colleagues and businesspeople, but as a nation and a world. Let us individually build our character and work ethic so that we can continue to grow, help others and benefit mankind.
I feel like this speech was written for everyone who hopes and dreams. And quite frankly, that is every person. I am blessed enough to get to work in an industry I love where I truly believe that I can benefit others and enhance lives – perhaps it’s through great customer service or a well-executed event plan, but it allows me to work hard, give back and provide something of value for other individuals.
None of us are perfect. Our businesses aren’t perfect. Our nation isn’t perfect. But it’s our job to work hard, come together and make it better. Here are a few excerpts of Kennedy’s speech I enjoy the most, and I hope you, as readers, enjoy it just as well!
“So let us begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”
“Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.”
“All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”