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By Sheronda Grooms | January 11, 2024

Don't Forget Your Dream: Pursuing Passion, Purpose, and Change

Dreams only come true if you act on them. So, what will your first step be? 

In the fabric of our existence lies a thread that weaves through the tapestry of our dreams; the aspirations that light the fire within us, urging us to pursue our passions and find our purpose. This pursuit isn’t just a personal journey. It's a collective call to action, echoing the resounding words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who dared us to dream, not just for ourselves but for a better world.

Dr. King, a beacon of hope and justice, spoke passionately about his dream of equality, of unity, of a world where individuals were judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. His dream was a catalyst for change, a rallying cry that sparked movements and awakened a collective conscience.

We each hold a dream within us, an ember waiting to ignite. Sometimes life's demands drown it out, leaving us stranded in the monotony of routines. Yet, deep down, that dream still flickers, waiting for us to fan it into flames.

Finding your passion isn't always a straightforward journey. It's a maze of experiences, trials, and self-discovery. But within this maze lies the joy of uncovering what truly drives you – what sets your soul on fire. It's about discovering that thing, whether it’s art, science, social justice, or entrepreneurship, that makes us feel alive, purposeful, and connected to something bigger than ourselves.

Living your passion isn't just about personal fulfillment; it's a commitment to making a difference. It’s about leveraging your skills and enthusiasm to contribute positively to the world, just as Dr. King did. He didn't merely speak his dream; he took action, marching alongside others, and facing adversity with unwavering determination.

We live in a world hungry for change, compassion, progress, and understanding – and it starts with each of us embracing our dreams and channeling them into action. It's the artist painting to evoke emotions, the scientist seeking solutions to global challenges, the activist advocating for justice, and the entrepreneur innovating for a better tomorrow. Each of these endeavors plays a significant role in the collective tapestry of change.

But pursuing our dreams requires courage. The courage to step outside our comfort zones, the courage to face failures and setbacks, and the courage to persist despite the odds. Dr. King once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” It's a reminder that our dreams may seem distant or unattainable but taking that first step is crucial.

So, let's not forget our dreams. Let's nurture them, let's pursue them with eagerness, and let's strive to make our world a better place through our passion and purpose. Let's honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by not just dreaming but by working tirelessly to turn those dreams into reality.

The world is waiting for your dream. What will you do to make it become your reality?


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Sheronda Grooms
Sheronda Grooms

Sheronda Grooms is currently the Sr. Procurement Manager at Zebra where she is responsible for leading a team of procurement professionals managing indirect spend for travel, marketing, professional services, and human resources. Sheronda has more than 10 years of experience within the indirect procurement industry and has been at Zebra for over six years. 

Sheronda holds a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Argosy University. She also serves as the Communications Director for Zebras of African Descent (ZAD), one of Zebra’s Inclusion Networks. 

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