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Bob Marley - Why He Didn't Take a Day Off

Bob Marley

by Kris Deichler, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Have you ever been caught in a situation where you needed to make a difficult decision to stand up for what you believe in? They can be tough decisions, especially if we are worried about how others might react. We’ve all been there, but the danger is always that we make a choice based more on keeping others happy rather than what we believe is truly important to us. It reminds me of a tale of the late, great Bob Marley which has always inspired me...

In the 1970s there was a great deal of political unrest in Marley’s home country of Jamaica between the People’s National Party and the Jamaican Labour Party. It was a violent time and guns were rife on the island. In the midst of all the chaos, Bob Marley stood out for his musical success and international popularity and was naturally courted by both sides for his support. Marley, however, chose to remain neutral and instead promoted his principles of peace, love and understanding.

In December 1976 Marley’s home on Hope Road was raided by gunmen; he, his wife and manager were shot, Marley in the arm. The most remarkable and inspiring thing to this story is that despite his injuries, only two days later, he was back on stage at a free concert for 80,000 people. When questioned on this he is apparently quoted to have said...

“The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?”

Marley then did something equally remarkable...

"Bob had encouraged his Hope Road home in Kingston to become a 'safe house,' a neutral zone, in which youths caught up in the turmoil of the warring political factions could hang out and reason away from the old violent mindset."

What can we learn from this act of defiance? Legends often become legends because they feel very strongly about what is important to them and are willing to face criticism, hatred and more to stand up for what they believe in. Legends know that they can't please everyone and even expect that some people will hate them at times, yet, it's through that strong belief and compulsion to fight for what is right that they earn massive trust and respect from others.

Here’s a powerful clip of a Legends Report regular Will Smith in the movie I am Legend (an apt title!), recounting the same story as above...

You can read the full article here...

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Learning From Legends...

    What are the social causes that you feel most passionate about? (Tick your top three)

    PeaceLoveEqualityFairnessFreedomCivil rightsPovertyInjusticePrivacyFree speech


    And why?

    Bob Marley image courtesy of Jason H. Smith @ Flickr