The world we know is changing at a tremendous pace. The busy and chaotic lives have led people to be more rational and less sensitive to the needs of the world. Yet, in this scenario, there are some people, that stand out, who have been an inspiration to many. Listed below are some inspirational stories of people that have fought back to achieve more in life.
Born in a place where girls are deprived of education, Malala rose to fame following her activist movements against the Taliban and promoting female education. Though she was shot at, the young girl remains strong in her endeavour to educate women. She is the youngest Nobel Prize winner and has consistently been voted in the Times Top 100 influential people of the world.
The American talk show host, most popularly known for ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is more than just a media star. She was born into a poor family, neglected by her parents and raised by her grandmother who had no money to provide for daily needs. She was raped by her family members at the young age of nine, gave birth to a son by fourteen and was victim to stealing money. Yet, she was determined to make a mark and took education as a priority. She later went on to host numerous shows and is now the richest person in the African-American origin.
This person requires no introduction. The individual, who revolutionized the computer industry with its unique designs and technology, Jobs has been an inspirational figure to many. Abandoned by his biological parents, he was educated by his adopted parents. At a certain point in his career, he was thrown out of his own company. These setbacks did not discourage him, rather he fought his way back to being one of the world’s most iconic figure.
Born in Skopje, which in modern day would fall under the republic of Macedonia, this beautiful girl chose to live the life of missionaries. She left her home at the age of eighteen, and moved to Ireland and later India. She started by educating the children in Darjeeling. However, her true calling was when she travelled from Darjeeling to Calcutta and was disturbed by the poverty surrounding the place. She gave up everything to care for the less fortunate. Her work is continued even to this day, making her an inspirational icon for many.
Known for his flamboyant lifestyle, Richard is more than just a wealthy entrepreneur. His initial struggles with the recording studio that he set up and the various controversies that he was subjected to, were just stepping stones to his success. He is also known for his philanthropy work and is the receiver of many awards.
Being voted as the most beautiful girl in the world and the highest paid actress in America, has not stopped Angelina from being humanitarian. She strongly advocates on behalf of refugees and is active in promoting conservation and education. She is also known for adopting children from less fortunate countries. Her humanitarian activities have led her to win many honorary titles.
The executive chairman of Alibaba group, Jack is considered to be the richest man in China. However, his success goes back to the time when he would go to hotels and converse with foreigners to learn English. He failed the University exam thrice, but was passionate about English and later graduated with major in English. He was introduced to a computer at the age of 33 and was sure that the Internet would help him succeed in his career.
Frustrated by the dull clothing of active wear available for women, Lorna decided to design her own range of clothing. This has been quite a success and the Lorna Jane outlets are now available worldwide. Her clothing inspires women to live active and healthy lifestyle. As a fitness instructor, she has started the move nourish believe program that encourages women to exercise, eat and rejuvenate in a healthy manner.
The author who expanded the boundaries of imagination with the Harry Potter series is an inspirational figure to many. It was when her husband left her and she had to provide for her children, that she thought of starting a business. However, writing was never her first choice. It was on a train journey that the first ideas of Harry Potter were formed. Most publishers declined her work and it was only later that she managed to get her first book published. Her writing describes the many facets of life that she has encountered – including the sad and disappointing moments by means of Dementors and the strong bonds of friendship.
Born with a rare disorder that results in having no limbs, Nick is an inspiration to all the people who seem to be pessimistic about life. Through his struggles, he eventually realized that being alive is itself a miracle. He is a motivational speaker and founded a non-profit organization called Life without Limbs. He is considered to be an influential person and often talks on TED platform.
The most successful investor in the world, Warren displayed entrepreneurial skills right from a young age. He used to sell chewing gum, weekly magazines and deliver newspapers to earn money. He used the money to buy shares for his sister and himself. Today, he is among the wealthiest people of the world and donates his wealth to good cause.
A victim of childhood bullying, Musk is a well-known inventor and investor. He co-founded PayPal, which is the preferred method of sending and receiving money worldwide. He is also the owner of Tesla Motors, which is famous for electric cars. He also invested in Solar City, which provides solar power in the United States. This versatile person whose expertise ranges from automobiles to financial systems, is quite an inspiration to sustainable living.
Born to educated parents, Sheryl was fortunate to receive a good education and graduated from Harvard Business School. Her career progressed from joining McKenzie as a consultant to being the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. It was after she joined Facebook, that the company became more profitable. She was the first woman to be elected as a board member of Facebook. She has consistently been voted among the top 50 powerful women in business.
Born to drug addicted parents, Liz lived a life of poverty in her early childhood. Her parents contracted HIV and Liz was homeless by the age of fifteen. However, the determined girl strove to educate herself and won the New York Times scholarship for needy and was accepted into Harvard University. She is now a motivational speaker and has a film which is based on her life.
An American professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Randy rose to fame when he delivered what was called ‘The Last Lecture’. In August 2007, Pausch was diagnosed with terminal cancer, having only 3-6 months left. The following month, he gave this lecture on really achieving childhood dreams, which became an instantaneous hit. The lecture was then materialized into a book which became the New York Times best-seller.
Having served as the secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi had bought about significant reforms during his tenure. He has been awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his contributions. After his tenure, he is actively involved in the green revolution for Africa and The Elders, which is a community that work on peace and human rights.
Encountered by a late fee, for misplacing a video cassette made Hastings think about the possibility of having a fixed price movie rental system. He later, came up with Netflix, which now serves the world with entertainment at a flat fixed rate. It was the opportunity that Hastings seized, that made him so famous and inspiring.
The 44th President of the United States, Barack is known to have changed history by being the first person of African-American origin to hold this position. He is acclaimed for introducing various reforms and policies during his tenure.
A young entrepreneur, who used his skills to increase networking, Mark is one of the most influential people in this era. The founder of Facebook has pledged to give away most of his earnings to balance the equality in earnings.
Being diagnosed with a rare neuro disease that slowly paralyzes the body, Stephen had to resort to a wheelchair in his early twenties. Yet, he was obstinate to continue his research and consider him as a scientist. His works are well known and acclaimed among scientists.
All of the people mentioned above display a strong character, are determined to succeed and have a driving force that leads them to achieve their dreams. These are the values that we need to inculcate, so that we too may be inspiring to the people around us.