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Mikhail Gorbachev

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Mikhail Gorbachev was general secretary of the Soviet Union Communist Party from 1985-1991. He was also the first democratically elected President in 1990.

Gorbachev was born in March 1931 in Stavropol, the North Caucuses to a poor peasant family. At the age of 11, the district was occupied by the Germans for three years, a torrid time for all in the village. In 1950 he enrolled at Moscow University where he became a member of the Soviet Union Communist party.
After gaining a degree in law, Gorbachev made much progress within the Communist party.Mikhail Gorbachev played a key role in dismantling the Communist grip on power in both the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. His aspirations for democracy and reform opened up the way for the end of the Cold War and the bringing down of the Berlin Wall.

He was removed from Presidential office in 1991, during a failed coup attempt. Since leaving office, Gorbachev has worked tirelessly promoting new efforts at social justice and concern for the environment through his own organization the Green Cross.

At first, Gorbachev was relatively unknown but he soon gave an indication that he wished to reform society. Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 1990. He is also credited with playing a major role in ending the cold war, in both the east and also the West.

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Inspirational Quote-I

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The Inspirational Quotes is going to be a series of post, each dedicated to a famous quote, or a quote that I like. In these posts, I’m going to give my own interpretation of the quotes. So here goes the first inspirational quote:

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu also known as Laozi, was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.

This quote written by him has a deep inspirational meaning to it. The quote basically tells us to be what you are and not try to be someone else. People are always trying hard to fit in. They try to adapt themselves to a person or a place by changing themselves.

People are always changing to fit in a group or a place. When you try to adapt and change for such situation, you cannot really relax.  You are not comfortable on your own skin and cannot achieve anything. The potential you have are lost when you try to be something else.

The quote by Lao is a teaching to everyone who has a hard time fitting in, in a society, amongst your peers, almost anywhere. Don’t try to change what you are instead embrace yourself and show them who you really are. It is okay to know your flaws and try to solve them, but striving to be someone entirely different is not the way to live by.

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Coco Chanel

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Chanel is one of the most leading brands in the world. The founder of this brand is Coco Chanel. Her real name is Gabrielle Chanel. She was a leading French designer, whose simplicity and style pattern revolutionized women’s clothing. She made a lasting mark on women’s fashion and design.

Her upbringing was marked by poverty, she was sent to a convent. She developed an interest in clothing and gained a lot of knowledge of creating clothes. After leaving the convent she opened a boutique selling fashionable clothes. Her initial success encouraged her to start another shop and which later resulted in a leading brand.

During the First World War, women’s clothing was very limited and restricted.  She helped make women’s clothing better and more practical. She began by liberating women from the bondage of the corset and encouraged a casual but elegant range of clothes.

Her first collection after the received a lot of critics but later gained its popularity. She was proud of her great taste in fashion and awareness of what people wanted. This was what made her the most recognizable name in the world of fashion.

She created a greater trademark. She created a better fashion statement for the women and revolutionized fashion in the 1920s. The Channel bags and clothing are still very much in fashion.  Her interest and dedication at her interest can be taken as a big inspiration to all of us. She is an inspiration to many fashion designers.

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Mother Teressa

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Mother Teresa was inclined to become a nun from an early age. She was given permission to join a group of nuns in Ireland at the age of 18. After a few months of training, with the Sisters of Loreto, she was then given permission to travel to India. She took her formal religious vows in 1931.

On her arrival in India, she worked as a teacher and later started a new order called “The Missionaries of Charity”. The primary objective of this mission was to look after people, who nobody else was prepared to look after. Mother Teresa felt that serving others was a fundamental principle of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

In 1952, she opened her first home for the dying, which allowed people to die with dignity. Mother Teresa often spent time with those who were dying this afforded many neglected people the opportunity to die knowing that someone cared.

Her work spread around the world. She never sought to convert those of another faith. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She didn’t attend the ceremonial banquet but asked that the fund be given to the poor.

Mother Teresa suffered various health problems during the latter part of her life, but nothing could deter her from fulfilling her mission of serving the poor and needy. She kept working for her mission until she was on the brink of her illness.

Mother Teresa with her unconditional dedication and social service is one of the most influential personality. She teaches us that one has to contribute to the society as a social being.

 

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What does it take to INSPIRE?

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The answer to this question would be a small act of kindness. Kindness in any form is the way to inspire or aspire. If you are kind enough and your kindness is noticed then you have all it takes to inspire.

When you are kind, you are showing your selflessness, you are doing something good for others instead of something for yourself. Kindness can be of any type, something big as giving aids to ones in need or even the tiniest one as talking to someone in need. It can be the smallest gesture of saying  “Hello” to someone who looks out of place or troubled or maybe help someone cross the road.

A small gesture of kindness can create a ripple. You see someone doing something good, you feel like you owe it to yourself to do something good too. It’s not only about what you owe, it also teaches you that life is about helping the others and taking help.

Many people who come up when you search for inspirational personalities have shown kindness. The kindness they have shown are in many different forms, some have worked for their country while some for people in need. they have contributed to at least someone’s life. They might be the scientist who has created fields for the future scientist to strive on or someone who faced the country’s crisis and created a better future.

So if you do want to become an inspirational person in the future, start from today. Do something good for the sake of someone else, even the smallest gesture can help.

 

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The Meaning of Inspirational

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Oxford defines inspirational as Providing or showing creative or spiritual inspiration.

Each week I’m writing about a new personality and their life history. I am writing about the people who give inspiration to everyone, inspirational people. But there’s still a huge question mark on the exact meaning of inspirational.

After a few weeks of writing about few inspirational personalities, I learned that what makes people inspirational is their extraordinarily ordinary way of living. They can be anyone but what they do with their ordinary or extraordinary is where we find inspirations. So, it’s not up to anyone to decide what inspirational actually is.

The means of getting inspiration can be very different. For some people, even the smallest of the things can make a huge difference while some are least bothered. Everyone has their own way of thinking and it’s up to them to decide what and who is inspiring.

Maybe learning about other people’s life story bring you inspiration or maybe you simply get inspired by your own life. It can be through your small mistake or just a small incident. Things that I have written so far might be nothing but history lessons for some. But for some, a double take on these life stories can be a huge eye-opener.

Inspirational to me is simply a perspective. It is a dynamic example in the form of almost anything that makes you think differently and learn something new (be it good or bad) and makes a huge impact on your life. But for you, it can be something entirely different.

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Walt Disney

 

Walt Disney has been the part of almost every child’s life. Many of them are familiar to Walt Disney but only some really do know about the founder of Walt Disney- the Walt Disney himself. Walter Elias Disney was the pioneer of American animation industry. He was a man of talent, an entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, and producer.

Disney was interested in drawings and this interest drew him toward the iconic establishment of Disney productions. He started with a job as a commercial illustrator at age 18 and eventually set up the Disney Brothers Studio along with his brother.   As the studio grew, the industry started developing and become more adventurous. Through the means of such productions, every child has learned a lot of stuff. The first cartoon screened was Laugh-O-Grams in Local City Kanos Theatre. The cartoons were hugely popular, and Disney was able to acquire his own studio, upon which he bestowed the same name.

The production and development of Disney, over the years, was highly interesting and remarkable. After the success of many productions, Disney even introduced an amusement park-Disneyland. Disneyland is another major creation that has grown and stretched his horizons. This place is always on the season and always a major attraction to children.

Walt Disney is an inspiration for the legacy he established. His story gives us hope to try something new and start from the bottom with whatever possible. It is not what you can do, it’s a lot of the ideas and the hard work you are planning to put into it.

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Blind with Vision

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This is not just a story of some famous personalities, not some famous person’s story which is known to almost everyone. Here is the story of few people who suffered from blindness and yet managed to achieve their wishes. They managed to achieve not-so-ordinary tasks inspite of their lack of sight.

Daniel Kish was born with aggressive cancer, Retinoblastoma. Due to the condition, he had to remove both his eyes when he was just 13 months old.

He lived his life with the technique called echolocation. This technique involves generating a sound- typically a click of the tongue then listening to the echoes of sound that bounce off the surrounding objects, allowing him to see the world around him. Eventually, he managed to become an expert and started training and teaching other blind people through non -profit charity, World Access for Blind.

He believed in doing everything independently and solely relied on echolocation technique. His hopes for the future lie in a handheld sonic device that can enable every blind person to use echolocation and lead a fuller life. He has become a prominent figure in the community of blind people.

 

 Erik Weihenmaye was born with Retinoschisis, a condition in which the retina separates into two layers, resulting in suboptimal vision. He had his eyesight for thirteen years, which gave him the general idea of how life works.

 Losing his sight did not affect his wishes, the wish to become one of the most accomplished adventurers in the world.An adventurer without sight is a tough condition yet he managed to reach the summit in the year 2001. He even managed to climb the Seven Summits which involved climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents in 2008.

He was also dedicated to various charities for visually impaired and wrote two books. His unique life story was made into an award-winning feature film called Farther than the Eye Can See. He is also constantly perching about the abilities of blind people.

 

Marla Runyan developed Stargardt, a disease that left her legally blind but still with her peripheral vision at the age of nine. Whilst studying at San Diego State University she began competing in several athletic disciplines; the heptathlon, high jump and shot put, to name but a few.

She became an exceptional Olympian with the growing years. She competed and became a world-class runner by winning the 1500 meter race. Just a year later, she became the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympics. She is a versatile athlete and even holds records in the 20km, 500m, Female Marathon, and Heptathlon.

Marla is also dedicated to supporting other blind people and has been an ambassador for the Perkins School for the Blind since 2001.

 

These people even with their blindness managed to achieve a lot more than any other person could do. If that is not inspiring, then there is probably nothing that could inspire you. They are people who are blind with a vision, visions they managed to achieve during their course of life.

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Malala Yousafazi

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
― Malala Yousafzai

We have all heard of miracles, there are like million cases of miracles. A girl getting shot by a bullet which went through her body, the body part being head, then only a case of miracle can save the girl. Malala Yousafazi is definitely a girl blessed with a miracle because she did survive a bullet through her head.

It’s not that her being a miracle is what makes her an inspiration. Malala is an inspiration for what she stood up for, what she did and how she handled violence. Her words and her active involvement in defending the rights of children and women helped a lot in the war against Taliban.

Malala is the daughter of a teacher and had ample education to understand its importance.  During the threats of Taliban in Pakistan, there was a lot of trouble and injustice inflicted upon women. She didn’t decide to cower but started delivering speech, raising awareness and writing blogs which helped people learn about Taliban’s threat and injustice. Her involvement also earned her a Nobel Peace Prize and she also became UN Messenger of Peace in April 2017.

Malala is another war hero who truly deserves to be in the list of inspirational personalities. She is an exemplary to every bystander that justice cannot be achieved without standing up. She is a role model for every girl and has reached the heart of all people who read her book ‘I am Malala’.

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Nelson Mandela

 

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela is another leader from whom we can find great inspiration from. Mandela was an activist against racism in South Africa. His journey was full of obstacles yet he earned a lot of achievements. He brought forward a great number of change. He was also awarded Nobel Prize for his achievement and endeavors.

Mandela was a Black man who struggled with a lot of injustice due to his color. He didn’t chose to standby and watch while injustice fell upon him, instead he started taking stand. At first, he intended to take the non-violence road but eventually he started advocating sabotage campaigns. He was so talented at disguise that it was easier to get away with his revolution and campaigns.

He was from a tiny village and was the first from his family to get education. He was the first one to run a black-run law firm and again elected the first leader of a democratic South Africa. His policies brought a great difference. He believed in the right of freedom and fought hard for his views and whats right.

If I were to name one inspirational political leader among many, I would definitively name Nelson Mandela. Whenever, I picture Mandela, I always get the picture of a happy and smiling man who outwitted people through his disguise and worked for the betterment of his country and is people.