There are people who have suffered, who have achieved greatness, and who have unlocked secrets to many of life’s greatest challenges. These people can be an inspiration to us all, even if they are no longer around to motivate us.
Here are 10 of the most inspirational people:
1. Muhammad Ali
Few men can prove the power of self-confidence like Ali can. As he would train, he would repeat his mantra "I am the greatest" over and over. His boxing record proved that he was right!
2. Les Brown
From a low-income area of Miami to motivational speaker, Les Brown has had a journey fraught with difficulty. Given up for adoption, declared " mentally retarded", and suffering from low self-esteem, he has become a tribute to the importance of self-belief.
3. Richard Branson
Richard Branson struggled in school, but he didn’t let that stop him from becoming an entrepreneur at the young age of 17. By 1978, he owned a tropical island and is today the head of a massive business empire.
4. Eric Thomas
Once a homeless high-school dropout, Eric Thomas is a former NFL star who has become a motivational speaker. He says, "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful."
5. Sean Swarner
Sean Swarner is the world’s ONLY person to suffer from Askin’s sarcoma AND Hodgkin’s Disease, and yet he has somehow survived despite the odds against him. He not only beat cancer, but went on to complete the Seven Peak Challenge--climbing the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. From being given two weeks to live to a long life ahead of him, he is an inspiration to us all!
6. Tony Robbins
He may not have had the tough life many of the others on this list have had, but that doesn’t make Tony Robbins any less motivational. He helps people achieve their goals and find success, even when those things seem impossible!
7. Nick Vujicic
Born with no legs or arms, this young man has gone on to inspire MILLIONS of people around the world. He is happy, enjoys a full life, and NEVER lets his disability get in his way. One of my favorite quotes of his: "The challenges in our lives are there to STRENGTHEN our CONVICTIONS. They are NOT there to run us over."
8. Michael Jordan
From the moment he stepped onto the basketball courts of NBA’s Chicago Bulls, Jordan carried the team. No other player has ever achieved as much, and no other player has ever failed as much. Jordan has said, "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying."
9. Zig Ziglar
From lowly vacuum cleaner salesman to "The World’s Best Salesman", Zig Ziglar has sold it all. He speaks around the world, giving messages like "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."
10. Stephen Hawking
Arguably one of the world’s greatest minds, the good Dr. Hawking has suffered from a debilitating disease that has left him unable to speak or move. Still, he has written books, made amazing contributions to science, and received honors from institutes around the world.
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