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If you are a person who struggles in life with facing problems, setbacks and don’t find the right motivation to do things the way you wanted to be, also you have tried everything that gives you the motivation but doesn’t last long then you need to ask yourself one question.
Are you giving up on your dreams of your life?
Your positive answer depends on how motivated you are. The biggest problem for everyone is to stay motivated all the time and get what they want. When you start living in fear and being the victim of what life gives you, the frustration starts to make you to give up on everything, the aspiration that you seek in life seems impossible most of the times.
Ignoring this problem only make it worse and put you at risk of living an ordinary and suffered life. Your dreams will never become true.
I know how you feel but I found a way out and I can show you how to overcome this. I went through very tough situations in my life, I was homeless, broke and frightened. Getting the right Motivation was never easy, but I found a way to deal with it and get what I want.
Just look at the results of what I have generated for myself. I have been able to do the things that I would not have imagined. Today, I have a successful life, because I am doing what I always wanted to do. I like to inspire other people and help them to approach their dreams. I am motivational speaker and writer.
I have written motivational books, also speaks at schools and events as a motivational speaker. After reading my books and listening to my speeches others have responded that their life is now much more meaningful.
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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”
Abraham Lincoln was born on 12th February 1809 and went on to become the 16th president of the United States. He served from 1861 to 1865. He is the one who guided America amidst its Civil war, one of the most deadly wars that America has ever fought. By the end of his reign he was able to protect the Unions, gut out slavery, give power to the federal government, and helped modernize the economy.
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
His life’s journey is what made him such a respectable man and a revered leader. At one point, He was kicked by a horse on the head and slipped in to a coma for some times. He recovered soon afterwards but had to suffer from personal insecurities and had to fight them off continuously. In the same year, his mother died and he remained motherless at the age of 9. He was very close to his mother, and because of his severe health conditions due to coma, it was very difficult for him to cope with such a massive loss. He had to leave his studies in order to support his family after his mother’s demise and it took him long to completely recover from her loss. It is said that it was the early hardships he faced that strengthened his character, but even till the end, behind the armor of strength lay a very sensitive man who had to fight to make his way in the world
His route to political success came after a business he started with a partner went down the drain and cost him a debt of $1100. His first steps in to politics were shaky as he lost the first community elections that he took part in. But he knew that the key to success is persistence, and he remained loyal to his mission and ended his political career in a remarkable political finale; as the president of the United States.
“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
“If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.”
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“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
“Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.”
Albert Einstein was born on 14th March 1879 in Germany. His father was a well-known engineer and a salesman. He was born in a middle class family and excelled beyond any body’s imagination. He is till today known as the greatest genius mathematician and physicist who has ever lived. His early interest in physics and mathematics can be attributed to his father’s company that sold devices that ran on direct current.
“Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.”
When Albert was four, his mother discovered that he had a gift for understanding the mechanics of things just like his father; when he played with the compass his dying father gave him. It was Einstein’s mother who many say paved the way for the genius; she introduced him to the world of music that helped him broaden his mind. At the age of 11, he was discovered to be not only a Math’s prodigy but also a physics prodigy too. Much to his mother’s disbelief, he was never good at school, the things that were taught there were too bland for his taste. Some might hate him for doing this but at the age of 16, he revoked his own country’s citizenship so that he could not be forced to join the army. He then went to Switzerland and failed a school entrance exam because of poor French skills. Undeterred by this failure, he took a year to perfect his skill and then attended Polytechnic to study the subjects he loved so much; Math’s and Physics. After graduating he could not find any suitable position. It was in 1902 that he got a shot at joining the Swiss Patent Office; it was there that he conducted research and presented the public with theories that shook and broke open the laws of Physics.
He published a lot of papers in 1905 and became revered amongst the scholars of physics, but it was his General Theory of Relativity that planted him securely amongst the line (or some would say the forefront) of geniuses. But his success was marred when propaganda was started against him and he was marked as both an anti-German and a Jew. Einstein did not waste his time worrying about any of this; he knew that in order to succeed in this world by bringing in new concepts, he would always have to face rigorous opposition before people accepted him. Had Einstein let the ramblings of a few men get to him every time, we would not have benefited from his genius at all.
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
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“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”
On 12th June, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany, a little girl by the name Annelies Marie Frank was born. She was a writer and a diarist who lived in the Dark Age of Germany and died in 1945 after her short lived life.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
Her mother was Edith and farther was Otto Frank who was a businessman in Germany and Netherlands. She had a sister by the name Magrot. Her village was calm and a quiet place but it remained very short period like that. When Hitler became the leader of Germany, the Frank family was moved to Netherlands. She attended Montessori school in Amsterdam in 1934. She had friends of various nationalities Dutch, German, Jewish and more. But their happiness vanished when Nazi troops came to Poland in 1939. Dutch surrendered in 1940.
On 12th June, 1942, Anne was given a diary by her parents for her 13th birthday. She started writing diaries after that incident. She had imagined a friend called ‘kitty’ to address. As Margot received an official letter informing them to meet by Nazi work camp in Germany, Frank family went to live in Otto’s office room and they used it as a secret annex, they spent two years hiding in that dark place. Frank used to write diaries daily to get rid of loneliness. Writing diaries helped her keep sanity and spirits. She wrote another notebook with quotes of her favorite authors, true stories and started novel on her secret annex life. Writing developed her emotional depth, wisdom, tolerance and creativity.
By bad luck, some people betrayed them by giving out secret information of their where about; they were captured by German secret police on 4th August, 1944. They were first sent to a concentration camp, Westerbork in Netherland on 8th August, 1944 then they were later transferred to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on 3rd September, 1944. Then Nazis separated Otto and females in the family. After working as hard labors for months, Anne and Margot were transferred to Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany without their mother. There were lesser food, many diseases, and very little sanitation. Both Sisters suffered from Typhus and died one after the other in two consecutive days in 1945. Anne was just 15 then.
After the capture of Nazis by the English soldiers, Otto came to find his daughters, but encountered bad news of their demise. Finally he found Anne’s diary in Amsterdam and surprisingly saw her maturity in feelings. The diary was published as a book on 25th June, 1947 and was in 67 languages afterwards. That diary was a mirror of Anne’s thinking, a story of love, hope and faith in front of cruel war.
“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”
“If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.”
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“Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival.”
“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”
Aung San SuuKyi is currently the chairperson of the NLD (National League for Democracy) in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, which is the leading party since 1990. Over the years Aung San SuuKyi has won an impressive array of peace and freedom of thought prizes, including the Nobel Peace prize in 1991.
“When you decide to follow a certain path, you should follow it to the end and not be diverted from it for personal reasons.”
SuuKyi was born on 19th June 1945 in Yangon (Rangoon then) and was raised only by her mother, as her father, the man who negotiated Burma’s independence was assassinated in 1947. Her mother was also involved in politics, being the Burmese ambassador to India where SuuKyi lived the first part of her life and got her first college degree in politics in the year 1964. Afterwards she went to further her studies, this time in the U.K. in 1969 (St. Hugh’s College, Oxford), majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After that she went on to live in New York and work for the United Nations for three years.
In the year 1988, she returned to Burma to take care of her mother and to begin leading the pro-democratic movement. For her views, she was put under house arrest on July 20th 1989 where she remained until 13th November 2010. She was offered freedom under the condition that she would leave the country, which she did not do, even after the 2008 cyclone which swept away the roof of her house, destroyed all electrical lines and forced her to use candles.
She is still an active part of the Burmese political scene, leading the NLD and traveling the world to speak at various conventions. Just like Mahatma Gandhi was an inspiration for her, she is now and inspiration for upcoming generation of peace preaching political peace. Now days she has won various peace awards and gained international support while under house arrest.
“If you want to bring an end to long-standing conflict, you have to be prepared to compromise.”
“If you do nothing you get nothing.”
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“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
Born on 12th February 1809, at The Mount, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom, was an English Naturalist and Geologist, best known for Evolutionary Theory. He established that, all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, His scientific theory states that the branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”
A lot of Darwin’s work had been influenced greatly by his own misfortunate health conditions. There were times when he suffered from such medical afflictions that he could do nothing but fight them off. He used this as a means to understand the scientific world around him a little better. Instead of thinking of being cursed, he used his failing condition as a means to understand the world in a different light. This is probably why he was able to understand things that very few had ever really thought about.
Darwin’s interest in nature, led him to neglect his medical education at the University of Edinburgh, instead, he started to investigate marine invertebrates. His studies at the University of Cambridge (Christ’s College), encouraged him for his passion for natural science and after five-years of travel on HMS Beagle, he established himself as an eminent Geologist, where his observations and theories supported Charles Lyell’s uniformitarian ideas, and then the Voyage publication made him famous as a popular author.
Darwin’s social and political views reflected his time and social position. He thought men’s eminence over women was the outcome of sexual selection. He was strongly against slavery, that is against “Ranking the so-called races of man as distinct species”, and against “Ill-treatment of native people”. Darwin was able to convince most scientists, insisting that evolution as descent with modification was correct, and he was recognized for his revolutionized ideas and was honored in June 1909 by more than 400 officials and scientists across the world. During “The Eclipse of Darwinism”, period, scientists proposed various alternative evolutionary mechanisms which eventually proved untenable. From 1930s to the 1950s, that natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution, set the frame of reference for modern debates and refinements of the theory.
Finally, after all his revolutionary thoughts and theories, Darwin, who was diagnosed for “Angina Pectoris” died due to heart failure, on 19th April 1882 at Down House. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to John Herschel and Isaac Newton on Wednesday 26th April 1882 and was attended by thousands of people. Darwin’s portrait had been printed on the reverse of £10 banknotes along with a hummingbird and HMS Beagle, issued by the Bank of England. A life size seated statue of Darwin can be seen in the main hall of the Natural History Museum in London.
“The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts.”
“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”
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“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”
[_ "For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life -- the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value." _]
Oscar-Claude Monet, who is famous for his Landscape paintings, was born on, 14th November 1840, in Paris, France. He was a founder of French Impressionist painting. He was the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy, of expressing an individual’s thoughts before nature through Landscape. Monet adopted a method of painting, in which the same scene was repeated many times so as to capture the change of light and passing of the seasons, from French countryside while documenting. In 1899, he was best-known for his painting of the water lilies, first time in vertical views, with a Japanese bridge as a central feature. Hence, he became one of the best painters in the list of large-scale paintings for about his next twenty years of life.
“People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.”
Monet’s life was marked by a series of unlucky events. His father had always wanted him to go in to business, but his interests were embedded deep in arts. So when he chose to become an artist’s, relationship between him and his father grew very strained, so much that even when he and his wife were in dire need of financial help for their first son, his father refused to send even a penny and as a result of this, he even attempted to commit suicide. Although in the beginning he gained some fame and recognition, it wasn’t enough to get him content financially. His family suffered immensely. Any other man would have left the arts and taken up another job, but Monet knew well enough that art was his true passion and his determination helped him see better days.
Monet, after meeting so many rejections with his other like-minded artists, started to exhibit their artworks independently. “Impressionist” exhibition being their first exhibition, held in April 1874, Monet exhibited his work that was to give the group its lasting name. In 1872, they depicted a port landscape, which was known as Le Havre port, on the Impression, Sunrise. This was reviewed by critics as Impressionists appropriated the term for themselves.
During his travel to Paris, he saw many painters copying from their old masters. But as it’s a natural way of an artist, he used to sit beside a corner of a window, with the equipment that he had, started to paint what he see outside. It was a realistic one. Having passionate about painting, he worked under Charles Gleyre and became friends with Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frederic Bazille and Alfred Sisley. They together shared their thoughts about new approaches to art, painting the effects of light with broken color and rapid brushstrokes, which later came to be called as Impressionism. Monet, on 5th December 1926, at the age of 86, died due to lung cancer and was buried in the Giverny church cemetery. Thus, Monet has been sculptured as “the driving force behind Impressionism”.
“It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.”
“I am following Nature without being able to grasp her.”
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“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.”
“When all else fails there’s always delusion.”
Conan Christopher O’Brien was born on 18th April, 1963. He is the eminent American television host, producer, comedian, voice actor, and writer. Basically he is from a large, Irish Catholic family, Massachusetts, United States. He was popular for hosting many late-night talk shows. Conan O’Brien graduated with a B.A. in American History & Literature along with magna cum laude from esteemed Harvard University.
“If life gives you lemons, make some kind of fruity juice.”
The biggest and the hardest decision that Conan had to make was to leave the umbrella of a medical and law school and step in to the unpredictable world of show business where no amount of schooling can help without sufficient talent. He knew that the path to the top of the show business was not an easy one; he had to find things that he was really good in and stick to those without a doubt. He knew that things could go wrong, but he still took a leap of faith and plunged headfirst in to the cold and competitive waters of show business. Although success was really hard to find and run after in the beginning, he put his foot down and progressed past anything that might have knocked him down.
At young age, O’Brien had a love of comedy which later carried on, while entering the prestigious Harvard University. He was also an editor of Harvard Lampoon for two subsequent years, and he had the credit of doing this as second person after 85 years. He became the president of the Harvard Lampoon in Harvard magazine. O’Brien was a writer to sketch numerous comedy series in Los Angeles then he joined the Saturday Night Live as a writing staff between the years 1987 to1991.
He was an executive producer of “The Simpsons” (52 episodes) from 1991–1993. He has many nicknames like Consie, Coney, The Cone-Zone, Conando, Coco, Big Red, The Maestro and The Conebone. O’Brien attracted many people by his energetic and spontaneous style of hosting. When many comedians and personalities had applied and auditioned for “The Tonight Show”, it was very amazing, the unknown Conan O’Brien was selected as the new host of Late Night and he had no previous experience before the camera. Even though he had struggling ratings of Late Night shows initially, Conan O’Brien conserved his own style of hosting.
O’Brien met Liza Powell, who was an advertising executive; played a role in a skit on Late Night. During the time, O’Brien and Liza began dating, after a year, they announced their engagement. On 12th January, 2002, the couple got married in Seattle, Washington. They have two children. He has done number of elegant and remarkable hosting, which will speak his name for a long time.
“The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.”
“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
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“As a kid, I kind of spent my life being amazed by being tricked. I love being tricked. I still love it today.”
“I didn’t want to do a zoo show. I didn’t want to do a study of someone with mental illness. I just wanted to show someone who was trying to live their life.”
Daniel Wroughton Craig is a famous English actor, born on 2nd March, 1968 in Chester, England. Daniel was brought up in Prescot situated near Liverpool. He did his studies in Hilbre High School, West Kirby. He played various roles like Romeo & Juliet, Oliver, Cinderella, and so on, during his school days.
“You get used to the rejection and you don’t take it personally.”
One of the hardest things that he had to do was the move to London to join the National Youth Theatre at the age of 16. To pay for the courses he pursued there, he had to work at a number of jobs; he understood that if he did not give it a hundred percent, success would never be his. So he not only worked to pay for the course but he also had to be vigilant and ever ready during his classes over there or else he would never have been successful.
He secured a place at Guildhall, School of Music and Drama later on. Craig was the first Bond actor who was born after the Bond series started. Daniel Craig is the shortest actor, playing the role of James Bond though being pretty tall standing at 5 feet, 11 inches.
He did three-year course under the tutelage of Colin McCormack and graduated in 1991. He is also one of the actors from the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company. He got married to Scottish actress Fiona Loudon (1992) and they got their daughter “Ella Craig” in 1992. This year was special to Daniel Craig since he made his appearance in “The Power of One” film.
Early February 2005, Craig was named by the media as a competitor for replacing Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. He availed worldwide fame when selected as the sixth actor for playing the role of James Bond 007 in the official series. He played a role of British secret agent James Bond 007 in his first film of “Casino Royale” which was globally released in theatres on November, 2006. He concentrated more to bring “emotional depth” to the specific character.
A huge reason why he has been very successful is that he is very humble about winning such huge amount of roles; he never let success get the better of him. For a man such as him it would have been very easy to let his consistent successes blind him to his downfall.
He has won many awards like British Independent Film Variety Award (2007), Empire Award (2007) for the movie Casino Royale (2006), Sant Jordi Award (2007), Britannia Award (2012), and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (2013) for the movie Skyfall (2012). The fame of Daniel Wroughton Craig still remains the same in the hearts of his fans.
“Revenge doesn’t stop.”
“You need to impress me, outwit me, compete with me? Go ahead, knock yourself out, I have no problem with that at all.”
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“From kindergarten to graduation, I went to public schools, and I know that they are a key to being sure that every child has a chance to succeed and to rise in the world.”
“I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I’d see.”
Richard Bruce “Dick” Cheney was born on 30th January, 1941. He is an American politician and businessman. He was the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, under President George W. Bush. He attended Yale, the University of Wyoming, from where he graduated in BA and MA in Political Science.
“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”
In 1978, Cheney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives representing Wyoming’s from 1979 to 1989. He was re-elected five times. He was briefly serving as House Minority Whip in 1989. Cheney was also selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the Presidency of George H. W. Bush, from 1989 to 1993. In the year 2004, Cheney was also re-elected to his second term as Vice President, defeating Senator John Kerry’s running mate, Senator John Edwards.
His image had to suffer quite a lot due to a few events in 2006. On February 11, 2006, there was a hunting incident, that, Dick Cheney shot Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old Texas attorney, while participating in a quail hunt at Armstrong ranch in Kenedy County, Texas. On February 14, 2006, Whittington had a non-fatal heart attack and arterial fibrillation due to the lead that entered close to his heart. Cheney in an interview stated about the shooting on February 15. Both Cheney and Whittington accepted and being good friends, narrated that the incident was an accident after Cheney had apologized. Although he was stranded within the midst of scandal, he remained cool and made sure that such things did not play a huge impact on his standing. He knew that for his future success, it was important for him to manage this issue like any other or else things might get out of hand. He taught the world’s politicians how to deal with issues in the right manner and not to mess up with them.
On August 2011, Cheney published a book named “A Personal and Political Memoir” written with Liz Cheney. The book outlines Cheney’s recollections of the War on Terrorism, the 2001 War in Afghanistan that ran-up to 2003, Iraq war and other events as well. He is a member of the United Methodist Church and was the first Methodist vice president too.
Cheney, due to his intense smoking, underwent so much of physical illness. This led him finally to undergo a seven-hour heart transplant procedure at Inova Fairfax Hospital at the age of 71 which was donated by an anonymous donor.
“We must be prepared to face our responsibilities and be willing to use force if necessary.”
“I’ve been extraordinarily fortunate that I’ve been able to go live a very active, stressful life. And I don’t believe that my heart disease changed me for the worst.”
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“The gym can serve as an excellent place where kids and young men and women can really empty their issues right on the floor.”
“I was just a very torn child, very wounded in so many areas, with no family support. I happened to the be the fifth child of my family. So everybody was already grown and had left home already.”
Djimon Hounsou is an actor, model and a nominee for two Academy Awards. He was born in Benin, West Africa then moved to Paris with his brother, where he worked as a model. Afterwards, he emerged in the entertainment industry by first appearing in music videos and then moved on to working on television shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Alias. He also starred in movies, his first movie debut was in Without You I’m Nothing and then his career took off when he got a role in Steven Spielberg’s movie entitled Amistad.
“Africa is my continent. It is where I opened my eyes.”
When Djimon Hounsou fist arrived in France at the age of thirteen, he dropped out of school and became homeless for some time. He strolled through the streets of Paris at night just to look for something to eat from the garbage. But then, he met a photographer by chance and that led to him being introduced to a fashion designer and he became a model in Paris. Often life can feel more like a gambling game, where it’s a game of risks and chances. Djimon Hounsou certainly did not expect to be homeless in Paris when he decided to immigrate to France to seek for a better life. However, a chance meeting with a photographer completely turned his whole life around. He gained fame from being a model and now he’s a well-known movie star. Sometimes in life, we need to be adventurous and take chances. It can turn out well or maybe the contrary, but at least we can learn more from taking more chances.
Don’t be afraid to take risks when you strive for your goals. If it turns out to be a total failure, then learn from that mistake and never be afraid to laugh at yourself. When an opportunity comes your way, just do it, it may just change your life completely. After all, life is to be experienced and not just to be watched.
“As a young boy, I had strange dreams of affecting people and somehow being instrumental in changing the makeup of Africa and helping to improve life there.”
“The rocky time came right after I left school. I spent a lot of time at night navigating the streets of Paris trying to find something to eat.”
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“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.”
Born on, April 25, 1917, was an American jazz vocalist, often known as the “First Lady of Song,” the “Queen of Jazz” and “Lady Ella,”. She was notified for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation. Fitzgerald was also a noticed interpreter of the Great American Songbook. In the course of her full 60-year recording career, she sold around 40 million copies of her 70 and above albums.
“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”
Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. After their parent separation, she lived with her mother in poor Italian area. She had a troublesome life during her childhood. At the age of six, she began her formal education at Benjamin Franklin Junior High School. She, from third grade, had been passionate about dancing. Being a diehard fan of Earl “Snakehips” Tucker in particular, performed her practice on the way to school and at lunchtime. The church helped her in gaining experience in formal music making, and also had piano lessons during this period. Fitzgerald started her career at the age of 17 on November 21, 1934, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. She was famous for her jonor “Amateur Nights”, which pulled her audience at Apollo. She opted to sing Boswell’s “Judy” and “The Object of My Affection”, a song recorded by the Boswell Sisters which won the first prize of US $25.00. This paved the way to start her carrier in her future endeavors. Fitzgerald won thirteen Grammy Awards and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1967.
At last, in 1996, after so many complications in her health, she was confined to a wheelchair, and spent her final days in with her son Ray and 12-year-old granddaughter, Alice. She died in her home on June 15, 1996. She was 79 when she left this world and was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
“I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns.”
“Did I do all right?”
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“Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.”
“Nobody likes to fail. I want to succeed in everything I do, which isn’t much. But the things that I’m really passionate about, if I fail at those, if I’m not successful, what do I have?”
Marshall Bruce Mathers III renowned as Eminem by his stage name. He is a popular rapper, record producer, actor, and songwriter. Marshall was born on 17th October, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri, United States. The Rolling stone magazine gave him the title, The King of Hip Hop and ranked on 82nd place in the list of, “The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Eminem was one of the biggest fans for rap, spent most of his time in rapping, perhaps, at the age of four. His albums and singles sold were more than 155 million, which made Marshall to enjoy the credit of world’s best-selling artists of all time.
“I don’t think I ever thought of myself as Superman. But there were people who thought of me that way, and maybe I believed them a little.”
When Marshall Bruce Mathers turned 14, he was very much keen about rapping, and at the age of seventeen; he named himself M&M, that later respelled as Eminem. Marshall has struggled a lot to achieve a place in rap, where most of rappers rejected him for his race. At ninth grade, after failing three times, Marshall decided to quit school. He started to work fully on rap game and the sale for his first album “Infinite” in the year 1996, was initially very low, but geared up the rapper to the stage of millionaire. He was also awarded Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for his second album “The Slim Shady LP” during the year 1999.
Eminem is a successful person who received U.S Diamond certification for the sale of famous albums. He released Marshal’s Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010, which were internationally named as best-selling albums of 2010. Marshall owns a record company called Shady Records, and Own fashion line Shady Limited. He also appeared in movies like “Funny People” in the year 2009, “The Interview” in 2014. Eminem’s famous film song “Lose Yourself” won Academy Award for the Best Original Song and it is heard by global audience.
“You have enemies? Good, that means you stood up for something.”
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“I think it’s always best to be who you are.”
“I love to go to dark places. I love to stretch my body, test my limits, learn and grow.”
Halle Berry’s full name at birth was Maria Halle Berry which at the age of 5 was changed to Halle Maria Berry. She was born on 14th August, 1966 in Cleveland Ohio. After Berry finished her studies at the Bedford High School, she went on to work at the Higbee’s Departmental Store. She later went on to study at a Cuyahoga Community College.
“Self-esteem comes from who you have in your life. How you were raised. What you struggled with as a child.”
Halle Berry was once married to David Justice; a well-known baseball player and Eric Benet; a well-known singer and song writer. She is now married to Oliver Martinez and has a daughter from this marriage. She also has a son with a male model.
Halle Berry first stepped in to the spotlight in the 1980s when she took part in a variety of beauty pageants. She was crowned Miss Teen All American, Miss Ohio and was awarded the runners up positioning the Miss USA competition. In this pageant she answered her interview question by telling the world that she hoped to be a world class entertainer one day. In 1986 she became the first woman of an African-American origin to enter Miss World.
She then got the motivation she needed to pursue her lifelong ambitions and went to Chicago to try her luck at modeling. She later moved to New York City in 1989 to work as an actress. She soon ran out of her savings and had to live in a shelter for homeless people. There she came face to face with one of the worst times of her life, she was surrounded by optimism. Having lost so much on the road to achieve her dream, she did not call it quits but renewed her search for an acting job even more vigorously. She is living proof that luck can turn around with a bit of hard work and dedication. Later in the same year, she did get lucky and landed the role of Emily Franklin in the series Living Dolls. But this was not the end of her hardships. While she was filming for this movie, she went in to a coma and was told she had Type 2 Diabetes, soon this show got cancelled. Just like before she did not let this obstacle dissuade her from the dreams she had. Instead with renewed hope she shifted to Los Angeles and landed a role as a recurring appearance in the serial Knots Landing proving again that things can change their course for the better if only you try really hard.
Her debut film was Jungle Fever in 1991 and in the same year she strictly co-starred in Business. But she swept the public away by her Academy award winning performance in Monster’s Ball. She was an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the best Actress for her role in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and she was the only woman from an African-American Origin who had ever won an Oscar for a lead position. During the early years of 2000 millennia, she was one of the highest paid actresses. Berry is also a brand ambassador/ model for Revlon.
“When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there’s no way you could be a good winner.”
“Don’t take yourself too seriously. Know when to laugh at yourself, and find a way to laugh at obstacles that inevitably present themselves.”
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“Magic is the sole science not accepted by scientists, because they can’t understand it.”
“My brain is the key that sets my mind free.”
Harry Houdini was the very definition of entertainment; from 1899 to his demise in 1926, he kept the entire world enthralled by his ability to capture audiences on stage and on screen.
His actual name is Ehrich Weiss and was born in Budapest on 24th March, 1874. He moved to Wisconsin at the age of 4, his father was a Rabbi of a local congregation and they found it really hard to make ends meet at home. Thus he had to work from a really young age to support his family. But he was always drawn to the world of entertainment and even performed as a trapeze artist at a local circus.
“What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes.”
After a few failures to work as a successful Rabbi, his father took him to New York where both of them tried to find work. Ehrich was also an athlete in nature and was excellent in a variety of sports. This was a dark period in his life; he was away from a mother whom he loved so much and trapped in a position with little or no work. Any man would have resorted to drinks and depression but not Ehrich, he believed in himself and in the fact that things could get better with time.
He wouldn’t let the bad times beat him to the curb and soon rediscovered that he had a knack for magic tricks and established a two man show called “The Brothers Houdini” with Jacob Hyman. After his father’s death in 1892, he took this magic show to the road and performed his act in tonnes of theatres in New York and Midwest. Harry met and married another performer named Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner “Bess” who replaced Hyman and they renamed themselves “The Houdinis”.
It was not until 1899 that he received his first big shot when Martin Beck a theatre tycoon, impressed by his handcuffs trick gave him the leading role in the Omaha March. By the 1900s Harry had made quite a name for himself performing all kinds of tricks.
Soon problems with Beck started and he went on a solo show all across Europe for at least five years. He returned to America in 1905 after huge appreciation from Germany and other European countries. After his mother’s death, which struck him deeply, his devotion to perform tricks grew even more and he developed much more fascinating tricks.
After about 30 years of performances as a magician, he then stepped in to the industry of motion picture. His first film was named the “The Master Mystery” in 1918. He was the first ever action hero in Hollywood. He even began his own production company but didn’t get much profit from it.
He worked tirelessly to learn about the history of magic. His crusade to reveal the Spiritualists as nothing more than performers helped him befriend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but they soon argued over their differing views and lost touch with each other.
In 1926 he was at the height of his success and was performing a two and a half hour show on Broadway titled Houdini. He took the show to the road. Once in Montreal in October he was hit quite hard on his stomach which led him to suffer from an aggravated appendicitis. The appendix was removed on 25th October; he even performed once after the operation before he died on Halloween in 1926.
“My chief task has been to conquer fear. The public sees only the thrill of the accomplished trick; they have no conception of the tortuous preliminary self-training that was necessary to conquer fear… no one except myself can appreciate how I have to work at this job every single day, never letting up for a moment. I always have on my mind the thought that next year I must do something greater, something more wonderful.”
“The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.”
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“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”
“The buck stops here.”
Harry Truman was endorsed as the 33rd President of USA. He came in to power in 1945 after Roosevelt’s Death and remained in power till 1953.Truman oversaw the Allies during World War II.
He was born on 8th May, 1884 in Missouri. He spent his youth on his family’s barn. During his early years, he was forced to work on the same farm but he hated every bit of it. One measure of peace was the fact that he fell in love with his wife to be, Bess while working on this farm. After his father’s death in 1914 he tried to work elsewhere while taking care of his family’s farm but was unsuccessful in finding work that could pay well. Still determined and undeterred by such obstacles, he continued to find his way in the world.
“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
He joined World War I as an officer and was stationed in France. After the war he opened a men’s store but the shop did not run as planned. But this did not stop Truman’s passion for finding a job that he loved; he soon entered in to the world of politics by joining the Democratic Party in his hometown. He ran in his county’s elections and was successfully elected; he went on to become a senator in 1935. He was well known for the Truman Committee, which was able to expose waste, fraudulent acts and corruptions in the contracts signed during the war.
Germany waved the white flag just a few months after Truman became the President. It was expected that the fighting with Japan might last for a year or two. But he made sure that Japan surrendered by approving the use of atomic weapons of mass destruction against it. This helped prevent their intended invasion of America. Though a lot of people find this decision controversial, there is an even greater majority that remembers him as a hero for it.
He had exceptional policies regarding foreign affairs and worked really hard to establish the United Nations. He even battled off communism by issuing the Truman Doctrine. He presided over the Berlin Airlift in 1948 and helped create NATO in 1949. When North Korea took over South Korea in 1950 he even sent in American troops to stop this communist invasion. His administration was very successful in guiding America through the economic turmoil of the post-war era. He worked greatly to improve Civil Rights.
He died on 26h December 1972 due to the failure of a number of organs.
“A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants”
“All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.”
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“You only have one life and if you’re not doing what you love, what’s the point?”
“I don’t think people should have boundaries put on them, by themselves or society or another gender, because it’s our birthright to experience life in whatever way we feel best suits us.”
Hilary Swank is an actress and producer who has starred in a lot of movies and won two Academy Awards. She also received a star in the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Despite her fame and success, she endured a lot of difficulties as an adolescent. Her childhood was not easy; her father left her when she was 6 and she went through poverty with her mom. They did not have enough money that they used to live in a trailer park in Washington. In addition to that, Hilary Swank dropped out of high school because she felt like an outsider. However, her childhood dream of being an actress became true even after all those hardships because of her determination and ambition.
“I think that we’re all continually searching for who we are, and that’s ever-evolving and changing.”
Have you ever wondered to yourself, his or her life is so much better than mine, why was I born to an unfortunate family? Why this? Why that? In times of difficulties, it may be easier to complain at the unfairness of life rather than striving your best to reach your dreams. Hilary Swank also had an unpleasant childhood life. She was poor and her dad left her, but in spite of that she was still ambitious and did not let go of her dreams. Look at the bright side of things; even when her dad left Hilary, she still has a wonderful mother who believed that she could make it in the entertainment industry. Her mother helped her by calling casting agencies and let her audition for movies. Because of all their effort without giving up, Hilary Swank landed a number of television roles and her small exposure became a pedestal in her acting career.
For every endeavor that you do in life, you don’t feel crushed when you started low. Hillary Swank first started in television shows playing small roles, but soon after gaining more experience and more exposure, she was sought after by movie producers to star the main role in numerous movies. As Lao Tzu said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Don’t give up on your passion when at first the prospects may seem implausible; always be persistent and go after your dreams.
“One thing I’ve learned: You never know where life is taking you, but it’s taking you.”
“I don’t know what I did in this life to deserve all of this. I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.”
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“Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.”
“There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.”
Jerry Sienfeld was born as Jerome Allen Jerry Sienfeld on 29th April in 1954. He is an accomplished comedian, actor and producer. He has also written a number of scripts.
Sienfeld was born in New York and he is of Jewish and Syrian descent. Sienfeld also grew up in New York, he volunteered in Israel at the age of 16. During his time at college, he was involved in a number of college productions; this helped him understand that he had a great interest in stand up comedies. After graduation from Queens College he even auditioned at the open-mic night in “Catch a Rising Star” in New York and this helped him land his first step in the world of show business via the show “Rodney Dangerfield”.
“You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ’See if you can blow this out.’”
In 1979 he landed a role in a drama entitled “Benson” where he played the part of a mail delivery man. He had to perform a few comedy routines, after a few episodes he was fired from the series and the worst part was that he was not properly notified about this. Instead he had to find out on his own when he discovered he had no lines upon reaching the studio for rehearsal. This marked the beginning of a bleak time where he kept on looking for work but never gave up. His determination and dedication paid off when in 1981 he achieved appreciation on The Tonight Show and impressed Carson. This landed him regular roles in this show and others like Late Night with David Letterman.
He is best known for his role in the drama Sienfeld where he plays a fictional character based upon him. He co-created and co-wrote that show with Larry David. He stepped in to the production business for the last two seasons of this television series.
In 2007, he was able to co-write and co-produce an animated film titled Bee Movie. He was the voice behind the main leading character. In 2010 he secured a role in the Marriage Ref. He is also well known for his online series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
He has a well-established stand-up comedy act which is based upon things that he observes in his surroundings. He focuses his jokes on personal relationships and all the unnecessary or uncomfortable social understandings and ethics. He was awarded the position of the 12th Greatest Comedian in 2005 by Comedy Central.
“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.”
“A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.”
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“Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything, or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.”
“If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.”
Jim Carrey was born as James Eugene “Jim” Carrey on 17th January 1962. He is a Canadian- American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and producer. Carrey has been awarded two Golden Globe Awards. He is known for his energetic performances and is known as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
“It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?”
Carrey’s drive for success stems from the many challenges that he had to face in his childhood. He did not come from a well-established family. His family had a lot of trouble when it came to making ends meet so much so that he failed to complete High School as he was trying hard to support his family economically. But even with all the economic uncertainty that he lived by, he remained true to his one core potential; acting. He continued to support his family by doing various jobs and at the same time trying to find work as an actor.
He finally got his first break when he secured his first well known role as a recurring appearance in 1990 in the comedy series “In Living Color”. He is also known as a star in a huge variety of films that received recognition and applause from the audiences. Some of his most well-known films are Dumb and Dumber, The Mask and Batman Forever. The Truman Show and Man on the Moon both earned him the Golden Globe award for Best Actor.
In 2000 he gained even more fame when he starred as Grinch in How Grinch Stole Christmas and in 2003 he played Bruce in Bruce Almighty. In 2004, he played a role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. One of his most recent roles was in Mr. Poppers Penguins in 2011 and The Incredible Burt Wonder stone in 2013.
In 2013 he also secured a role in Kick Ass 2 and played the role of Colonel Stars and Stripes. But two months before the movie could be released, he got out of it. It was considered quite controversial. On Twitter he posted a statement saying that he could not support the level of violence shown in the movie in light of the recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary. In November 2014 he was seen in the movie Dumb and Dumber To. Carrey is a man with many talents and well-loved for the way he brings comedy and magic to his works.
“I’m very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful.”
“If you’ve got a talent, protect it.”
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“My mum was never too keen on TV, so we kids all went to the library and got books out. Right from the start, I loved the works of Mark Twain. Every time I read about Tom Sawyer, I’d go out and do something low-level naughty, just like him.”
“Writing’s still the most difficult job I’ve ever had – but it’s worth it.”
John Grisham was born as John Ray Grisham Jr. on 8th February 1955. He is not only an author but is also a well-known American lawyer and a politician. His books which are basically thrillers have achieved so much fame that they have been translated in to forty two languages.
“Every morning I wake at 6am or 6.30am, champing at the bit.”
He was the second born in a group of five siblings. He was born in Arkansas where his father worked on a construction site and on a cotton farm. At the age of four, he moved with his family to Mississippi, although his parents were not educated they still wanted him to get a formal education and go to college. His mother was his biggest pillar of support.
He graduated from the Mississippi State University and then attended the Mississippi School of Law in 1981. He was not only well versed in practicing criminal law but also held a position in the House of Representatives in Mississippi. He began work on his first novel in 1984; it was titled “A Time to Kill”. It was published in June 1989. His books have sold more than 375 million copies globally. He is one of the three authors that have sold 2 million copies of the first print of his novels.
The hardest challenge that John faced was the transition from a criminal lawyer to an author. Both jobs have different needs and at one time he juggled fiercely with both of his careers but never did he let his rough routine dampen his efforts to write books.
His very first bestseller was “The Firm” that was released in 1991; he was able to sell around seven million copies of that novel. This book was also produced as a film of the same name and it has also formed the bases of a series that showcased the life of Mitchell McDeree (the detective) 10 years after the events in the book. Some of his other novels that have been adapted in to films are; The Chamber, A Time to Kill, The Runway Jury, The Client, The Rainmaker and A Painted House.
“I earned my first steady paycheck watering rose bushes at a nursery for a dollar an hour.”
“I seriously doubt I would ever have written the first story had I not been a lawyer. I never dreamed of being a writer. I wrote only after witnessing a trial.”
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“I had this dream, and I really wanted to be a star. And I was almost a monster in the way that I was really fearless with my ambitions.”
“Sometimes in life you don’t always feel like a winner, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a winner, you want to be like yourself. I want my fans to know it’s okay.”
Her real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta and she was born on 28th March 1986. She is known globally as Lady Gaga and works as a singer/songwriter. She was born in Manhattan, New York where both of her parents were working on full time jobs to provide their children with the best possible life. She has Italian and French-Canadian blood in her ancestry.
“A record deal doesn’t make you an artist; you make yourself an artist.”
Lady Gaga did not get to be successful without a fight even with her well established family’s backing. Growing up she suffered from bulimia and in one of her latest interviews she admits she still has weight issues. As an actress it is crucial for her to look her best at all times and while she might seem perfect to everybody she only knows the battles she has to fight within.
She first performed in theatres and was always cast in her school plays. She dropped out of college to pursue a career in the music industry. Gaga was finally able to secure a contract with Sony/Atv Music Publishing. It was Akon who understood her potential and helped her secure a deal with Interscope Records.
It was her album entitled The Fame (2008) that helped put her under the spot light. It was a huge commercial success as her songs Just Dance and Poker Face topped charts globally. Her next album The Fame Monster with the songs Bad Romance, Telephone and Alejandro was just as equally appreciated. Her album Born This Way was placed out in the market in 2011 and she topped the charts again in more than 22 countries. Another of her album Art pop again gained high positions in US charts.
She is well known for her affluence and unique styles. She has quite a dynamic personality that is not like anything that people might have ever seen. Her stage decors and performances always leave the audience mesmerized. Her songs make a regular appearance on the Billboard Top 100s and she has secured herself a wealthy financial empire. She was listed in Forbes as not only a rich personality but also a very powerful and influential one. Apart from her music she is also well known for all of her philanthropic work and her fight for LGBT rights.
“I live halfway between reality and theater at all times. And I was born this way.”
“What I’ve learned is that you really don’t need to be a celebrity or have money or have the paparazzi following you around to be famous.”
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“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo Da Vinci was born on 15th April, 1452 in Vinci, Italy as Lionardo di ser Piero da Vinci. He was an artist, writer and also a mathematician. He died on 2nd May, 1519 in Amboise, France.
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
He was the leading person for Italian Renaissance. His father was a Notary who took care of him; his stepmothers also had responsibilities on his life. Da Vinci started his career as a novice artist under accomplished artist Verrocchio, at the age of 14. He learnt several skills like leather arts, drawing, metal work and many more for 6 years. After working for six years with great commitment, he qualified as a master artist in Guild of Saint Luke. He was able to establish his own workshop also at the same age.
In 1482 he created a silver lyre for a man called Lorenzo de Medici. With the creation, he wrote a letter to the employer describing all his skills. That creation and letter gave Da Vinci the opportunity to work on many great projects from 1482 to 1499. The famous painting “The Last Supper” has been created between that period.
After becoming a famous painter, step by step, Da Vinci was commissioned for a private project which became world famous afterwards, the “Mona Lisa”. This great painting which shows humans’ inherent spirituality was drawn between 1505-1507. Other than those two creations he has done many other paintings such as The Vitruvian Man, Lady with an Ermine etc.
Lots of people know him as a dedicated person and an artist. But he was a master of writing, scientific studies, Anatomy, Engineering and inventions. He wrote about natural philosophy, designed first flying machine according to flight of birds, designed armored vehicle, concentrated solar power, automated bobbin winder, adding machine, machine for testing tensile strength of a wire and many more designs in Anatomy, civil engineering, hydrodynamics and optics. That shows his quality of the thirst searching knowledge, inventing and courage. He never limited his talents to one certain field and did everything for mankind.
“Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?”
“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
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“I’m never satisfied. I always push my limits and I always try to get better every day.”
“It’s an honor to be recognized like that [the best player]. But Barca is not just Messi. Barca has very good players.”
Born on the 24th of June, 1987, Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini is a world renowned professional football player who plays for Barcelona FC and is also the captain of the Argentine National Team. Messi is often touted to be one of the best footballers playing today and many even argue that he may be one of the greatest the sport has ever seen. Messi has consistently broken a number of football records and holds two world cups, two UEFA Super cups, three Champions League cups, six La Liga cups and is also the leading goal scorer of all time in both the La Liga and the Champions League.
“To be honest, I never realized it. I never really thought that I was going to be really good or not. I just wanted to make my dream come true.”
Messi was not born in a well off family. His father was a worker in a steel factory and his mother worked part time as a cleaner. Messi had been fascinated by the sport at a very early age and joined his first club at the age of five. Unfortunately, at the age of eleven, Messi was diagnosed of having a deficiency of growth hormones and his treatment to overcome the situation would require about $900 a month. While many local clubs and teams had shown a lot of interest in Messi, nobody was willing to shell out the expenses for his treatment.
However, this young boy had already managed to raise a number of eyebrows with his impeccable skills and his immense talent with the ball. As such, his strength and determination shone through on the field and he was noticed by the sporting director of Barcelona FC, who offered him a contract on a paper napkin to join the club. He also assured him that if he moves to Spain in order to pursue a football career, the club would pay for all his medical expenses. Messi accepted the contract and moved on to Spain. Ever since that incident, Messi has never looked back and has gone on to make a big name for himself internationally, and has garnered a lot of love from football fans all over the world. Even after becoming one of the biggest stars in the sport, Messi has not forgotten the difficult times he has faced in his past. Consequently, in 2007, he established the Leo Messi Foundation which is dedicated to provide healthcare and also education to poor and vulnerable children. Messi is surely a very inspirational figure who has made it big on the basis of his determination and skill and has combated a difficult past to come out on top.
“Well yes, my family and my friends would tell me [That I was better than the other kids]. But, I wasn’t playing football then just to be the best, I just wanted to have fun.”
“To be honest, at that moment [when my contract was signed on that napkin], I never would have dreamed that this would happen to me. I never could have imagined that I was going to live the life that I have. I’d always dreamed of being a top football player and I’m living my dream.”
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“I’ve learned you can make a mistake and the whole world doesn’t end. I had to learn to allow myself to make a mistake without becoming defensive and unforgiving.”
“Phoebe I may play the fool at times but I’m a little more than just a pretty blonde girl with an ass that won’t quit.”
Born on the 30th of July 1963, Lisa Valerie Kudrow is an actress, a producer, a writer and a comedian who is most famous for having portrayed Phoebe Buffay in the popular sitcom Friends. She has received a couple of Screen Actor Guild Awards and also an Emmy for her performances in the show. Even apart from Friends, Lisa has won many other accolades and awards for other performances including an Emmy for Web Therapy and another Emmy for the reality show, Who Do You Think You Are. In terms of nominations for awards, Lisa has received a Golden Globe nomination, nine nominations for Emmy Awards and twelve nominations for Screen Actors Guild Award.
“I’m the youngest in my family, and everyone is very funny, and I was always trying to keep up with them. I just loved making people laugh.”
Lisa was born to a middle class Jewish family in Los Angeles. Her mother worked as a travel agent and her father was a specialist in dealing with headaches and a physician. Lisa wanted to follow the footsteps of her father and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. At the age of 16, Lisa underwent a rhinoplasty surgery in order to reduce the size of her oversized nose. After her graduation, Lisa worked as a part of her father’s medical staff for a lengthy period of 8 years before she made her first break in acting. Lisa has also received credit for research having been conducted on cluster headaches while working on her father’s team.
Lisa started off her career on screen with comic acts. However, she was facing difficulty in breaking through the circuit. She was often replaced by other cast members and her roles were usually short lived. Her first big breakthrough came in the sitcom Mad about You and after this took off, Lisa has only been on the rise. She went on to play roles in a number of sitcoms and has been loved and adored for her performances all over the world. Lisa is a fine example of a fighter who demonstrates great will and spirit and never gives up. Even after being replaced and rejected in a number of shows and after struggling for a period of eight long years, Lisa has managed to shine through her problems and she is one of the most loved and adored female comedians today.
“Before I became an actress, I used to think, ‘When I get famous, there’s so much love for you. And I think that’s what everyone’s after with trying to achieve celebrity.”
“I’d played dumbasses a lot. On Mad about You, I played a very dumb waitress and they saw me.”
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“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
Born on the 6th of August 1911 and died on the 26th of April 1989, Lucille Desiree Ball was a popular actress, model, comedian and also an executive at film studios. She is well known as the star of a number of shows including I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Life with Lucy, Here’s Lucy and also The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. She had started working as a model at the age of 18 and adopted the stage name of Diane Belmont. Lucille enjoyed a lot of success in the 1950s in her shows and she went on to produce a number of very popular shows in the future, including Star Trek and Mission Impossible. Lucille has won a number of awards in her career. She has won four out of thirteen nominations for Emmy Awards. She has also won the Women in Film Crystal Award, a lifetime achievement award, the governor’s award and also the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
Lucille was born to a father who was a telephone line worker. As such, the job required the family to be transferred very often. At the young age of three, Lucille lost her father and her mother went on to remarry four years after the incident. While Lucille’s mother and stepfather were travelling looking for work, Lucille was left in the care of her stepfather’s parents who kept her under strict conditions. There were no mirrors in the entire house except for a bathroom mirror and when Lucille was found to be admiring herself, she was rebuked for being vain and foolish. This particular incident had a profound effect on Lucille and she claims that it proved to change her life. Lucille’s stepfather would often organize shows which required female entertainers and at the age of 12, Lucille started performing on stage. She was quick to realize the power the stage lent to her and her appetite for recognition began here.
The rest is a well-known story. Lucille went on through her teenage years garnering more fame and recognition and started making appearances in Hollywood movies in the 1930s. She has won a number of accolades and received a lot of recognition for her performances in both movies and television shows. Lucille has received a lot of awards, some of which have even come posthumously. She also has museums which commemorate her works. Lucille Ball is one of the best examples of grit and determination. She strived to be recognized and has managed to do a fine job throughout her life and is continuing to gain more recognition, even after her death.
“The more things you do, the more you can do.”
“In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.”
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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi is a well-known figure of peace all over the world. He was born on the 2nd of October 1869 and was assassinated on the 30th of January 1948. He was one of the most prominent figures to have led the successful Indian struggle for independence. His peaceful teachings and non-violent methods of rights movements have inspired many movements of freedom across the world. Born as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, he was conferred the honorific title of Mahatma which stands for venerable. His birthday is observed as a national holiday in India and he is lovingly referred to as Bapu or the father of the nation. He is one of the most respected figures in India and the Indian paper currency has his image on all the denominations. His death day is also observed as Martyr’s Day in India.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Gandhi was born in a well to do family in British colonized India and the ancient Indian stories of peace, truth and love had a great impact on him since his childhood. Gandhi travelled to England in 1888, where he pursued studies in law and jurisdiction. While he wanted to establish a law practice firm, he found himself unable to cross question witnesses and criminals. He then moved to South Africa to work as a lawyer for an Indian firm. South Africa exposed the world of discrimination against the non-whites to Gandhi. He was often abused, beaten up and was also thrown off a first class train coach. Gandhi protested to all of these in a peaceful and non-violent manner and these events ignited a passion in him to fight against social discrimination.
Gandhi returned to India in 1915 and was dedicated to questioning the practices and the injustice of the British Empire. His peaceful methods of demonstrations and his values of truth, love and peace attracted a number of people and soon, almost the entire country was rallying behind him in support. He demonstrated and formed a number of non-cooperative peaceful movements and was also recognized to be an eminent Indian leader by the British. After the wars as Britain looked to free its colonies, India gained its independence, but was also broken down into India and Pakistan. This incident deeply grieved Gandhi but he could not do much to stop it from happening. After India’s successful independence, Gandhi was saddened to see that people were lusting for power and that his vision had been diluted. In 1948, Gandhi was assassinated as he was thought to be the prime reason behind favoring a separate nation for Pakistan by the Hindu extremists.
Gandhi’s has always been extremely peaceful and has always adopted non-violent methods in order to oppose things. He has shown the world a lot in terms of peaceful demonstrations and he is one of the most revered figures in the history of peace. However, Gandhi has not been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, even after having been nominated five times.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
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“Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she’ll conquer the world.”
“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space”
Born on the 1st of June, 1926 and died on 5th of August 1962, Marilyn Monroe is a well-known model, actress and singer, best known as one of the biggest sex symbols in the 1950s and 1960s. She has worked in a number of notable movies during the period and received a number of nominations for awards. She also won the Golden Globe Awards and has often been cited as one of the biggest icons of pop and culture and is touted as America’s quintessential sex symbol. She has also been named as the number one in Film’s Sexiest Women of All Time by TV Guide Network in 2009.
“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere”
Born as Norma Jean Mortenson, Marilyn is believed to have been an illegitimate child as the surname Mortenson was quickly changed to Baker. Mortenson was Mariliyn’s mother’s husband for a short period of time before she married Baker. Marilyn had to spend most of her childhood at foster homes as her mother was mentally unstable and also financially incapable to take care of her. However, the mother kept demanding that Marilyn be returned to her and even managed to zip her up in a bag and tried to take her away from her foster parents. Later, Marilyn spent some time with her mother, but these were plagued by a number of mental episodes which would haunt Marilyn for the rest of her life.
As such, Marilyn developed certain traits of substance abuse, hyper-sexuality and disturbances in sleep patterns and also difficulties in interpersonal relationships. However, she did not let her issues deter her from pursuing a career in modeling. Even though she faced a lot of struggles and issues, she worked on hard and received a break in the movies when she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures. Soon, she caught the eye of many notable photographers in Hollywood and went on to pose nude and became one of the biggest sex symbols that Hollywood had ever seen. Towards the later part of her career, unfortunately Marilyn faced a lot of problems with illnesses and personal problems. She died from an overdose of barbiturates in 1962. Marilyn died a young and untimely death, but she had already made such a big name for herself that she is well-known even today.
“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.”
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Born on the 15th of January 1929 and assassinated on the 4th of April, 1968, Martin Luther King was a humanitarian, an activist and a leader of the civil rights movement for African Americans. Martin was also a devout Christian and he employed non-violent methods of civil disobedience. He is known to have been one of the best orators in the history of America and he also received the Nobel Peace Prize for trying to combat racial inequality. He had attracted a lot of national attention and was focused on fighting other societal issues such as poverty and wars. He was assassinated in Tennessee which was followed by riots in many major American cities. He has been conferred many awards posthumously including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and also the Congressional Gold Medal. His birthday is observed as a federal holiday. Hundreds of streets across the country, many memorial statues and even a county have been named after Martin Luther King.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
King was born to a devout Christian family. His father would often whip him in order to instill some character in him. As they were a black family in a white nation, King as well as his family was often subject to a lot of racial discrimination and abuse. Most of his childhood and his adolescent years were spent in depression because of all the hate that he and his relatives had to face. While he was uncertain about some of the claims of Christianity, he went on to adopt many of the beliefs of the Bible and felt an inner urge to help the human race.After graduating in sociology, King went on to pursue his doctorate studies. His peaceful methods and preaching appealed to many peoples, especially all the blacks who were facing racial discrimination. Soon, he garnered a lot of attention and followings and became involved in many movements concerning politics in the U.S. He was recognized to be a powerful orator and his speeches are famously quoted even today. Martin Luther King was assassinated at a young age, but in his short life, he proved to influence many major movements and is also an icon in world peace.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
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“People like to talk about “Cinderella stories,” but Cinderella didn’t get her happy ending without lifting a finger. She had to show up at the ball, be charming and smooth, and win over the prince. Of course she had help along the way, but ultimately it was up to her to make the fairy-tale ending happen.”
“If you know where your next meal is coming from, you are not poor.”
Michael Jeremy Oher was born on the 28th of May 1986 and he is a professional player in the National Football League of the U.S. He represents the Tennessee Titans and plays in an offensive tackling position. He has received All American honors from the University of Mississippi. His endeavors and his life though his school years and his college years have been turned into a book entitled “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis in 2006. The movie, “The Blind Side” to be released in 2009, which won an Academy Award, was also based on him.
“Don’t ever allow yourself to feel trapped by your choices. Take a look at yourself. You are a unique person created for a specific purpose. Your gifts matter. Your story matters. Your dreams matter. You matter.”
Michael Oher faced a lot of difficulty in his childhood. While his father would be frequently in and out of prison, his mother was an alcoholic as well as a cocaine addict. As such, he had to repeat a number of grades and was frequently required to shift schools. At the age of seven, he began living in foster homes and faced alternating periods of living in foster homes and homelessness. Oher went on to join a Christian school after many difficulties and then began playing football. He was adopted in 2004 and his new family attended to all of his needs. Despite doing poorly in curricular activities, Oher managed to graduate, thanks to many credits that he earned on internet courses.
After this, Oher never looked back and went on to receive scholarship offers from many different universities. Throughout his career in college, he received many accolades and awards. 2009 marked the birth of his professional NFL career. Michael Oher’s tough childhood and his difficult past have been hindrances to his life, but he has always struggled hard and today, he is a well-recognized star. The fact that a book and an Academy Award winning movie has been made on somebody so young goes to say a lot about how he managed to overcome the odds and make it right to the top.
“It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn’t at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side?”
“If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that’s pretty good.”
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“Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that.”
“There’s an electrical thing about movies.”
Oliver stone started his career in military and his interest on films forced him to work for film industry where he later became a director. He was born on September 15, 1946 in the New York City. He discontinued his education from the Yale University and joined the Army in 1967. Within a short span of time, he received several honors and the influence of Vietnam War in which he participated can be clearly seen in most of his films. Once he came out of American Army, he studied Fine Arts (1971) and from then onwards he concentrated on films.
“Fear may very well be a caveman fear of the predator, of the giant lizard chasing them – maybe that’s what Steven Spielberg connects with so well in Lost World.”
Just like so many other people, Oliver Stone also struggled a lot to get chances. He played some comedian roles and worked as a cab driver to earn money. He even did some odd jobs like messenger and salesman as he struggled financially. After long struggle, he started his work as a film production assistant and tried to impress already well-established directors with his stories. He won his first academy award for the adaptation of “Midnight Express” in 1979.Even after winning the Academy award; his film career didn’t speed up. He was criticized for over dramatizing the novel and hurting the sentiments of Turkish people.In 1986, he directed the film Platoon, which gave him due recognition as a writer and director.This is considered as one of the best war films ever made and from then onwards, stone never looked back but kept on directing the films.
Though his earlier life was influenced by Christianity, he is now practicing Buddhism. He didn’t contest in any elections directly but expressed his support for Barack Obama in the USA presidential elections (2008 and 2012). He expressed his full support for wiki-leaks and its founder Julian Assange.He is very active politically and expresses his views on all the famous international events (if possible).
“One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.”
“I think experience will teach you a combination of liberalism and conservatism. We have to be progressive and at the same time we have to retain values. We have to hold onto the past as we explore the future.”
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“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”
“We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.”
Pope Francis was born in Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina on 17th December, 1936. He is pope of the Catholic Church in Vatican City State. He always advised priests to help the poor people by showing mercy and by opening the door always to the poor people. The worst thing he sees happening in church is the self-centered nature. He always said that his people were poor and so he. He lived in an apartment where cooking and other chores were only done by him.
“Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.”
His father was an accountant in railways and mother was a housewife. The family consisted of 5 children. He graduated as a chemical technician before becoming a priest. In 1969, he was ordained and in 1973, he made the final profession with Jesus. The important point of his education was finishing his doctoral thesis in 1986. In 1992 he was appointed as the Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires. In 1997, he became the dignity of Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Eight months later, he was raised as Archbishop. After three years, he became the General Relator to the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Episcopal Ministry. He was given the position of President of the Argentine Bishops’ conference in 2002, but was declined by him; He was later selected for the position in 2005 followed by a re-election in 2008 for another 3 years. In 2013, he was elected as Supreme Pontiff.
He did great job in evangelization while aiming for major goals; assisting the poor and sick people, efforts of evangelization to all people in the city, giving major role to laity in evangelization, open communication. He launched a unity campaign in 2009 for the bicentenary of the freedom for the country. There are around 200 charity agencies to be formed by 2016. He is also a member of many religious and social organizations.
“Money has to serve, not to rule.”
“We all have the duty to do good.”
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“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”
Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, popularly known as Richard Branson was born on 18th July 1950 in Blackheath, London, England. After completing his school, one of his teachers told him that he will either become a billionaire or will spend most of his life in prison. His teacher’s guess was right and at present, his net worth is close to five billion dollars and he is internationally popular as the king of Virgin Empire. Apart from Virgin Records, he also works on stocks and he is an active investor. According to Forbes, he is the seventh richest billionaire in the whole United Kingdom.
“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
Starting from the name of the company to the business, tactics that he uses are innovative and they have fetched him due recognition. He and his friends are new to business and their business tactics are fresh; hence Branson suggested the name “Virgin” when they were planning to start a music recording company. From the music series, he expanded the Virgin Empire to several sectors which include but not limited to Film and TV production, Airways, Railways, Communication and Animation etc. Though all this seems fine, very few are aware s about the struggles he faced in creating the gigantic Virgin Empire.
While he started selling the music records, the market for music records was dull and he used marketing strategies like giving discounts, redeeming points for repeated customer’s etc. to make his business successful. Once the Virgin Records became stable, he gave opportunities to so many bands and some of them also became controversial. After he expanded his business to Airways, Virgin Atlantic gave stiff competition to already well-established British Airways. British Airways involved in some unethical practices and Branson won the legal case against it and distributed the money he got in the form of compensation to the Virgin Atlantic employees. At present, he is concentrating on renewable energy sources and offering scholarships to researchers who are working on economically viable alternative energy sources.
“I love the freedom of movement that my phone gives me. That has definitely transformed my life.”
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
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“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”
Even after 2400 years after his death, Socrates is considered as one of the greatest philosophers of all time. One must note here that he didn’t write anything and all the works which are credited as Socrates works are written by his devotees/scholars like Plato, Xenophon etc. According to historians, he was born on 470/469BC and his father, Sophroniscus was a sculptor and his mother was a housemaid. He was married to Xanthippeat an early age and the couple was blessed with three sons.
“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”
He started his career as a stone cutter and later dedicated his life to study philosophy. He considered this as one of the important arts and dedicated his life to discuss the things that were beyond the imagination of the people present at that time. Within a short period of time, he got the teacher tag and the number of disciplines started to grow. The dialectic form of enquiry he proposed is the base of Philosophy study and it is popular worldwide as method of “elenchus”. According to some reports, Socrates had the opportunity to escape from the jail as his students bribed the guards who were on duty. Socrates refused to flee and drank poison hemlock and died in the prison.
When the Athens city was defeated by Spartan Army and in the process of rebuilding, people thought of democracy as the effective way to rule but Socrates criticized as he considered democracy as the inefficient form of government. In some of his dialogues, he supported the archrivals of Athens people and this irked the patriotic feelings of Athens people and Socrates suffered stiff opposition. He always wanted to improve the sense of Athens people and the historians who favor Socrates reasoned this as a main reason to impose capital punishment.
“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
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“Either get busy living or get busy dying”
“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
Stephen King was born on 21stSeptember 1947 and his parents were Donald Edwin and Nellie Ruth. His birth took place in Portland, Maine but his works made him popular worldwide. During his childhood, one of his friends died in a horrific train accident and according to critics, this accident played a critical role in his personality and that’s the reason why most of his works are themed as dark genre. However he didn’t mention this incident or its influence anywhere. From his childhood he liked horror comics and most of his works are heavily influenced by EC’s horror comics.
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
His life was not smooth and starting from his childhood, he faced so many problems. His father left his mother when he was only two years old and his mother had to take care of him and nursed him along with his brother. His mother did so many odd jobs to raise them and she even worked as a care taker in a nursery to meet the financial requirements of the family. The hardships faced by his mother left a strong impression on his mind which can be seen on his novels.
In 1970’s, when he was working as a teacher at Hampden Academy, he became addicted to alcohol and his lifestyle changed. Though he was writing stories, his personal life was affected and his health condition too became worst. Suffering like this for ten years, he finally gave up drinking and concentrated on his career. On 19th June 1999, he was involved in an accident and his situation became critical. Multiple fractures and the lung injuries forced him to take rest for more than three months and it took more than six months for him to become normal. He wanted to announce retirement during this period but the support from his family made him recover quickly and his successful writing career is still continuing.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
“The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.”
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“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
Steve Paul Jobs, popularly known as Steve Jobs was born on 24th February1955 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was the co-founder of Apple Inc. and with his charisma only Apple succeeded in creating pioneered devices which revolutionized the computer field. His contribution to consumer electronic products like smartphones, tablets, and computers is worth mentioning as no other individual in the twentieth century made that much contribution to the consumer electronics field.
“I want to put a ding in the universe.”
The life of Steve jobs is not a cake walk as he had faced so many struggles. He was born to an unmarried mother and he was adopted by Paul and Clara who took care of him like their own child. In his biography, Steve Jobs considered his adopted parents as his 1000% original parents. He enrolled in Reed College and discontinued the course as his parents couldn’t afford the financial requirement of that course. He joined a much cheaper Calligraphy course and this course immensely helped him in developing different fonts for Mac. Even after the success of Apple Inc. He was thrown out of the company and without any depression, he started “NeXT”. After he was thrown out of Apple, the company failed to survive and in a dramatic fashion, Apple acquired NeXT and Steve jobs once again became the CEO of Apple Inc. He introduced significant changes in Apple Inc. and played a key role in the development of products like iMac, iPad, iPhone etc.
Despite huge success in his career, he was criticized as he didn’t donate anything for charities. He received several honors and awards and he became the synonym for Apple Inc. In 2003, he was diagnosed with a tumor and his health condition became worst and he transplanted his liver in 2009. Because of the same health problem, he died on 5th October 2011 creating a big vacuum in the digital technology.
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
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“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”
“The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.”
Susan Brownell Anthony was born on 15th February 1820 in the United States and is best known for the role she played in women’s suffrage movement and also for being an advocate for women’s rights as well as an abolitionist.
“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations… can never effect a reform.”
Anthony was born in a Quaker family who had overall specific views and was against slavery and other social injustices. Very early in her life she developed strong moral beliefs and went on to fight for different causes throughout her life. When only in her mid-20s (mid 1940s) her family moved to a farm in the New York area and altogether got involved in the abolitionist movement. 1851 was a pivotal moment in Anthony’s life, while attending an abolitionist conference she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton who would become her life-long companion in her crusades.
After the abolitionist movement, Anthony became involved in a movement aimed at the limitation (or complete stop) of alcohol production and sale. Times were tough for women in those times, not being allowed to vote and speak in public. When she was denied the right to speak at a convention on account of being a woman she had the idea to start a women’s rights movement so that women can vote and own property. All the campaigns for women’s right did not get her very far and in 1872 Anthony went to vote illegally which got her arrested and fined $100.
Her fight for women rights got her an appointment with President Roosevelt in 1905 (age 85) and she kept fighting until 1906 when she died at the age of 86. Women were given the right to vote in 1920 mostly due to her efforts. It just goes to show what determination can do. In 1979 special $1 coins were issued with her portrait making her the first woman to appear on currency.
“Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.”
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“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”
“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.”
He was born on 12th January, 1863 in Kolkata, India with the name of Narendranath Nath Datta who became a Hindu monk later; he died on 4th July, 1902.
“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”
In his childhood he showed his talents in gymnastics, music and also in studies. He got huge knowledge on many subjects including western philosophy and history. He is said to be born with a yogic temperament, somehow he began following medication when he was young. He then got associated with Brahma movement.
He had doubts on existence of god. He heard about Sri Ramakrishna from a professor in his college and went to meet him. He asked tons of questions from Sri Ramakrishna including “Have you seen the god?” Somehow Sri Ramakrishna was able to win Narendra with his explanations, and his pure, unselfish love. Then it became a typical Teacher pupil connection as in history of spiritual masters. Narendra did more spiritual studies then and he met young men who were searching for it.
He had a big crash when his father died in 1884. He bore it with his family members. Again there became a difficult situation in his life, when he was diagnosed of throat cancer. He then went to a rented villa at Cossipore and he was well treated by young nurses. With time, he became the leader of a young group which was seeking for spiritual glory. After 1887 they became formal sannyasa and used new names making Swami Vivekananda of Narendra.
Lots of followers of Sri Ramakrishna were in their own worlds where Vivekananda was seeking for greater mission trying to listen to his inner call. He went around India visiting the poor people and helping them not only by giving spiritual knowledge but also by giving them knowledge on how to develop in things like agriculture, village industries etc. This was a major step that could reduce poverty in India. He gave them inspiring messages and made faith in their minds. He simply spoke to their spirit and made a huge difference in people’s mind.
In 1893, he attended religious parliament in Chicago and spread his message all around the world with his team. He was then named “The messenger of Indian wisdom to the western world”. Vivekananda and his team did a lot of social works and services in India. He passed away on 4th July 1902.
“Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.”
“Arise, awake and do not stop until the goal is reached.”
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“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Thomas Edison was born on 11th February 1847 in Ohio. He grew up in Michigan and was the last of seven children amongst his siblings. His father played a part in the Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837 and thus had to flee his homeland in Canada. Thomas Edison is known as one of the most influential inventors and businessmen of his time.
“Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.”
Edison’s achievements seem fascinating when one thinks about the problems that he had to overcome to achieve them. Edison suffered from scarlet fever at a very young age; this fever caused multiple infections in the ear. Due to inadequate treatment, this fever robbed him off his abilities to hear properly. As a consequence he was constantly bullied at school. His mother took notice of that and began to home school him. There were a lot of things that he had to compromise on because he could not hear properly, but through growing up he learnt to use his knowledge to his advantage and not let his abnormality let him down.
He was interested in making things from a very small age. He taught himself how different things worked and at the age of 16 he was working as a telegrapher. He earned some money and used his brilliant mind to produce a modified stock ticker which earned him $40,000. He then moved to New Jersey and used his earning to build a lab for himself. It was in New Jersey that he met his wife; Mary Stilwell. In 1876 he was able to construct a larger lab for himself in New Jersey; this was the very first of its kind lab in USA.
He has thousands of patents to his name; he invented the phonograph in 1877. The phonograph was the invention that actually led him to the greatest amount of recognition and fame initially. His fame reached to the extent that in 1878 he was invited to show his invention to President Rutherford at the White House.
But the phonograph is not the only invention that he is remembered for. It was the invention of the light bulb that he will be remembered for in generations to come. He also worked extensively on dynamos, fuses, sockets, switches and insulations among other things.
He set up the first power station for commercial use in 1882 in Lower Manhattan. After Thomas’s wife death, in 1886 he remarried Mina Miller and he lived with her till he died in 1931.
“There is no substitute for hard work.”
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
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“You have to let people see what you wrote. It will never be perfect, but perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring.”
Elizabeth Stamatina Tina Fey was born on 18th May 1970. She is not only an American actress but is largely known for her work as an excellent comedian. She was born in Pennsylvania to a home with working and educated parents.
“I’ll be ready for it to happen and that way it won’t happen. It’s a burden, being able to control situations with my hyper-vigilance, but it’s my lot in life.”
When Tina Fey was 5, one day out in her house’s front yard she came face to face with a traumatic event. While she was busy playing in front of her home, a stranger came out of no where and cut her at the side of the cheek with a knife. She has a faint scar on her side that is living proof of that. She has recently revealed that it was very hard for her to fight off the traumatic feelings that this event imparted on her but she remembers her struggles to fight off the depression that was always threatening to set in during her childhood.
Knowing well that life was too short to waste upon an event such as that, she faced life with full determination. She was interested in comedy routines, performances and acts from a very young age. She had always remained at the top of the class during her school years and graduated in 1992 from University of Virginia.
She secured roles in a number of drama and comedy serials. She has worked in a variety of serials for which she gained massive popularity like “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock”. She has also worked on a number of popular films like Mean Girls, Date Night, Muppets Most Wanted and Baby Mama. She also joined SNL to not only work as a writer but also as a performer. She co-anchored the Weekend Update section.
For her ground breaking performances she has been awarded with a total of eight Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. She has also been nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2010 she was also given the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour.
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“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”
Vincent was a son to a minister and was born on 30th March 1853. Initially Van Gogh had never thought of being a professional artist, it was his failures to be what he initially desired that turned him on the road to a painting legacy.
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”
He started off work as an arts dealer just like many other relatives that he knew. From the age of 16 he was hurled in to that direction, he was glad to escape from a childhood that he did not like at all. He was never satisfied with his childhood and always thought the world was too cruel to him. An art dealer’s job felt like a welcome relief initially but at the age of 23 at the peak of his success he was fired from this position. Distraught at losing something that he had found immense pleasure in, he tried to look for work as a minister. Although he desired this new path immensely, he failed to get in the school. Undeterred by this failure, he tried taking a class from another school where he also failed. For any man this could have been the very persuasion that he needed to choose a different path but not for Van Gogh, he was stubborn and persistent and did not let problems decide his path.
He decided that a formal education as a minister was not a necessity and he went on to minister to the poor in a coal mining hub in Belgium. He had earlier lived with the poor so he was able to better understand their problems and subsequently guide them. But the local church thought that he was being disrespectful of his position and stripped him off the permission to minister to those people. Now utterly miserable with his life he turned to painting as a means of finding peace. Another Vincents’ brother on the other hand had grown to be a strong and successful businessman and art dealer; he came to Vincent’s rescue. He saw the talent that Vincent exhibited in his paintings and persuaded him to take arts classes in Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts. This was the first step in his commemorated legacy.
But hardships followed him then too, he showed signs of mental stress and opposed his father’s persuasion to seek help in an asylum. He fell in love with a prostitute and had to face further opposition from his family. But this companionship was short lived and he returned to his family, a broken man once again. After this he sought to clear up his act by taking more arts classes and started developing masterpieces that are dearly loved and cherished today. After a long period at home he went away and invited a friend to come and live with him. He often fought with him; one day during a quarrel he was about to lash out on to his friend with a blade, upon understanding what he was about to do, he fled the scene and hid in a brothel where he cut off his ear and gave it to the local people.
This was the last straw that pushed him in to a mental asylum. He also painted masterpieces while in an asylum. Soon, though he left the asylum to be closer to his brother, one day while walking in a field he shot himself in the stomach and died two days later. And this is how the legend of Vincent Van Gogh was made. His entire life story is that of struggle; a struggle to find his way in this world and with each struggle, instead of losing hope he sought a solution and maybe this is why he is blessed to have people who remember him for his wonderful paintings.
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”
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“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
Warren Edward Buffett was born on 30th August 1930. He is a well-known American businessman, investor and socialist. He is considered to be the most influential investor of the 20th Century. He is the CEO and the person with largest shares in Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered to be amongst the top 1 percent of the richest class in the world. One of the reasons for his growing wealth could be the fact that he gives away 90 percent and some times more of his wealth for many philanthropic reasons.
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
From a young age he was considered to be a prodigy in Mathematics. His father was a stockbroker and thus he learned to make money from a very tender age. It was at the age of 11 that he invested in his first shares. He bought three shares priced at $38. Those shares dropped to $27 initially, any other young man could have cried and let that be the end of his financial adventure but Warren was adamant to see results, he held on to his shares till they reached $40. He earned a small profit but regretted selling the shares when the stock reached an impressive $200. He considers this failure as the first of many lessons in his lifelong learning experience.
He started his own business at 13 and started selling a tip sheet that could help people in betting. At the same time he also paid the first of his taxes. A series of entrepreneurial ventures followed and most of them were very profitable.
On 11th April 2012 he fought off cancer and pursued his financial work with even more vigor. His story is a tale of tremendous success and it teaches everybody to understand that success is not a one night endeavor. Success only comes to those who are ready to suffer and fight as hard as they can against the odds. Entrepreneurs who are trying to succeed can learn a lot from his persistence and ability to correct his mistakes.
“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”
“You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”
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