Famous Icons who Failed but Never Stopped
What makes People Inspirational?
You can't succeed at anything if you quit. Don't be a quitter, be a failure. History bows down to those who faced obstacles and never gave up despite failures. If we had no heroes, the world wouldn’t have been the same. Heroes are inspirations! An inspirational man/woman is someone who possesses perseverance – the ability to get through hardships. With no perseverance, they would be easily defeated. Here we look at the people who used their influence to create a better future for others, gave them hope and inspiration to strive.
Mahatma Gandhi is widely described as the father of the nation. The ahimsawadi Indian proved the world that anything can be achieved via non-violence and peace. Besides helping India gain independence, he inspired mankind with his beliefs and integrity. Many failures came his way and freedom movements he started were fraught with difficulties. He was imprisoned for many years but he kept moving unfazed of the failures. What we learn from the great man’s life is if you have a cause that you truly believe in, you should never stop to fight until you win.
Nelson Mandela changed the world and did it with love, not hate. He is also known by his clan name Madiba, a sign of respect and affection. Mandela was South African anti-apartheid revolutionary. His struggle against apartheid inspired the world and it was his efforts that created a modern, racially integrated South Africa. He faced many obstacles, was denounced as a communist terrorist and spent 27 years in prison. By the time of his death, Mandela had come to be widely considered "the father of the nation”.
There has never been a more inspiring story of a business tycoon than Dhirubhai Ambani – a tale of a man who started with a penny and ended up with countless wealth. He is the founder of Reliance group, one of the wealthiest firms in the world today. Ambani didn’t come from affluent background, faced many setbacks but never gave up hope. He rose to power through sheer grit and determination.
Selfless is the word that best describes Mother Teresa. She devoted her life to helping others, spread the message of love, humanity and peace to the world. She spent her life supporting the cause of women empowerment. She fought the failures that life threw at her but continued serving mankind by building homes for orphans, nursing homes for lepers and hospices.
From being a chai-vendor to the Prime Minister of India is no cake-walk. Narendra Modi never got affected and achieved success with every step he took. Modi is credited with massive reconstruction projects in his home state of Gujarat but was alleged to have allowed communal violence and sectarianism in the Gujarat riots in 2002 for which he was later given a clean chit. He is now counted among the most powerful leaders in the world.
Who does not know Amitabh Bachchan in India? He is arguably the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. He first gained fame in the 1970s but suffered setbacks with his production house, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL) and was also on the verge of bankruptcy. Amitabh never gave up and continued to fight the challenges and rose to the top.
Ray Charles is an inspiring story of a one-of-a-kind genius. Ray was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s. He fused rhythm, blues, gospel and blues in his compositions. At the early age of 7, he became blind from glaucoma. However, this event did not hinder Charles' life. He persevered through hardships, excelled in his area of work, and became one of the best.