There are many people who perform feats of a lion in the shape of a lamb and become an inspiration to millions. Nothing can deter them from achieving what they decide to attain. They are unstoppable and are motivated enough to follow their dreams and passion and prove everyone wrong who question their capability and exceed expectations of those who have faith in them. They bring a change by changing the norm. Here we are with few celebrated real life heroes and heroines who made a difference in themselves and motivated millions.
1. Stephen Hawkin : Nothing is Impossible
A man who has challenged all physical, emotional and academic barriers in his lifetime. Hawking suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a motor neuron disease that has left him paralysed and people will mostly recognise him for the American, robotic sounding speech generating device which allows him to communicate.
Not only has his determination to defy the doctor’s predictions of his two year life expectancy in 1963, but he has also dedicated his life to the world of academia. His book A Brief History Of Time discusses his own theories of cosmology and he is the director of Research at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.
Despite his disease which is a severe disadvantage not only for his personal life, but for his research too, he still married with children and is continuing his research in order for us to better understand the world in its scientific form.
He is a real life example of a man with immense determination and a will to succeed. The passion in him is still so strong that it has overpowered the strength of the disease he is suffering and let him lead a wonderful and enlightening life.
2. Nick Vujicic:a man with no limbs who teaches people how to get up
“I’m happy; why aren’t you?”
Nick Vujicic, an Australian man born with the rare Tetra-amelia syndrome has excelled in life and nothing could deter him from doing so.
Despite being limbless, missing both arms at shoulder level, and having only one small foot with two toes protruding from his left thigh, he is doing surf, he’s swimming, playing golf and soccer. Nick graduated from college at the age of 21 with a double major in Accounting and Financial Planning and became a motivational speaker with a focus on life with a disability, hope and finding meaning in life.
Having addressed over 3 million people in over 44 countries on five continents, he becomes that hero whose stories will be sung long after he is gone.
3. Sean Swarner: first cancer survivor to complete the 7-summits, the highest peaks of the 7 continents
The 29,035-foot giant known as Mount Everest tortures its challengers with life-threatening conditions such as 100 mph winds, the dramatic loss of oxygen, snowstorms, and deadly avalanches. Climbers of Everest are faced with incredible dangers, but for Sean Swarner the obstacles he overcame prior to his summiting make his story even more compelling.
Sean isn’t just a cancer survivor; he is truly a medical marvel. He is the only person in the world ever to have been diagnosed with both Hodgkin’s disease and Askin’s sarcoma. A decade later and with only partial use of his lungs, Sean became famous for being the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest.
After the summit of Everest, Sean had the desire and dream to continue moving forward and reaching people around the world. Climbing the highest mountain on each continent became his next goal. Proving to others that anything is possible, Sean successfully summited Mt. McKinley, to be the first cancer survivor to complete the seven summits.
With his list of achievements and aspirations he definitely becomes the person who everyone should look upto.
4. Randy Pausch:inspired thousands of people with his dying speech
Randy Pausch, an American professor of computer science, learned that he had pancreatic cancer –a terminal illness– in September of 2006. He was given 3 months of life, but he lived 3 more years and inspired millions of people from around the world to follow their dreams.
A year after being diagnosed, Paul gave an upbeat lecture entitled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”.
In his famous speech, Pausch showed a list of his childhood dreams, and explained how he achieved each of them. His dreams were: being in zero gravity, playing in the National Football League, being the author of a World Book Encyclopedia article, meeting and being Captain Kirk, being “one of the guys who won the big stuffed animals in the amusement park”, and becoming a Disney Imagineer.
With this kind of motivation and passion he surely inspired many an d left all of us with great grief but A last speech to remember.
5. Liz Murray:from Homeless To Harvard
New Yorker Liz Murray was born in 1980 to poor, drug-addicted, HIV-infected parents. She became homeless just after she turned 15, when her mother died of AIDS, and her father moved to a homeless shelter.
Murray’s life turned around when she began attending the Humanities Preparatory Academy in Chelsea, Manhattan. Though she started high school later than most students, and remained without a stable home while supporting herself and her sister, Murray graduated in only two years. She was then awarded a New York Times scholarship for needy students and accepted into Harvard University, matriculating in the fall semester of 2000.
She left Harvard in 2003 to care for her sick father; she resumed her education at Columbia University to be closer to him until 2006 when he died of AIDS. As of May 2008, she was back at Harvard working towards her degree with plans to graduate with a degree in Psychology in June 2009.
Her life became a movie in 2003 and she now works as a professional speaker, representing the Washington Speakers Bureau. That same gutsy strength that pulled her from the streets now transforms the lives of others, from student groups to business audiences in need of inspiration to overcome their own obstacles.
And her story serves as an example to many who give up every day.