Coming from different walks of life, everyone has faced criticism and failure. But what defines us is not how we failed but how we get back after the hit.
Through the passage of life, there have been many people who might not be our teachers but might have taught us a lot of things in life. They not only have inspired the adults with their noble deeds and hard work but also kids.
History has a glut of the phenomenal list to propound when it comes to the inspirational people. From various fields like literature, science, religion, technology and many more narrowing it down to five no mean feat.
Here is a list of five people who we think have taught and inspired us in all these waves of life-
- Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore from an early age was a noted Bengali wordsmith that India had introduced to the world. He would always put his thoughts to paper with eloquence and ease. He created an avid influence on the minds of his passionate readers and hence was known as the ‘Poet of poets’. Tagore wrote his first poem at the age of 7. Indian Culture and literature drew his attention like a magnet. His literature and music work has been translated into various global languages like German, Dutch, Spanish and English. His contribution to the India literature is enormous but his biggest contribution to India would be writing the National Anthem “Jana Gana Mana”. Tagore always taught what he believed. He said that if you have the strength, never disown the poor and show everyone respect, regardless of who they are. Treat others as you would like to be treated. We shouldn’t bow down to someone just because they ask us to.
- Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda was an original youth icon. He has always inspired the youth and hence his birth anniversary is declared as the ‘National Youth Day’. He inspires generations to strive for success and meaningful life. Vivekananda believed education is the manifestation of perfection already in men. He believed that the education given to young people was always negative and hence they don’t gain confidence or self-respect from it. He said if young boys and girls are encouraged and are not unnecessarily criticized all the time, they are bound to improve in time. He said, “Whatever you think, that you will be.” He taught people to be honest, even if it is difficult, to be focused, not to discriminate on basis of caste or religion dare to face all your problems and many more. His message for the youth was, “Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.”
- Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa believed that the world could be changed with love and compassion. She lived her life with a load of love, kindness, sacrifice and devoting it to help others she was committed to the upliftment of the society and empowering the deprived in way that only a few leaders have been able to in centuries. She used to work for the poor providing them with medical facilities as a loving nurse. This led to the formation of Missionaries of Charity; a charitable brethren for the neglected and orphaned class. She welcomed the poorest of the poor with open arms and sheltered them here. Mother Teressa believed in sharing love, staying humble, being committed to a cause and have principles. She also suggested to always choose the most strenuous task and said: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
- A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is known as “The Missile Man of India”. He was the 11th President of India and was also the greatest scientist with the most humble personality. He had an ample amount of love for students and eductions. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a PhD holder and was appointed as the project director of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). At the time of his occupancy as a director, he led many successful missile and launching projects. He said “My message, especially to young people is to have the courage to think differently, the courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to young people.” He was a simple man and was very hardworking and dedicated. These two qualities are very inspiring for adults as well as children.
- Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs is the chief founder of Apple Computers and grew up with a strong interest in electronics. He started Apple Computer in 1976 from his family garage and today it is one the leading companies in the world. He aimed to make computers which were cheaper, smaller and accessible to the common man. Jobs said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” He felt that it is important to trust yourself and laugh at the face of failure, also surround yourself with successful people. Jobs entire life is an epitome to his beliefs and that it is only through great work that one can lead a truly satisfying life.
In the end, it is just important to adapt to these life-changing thoughts. They all focused on a similar concept of listening to your heart to fulfil your dream. They also propagated the importance of hard work and the strive for success. Don’t be afraid to try just because you think you might fail, just keep trying. Everything is a lesson if you’re willing to learn it.