Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mohandas Gandhi
He was Time magazine’s Man of the Year in 1930, and is one of the top political figures of all time. But Mohandas Gandhi is best known for being one of the first to promote nonviolence to achieve major change. Gandhi is quoted more often than other political figures, and the recognition is warranted. Not only has Mohandas Gandhi-also known as Mahatma Gandhi-inspired countless people the world over, his teachings have provided the blueprint for the non-violent efforts of famous leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. His Be The Change quote speaks right to the heart of us all. He proved that no matter how huge the undertaking, change begins with the person you see in the mirror.
“Nobody can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou’s accomplishments are grand: Pulitzer Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, National Women’s Hall of Fame, multiple Grammy Awards, the Lincoln Medal, and more. The poetess has received more than fifty honorary degrees during her long career. Her most famous poem, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, won a National Book award. But did you also know that this Renaissance woman overcame racial discrimination to become San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor, taught throughout Africa, and has linguist skills in French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and even the West African language of Fanti?
“If I fail, I try again, and again, and again.” Nick Vujicic
Nick Vujicic would be a success story without achieving anything else in life. His remarkable journey begins with surviving the rare birth defect tetra-ameli–a disorder that leaves one without any limbs. But Mr. Vujicic doesn’t let this hurdle stop him from being a true testament. He surfs, plays golf, skateboards, skydives, cooks, and a laundry list of other things. As the founder of the non-profit Life Without Limits, Nick tours the U.S. and abroad speaking to crowds about the importance of living without limits. The recently married motivational speaker has written several books, and can type forty-two words per minute. The following Vujicic quote sums him up best: “The challenges in our lives are there to strengthen our convictions. They are not there to run us over.”
“I learned that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back that the essence of life is to go forward. Life really is a one way street.” Agatha Christie
As far as top spots go, William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie are the benchmark for best sellers. One million books sold is a feat not reached by the majority of writers, and to sell more than a billion is unheard. Ms. Christie however, has achieved the later and has set many records with her art of storytelling. Her popular stage play “The Mousetrap” has been running for more than five decades and been translated into more than 100 languages. It would seem the global audience and fan base of Agatha Christie cannot get enough.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney
Declaring bankruptcy with his first business venture in Kansas, the man who created Mickey, Donald, Goofy and other famous characters faced a few challenges before he found success with the well-known mouse. A failed tenure at Universal Pictures due to contract disagreements didn’t help matters. Due to his sheer tenacity, Mr. Disney’s vision eventually created the foundation for the forty-two billion dollar conglomerate it is today. happiness sayings