The world has got people that revolutionized themselves and their nations. They were an inspiration for everyone in their life and the world still admires them. They are inspirational people in history who inspire me.
One thing that was common in all those inspirational people was their influence. They somehow influenced their nations. Later their influence was felt across the globe. And are thought of and recognized as some of the most influential people in history.
They are individuals who made a difference in the world, and certainly, they are important people in history. For their well-known and distinguished deeds, they are also considered famous people in history, though that was not their intention.
Some were the leaders who fought for freedom, some were scientists with discoveries that revolutionized science, while some were peace ambassadors.
In short, they belonged to every dimension of life. They inspired the people through struggle, consistency, clarity of thoughts, and then with their success stories.
People That Inspire
From the beginning, the world has been influenced by the men who stood for their mission and accomplished it. If we talk about inspirational people, we’ve got hundreds of leaders, athletes, and ideals who made a positive impact on their society and people.
Each of them worked for the betterment of humanity and the basic rights that were ignored most of the time! Not only are they inspiring people or inspirational people, but they are also inspiring leaders.
We’ll talk about some of the most inspirational people in history, and examples of leaders.
Mahatma Gandhi – Indian Leader
Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most inspirational leaders of the twentieth century.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on the 2nd of October 1869. He died on the 30th of January 1948. He was considered a leader and a freedom fighter of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India.
Using nonviolence as a way to a peaceful transition, Gandhi used this method to lead India to independence. This nonviolent way inspired movements for civil rights and freedom throughout the world.
Gandhi, with his merchant family sect from western India in coastal Gujarat, was born and brought up in the Hindu tradition.
Growing up, Gandhi was shy and unexceptional as a student. He, however, applied himself to reading much. He wished to be a doctor, but his father who was chief minister of Porbandar influenced him to serve in other ways.
Gandhi, therefore, embarked to study law at the Inner Temple in London. He subsequently graduated and began practicing in court back home.
Not quite successful in his law career at home, he relocated to South Africa to represent a client in a lawsuit and remained there for twenty-one years.
Here he had a family. And he engaged in nonviolence as a civil rights campaigner.
Gandhi, at 45 years of age, returned to India in 1915. He set about representing and leading the farmers, the peasants, and laborers in demonstrations against discrimination and land-tax that was excessive.
In 1921, Gandhi became a leader of the Indian National Congress. He lead campaigns across the country for issues with respect to poverty, women’s rights, religion, ethnicity, segregation and prosecution of a certain caste of people, and for self-rule or independence.
This in essence was the basic human rights struggles of the masses.
Gandhi identified with India’s poorer classes by his white attire or lack thereof. Wearing a short dhoti, and adding a shawl in the winter months. He also lived a life of modestly in a community of like-minded souls whose meals consisted of simple food for vegetarians, in addition to fasting.
This was the life of Gandhi, a devout practicing Hindu.
As such, Gandhi was one with his Indian brothers and sisters overall and he was appreciated.
And as a united people he led them to take exception to the salt tax that was imposed by the British. This took place in 1930 with the event known as the Dandi Salt March which consisted of 400 kilometers.
With his continued efforts of protests, he ultimately demanded that the British rule over India cease in 1942. Such efforts on his part caused him to be confined and jailed countless times.
All the while Gandhi encouraged the practice of nonviolence and truthfulness.
He aspired for uniting India even with their religious diversity. However, the Muslim sect wanted to be separated with their own territory in the 1940s. So in August 1947, India was granted independence by the British. This comprised two territories, A Hindu India with the majority of the inhabitants, and a Muslim Pakistan.
There was numerous unrest and struggle which resulted in violence erupting amongst the Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs as they took up residence in their new territories. This was more prevalent in the Punjab and Bengal areas.
On his part to bring comfort and consolation to those affected, Gandhi in Delhi, forsook the Independence official celebration to visit those in the impacted areas.
Steep in his religious beliefs as a Hindu, Gandhi for months underwent various fasts to encourage and foster harmony and reconciliation amongst the religious factions.
His fast for the last time on the 12th of January in 1948 was targeted with the objective of trying to persuade India to compensate Pakistan for cash assets owed to them.
With the offending feelings felt by some of his countrymen, Gandhi was assassinated on the 30th of January in 1948.
In India Gandhi is usually regarded unofficially as the Father of the Nation.
And on the 2nd of October, which is his birthday, it is observed in India as Gandhi Jayanti, which is celebrated as a national holiday. Globally it is known as the International Day of Nonviolence.
Buddha – Spiritual Teacher
Siddhartha(known as the Buddha), was the founder of Buddhism. He was from a royal family and brought up with all luxuries and life comforts. But he forsakes the comforts and tried to observe the reality behind the circle of life.
He secretly left the house, leaving his wife, son, and parents, and went into the planes to find the actual goal. He wanted to learn about the life facts that were not discovered yet. He wanted to learn the enlightenment of life. In his intense quest, he fasted excessively and lost his ability to walk. Later, as history writes, a passing woman gave him some food and the prince realized he was making a mistake not eating. He later described that there’s a need to maintain a balance between fasting and feasting or else the body fails.
As he went through years of meditation he found life’s real meaning. Later, he started traveling to Nepal and India to share his teachings. He taught humans to keep balance in their life as mortality is something we can’t avoid. He used to give talks on enlightenment and once, during his talk, he held up a flower and maintained silence. The people didn’t get his thoughts and later he explained to them that words are of no meaning to real enlightenment. Silence is the only way to find purpose in your life.
His teaching inspired the whole subcontinent through his teachings and travel. In his life, his knowledge was transferred orally through his students. Later, as he left the world, people came to know the real value of his knowledge. Right now, millions follow his thoughts, and other than the subcontinent, the west admires his views on keeping balance in one’s life.
Martin Luther King – Inspirational Leader
Martin Luther King was an American civil rights leader who grew up watching a society with inequality due to color. Black was considered inferior by the white people and they were living a miserable life. Martin had a mission to end the inequality present due to color.
Martin always supported nonviolent protests and his thoughts always raised awareness to end the discrimination. He believed that everybody is created equal and no one has the right to call himself superior.
After the Montgomery Bus Boycott where Black stopped using the bus service, his efforts made it to the Supreme Court and stressed the authorities to work on equal rights to every citizen ending up the color discrimination.
Martin was a great speaker and thinker, his speeches including ‘I have a dream’ made people focus on progress rather than revenge. All of his thoughts were progressive and he was influenced by Gandhi’s (an Indian leader) philosophy of nonviolent protests. His speeches had the power to uplift the audience and take action. He fought for the rights of Black and influenced America to move in the right way. The U.S government later decided to have a special day to appreciate his efforts to civil rights and the country’s progress. No doubt, Martin is ideal for civil rights activists.
Nelson Mandela – Leader of South Africa
It is natural that all those leaders who made their nations build powerful habits like forgiveness stayed an inspiration for centuries. Nelson Mandela was one of them, he was a South African political activist who spent twenty years in prison for his opposition to the apartheid regime. He wanted to end racial segregation in South Africa. He was awarded the Nobel prize for his humane efforts.
He had a dream to have his country South Africa to be a model for human rights activists. He urged his nation to forgive and become the one where rights are equal for everyone. He is an inspirational leader for the 20th and 21st century and taught nations that if development is what you want, you have to end the differences within. The nation kept walking in the leadership of Mandela and the rest is history. South Africa later became a state filled with prosperity.
Nelson Mandela is considered one of the most inspirational personalities for the equal human rights movement and the hurdles he faced, 20 years of prison and several setbacks.
Winston Churchill – Prime Minister of UK during WW-II
Winston Churchill is one of the inspiring figures that helped in making the UK a strong country. He started his career as an army cadet and served at various locations. He served as a war correspondent in the First World War which was a failure. All of his policies failed and the army lost hundreds of troops. That failure was not enough to stop Churchill, he wanted to make his country an ultimate success.
Later, he joined the Liberal party and continued his struggle to make the nation prosper.
He continued his political career with the party and spoke about the country’s defense every time.
During the Second World War, he was serving his nation as prime minister. He made use of his power so effectively that the UK won the war. Churchill made history by staying consistent in his political career despite the difficulties.
When he retired from politics after his time as Prime Minister, he spoke about justice and freedom. He supported fair play and declared justice as the guarantee to a civilized nation ahead.
Abraham Lincoln – The US Freedom Leader
Abraham Lincoln was an American President during the civil war and played an excellent role to end slavery. He belonged to a modest family and lost his mother at an early age. His father moved away in Indiana and he had to work day and night to survive. Despite all of his darkest hours, he kept his desire for studying. He studied regularly for hours and it eventually made him start his career as a lawyer. He was a self-trained guy with great communication skills.
During his eight years of law career at Illinois, he won most of the cases and practiced justice within the courts.
Lincoln had a desire to fulfill the ‘All men are created equal’ statement. Following this desire, he entered politics and spoke about ending slavery. The opposition was there to stop Lincoln through logarithmic tactics but he kept his public speaking precise to the desire.
The efforts bore fruit when he was elected as the first Republican President of the United States. Civil War was there which was a big disaster to the nations participating in. He had the power to win arguments through his humor and win-win strategy.
The great soul was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while visiting Ford’s theater. Lincoln’s death was grieved across the nation.
Lincoln spent his life saving the Union and promoted Republican values. He was one of the inspirational leaders who practiced honesty and integrity in their entire careers.
Plato – Greek Philosopher
Plato (the student of Socrates) was a great thinker. He grew up in an aristocratic family which helped him pursue a better education. With his clarity in thoughts and speed of learning, he impressed the world of philosophy as a whole.
He used to reference his teacher, Socrates in his thoughts and teachings. He wrote the ‘Apology of Socrates’ to elaborate how his teacher gave his life defending himself. His major area of concern was philosophy. Through his clarity in thinking, he felt a distinction between the body and the soul. He also found that materialism and perfections are two different aspects. He insisted his fellows think and look at how the world reacts.
Plato was one of the founders of Philosophy and he was the preacher of it. He engaged his students with questions and shared his crystal clear ideas about how and why this happens. Questions never die, but Plato answered a lot of questions that were unanswered before!
Muhammad Ali – Inspirational Athlete
Muhammad Ali is considered to be the most inspirational athlete in history. He was a boxer and performed exceptionally both inside and outside the ring. Outside the ring, he impressed the audience through his talks on religion – Islam.
Being black, he realized the unequal behavior that blacks face. Outside his ring, he struggled his entire life working for civil rights. He was against the violent acts of the Vietnam war and stressed peace rather than war.
He became a victim of color discrimination when he was refused to be served at a whites-only restaurant. On that occasion, he threw his Olympic Gold Medal into the Ohio River.
Muhammad Ali was an inspirational athlete who spoke about peace, civil rights, and said no to color discrimination every time. The whole boxing industry admires his efforts in and outside the ring. He still remains an inspiration for all growing boxers.
Jesse Owens – The Gold Medal Inspiration
History has got some great athletes with superpowers to influence their gameplay. Jesse Owens was one of them. He was the one and only to reach 100 yards dash for just 9.4 seconds.
Jesse belonged to a lower-class family, so he had to study and work together to survive. He used to do micro-jobs but didn’t give up practices for the Olympics. Running was his ultimate goal and he wanted his body to win the best athletic performance. The brightest days came when he broke three world records during one particular track run. He broke the longest jump award which wasn’t unshakable for twenty-five years, and 220 yards plus 220 yards hurdles game that wowed the world.
Jesse had to go through several serious phases during his athletic career. At the start of the 20th century, segregation was rooted in the US. He had to stay at different restaurants and hotels during the competitions, he wasn’t allowed to enter ‘whites only’. But his sportsmanship won hearts, he never complained about any of the situations he encountered. Although he isn’t the world’s fastest man anymore his efforts showed humans winning gold medals isn’t the thing, but winning hearts is!
Contributor: Kazim Abasali