Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.
In this article, we are going to see about ten great people who worked really hard to reach their goals keeping aside the negative comments from critics.
1) Nelson Mandela – Champion of Freedom
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. A member of the African National Congress party beginning in the 1940s, he was a leader of both peaceful protests and armed resistance against the white minority’s oppressive regime in a racially divided South Africa. His actions landed him in prison for nearly three decades and made him the face of the antiapartheid movement both within his country and internationally. A symbol of global peace-making, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
2) Mahatma Gandhi – Anti-War Activist
Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, India, Mahatma Gandhi studied law and advocated for the civil rights of Indians, both at home under British rule and in South Africa. Gandhi became a leader of India’s independence movement, organizing boycotts against British institutions in peaceful forms of civil disobedience. Mahatma Gandhi was the primary leader of India’s independence movement and also the architect of a form of non-violent civil disobedience that would influence the world. Gandhi traveled through India, teaching ahimsa and demanding eradication of “untouchability.” The esteem in which he was held was the measure of his political power.
3) Barack Obama – First Afro-American POTUS
Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first Afro-American to hold the office and the first president born outside the continental United States. After college he moved to Chicago, where he became a community activist.
In the Kenyan town where his father was born, the long-brewed “Senator” brand of beer has been nicknamed “Obama.” He was chosen as one among “10 people would change the world” by New Statesman magazine in the year, 2005. He is the fourth US President to win a Nobel Peace Prize (2009) after Theodore Roosevelt (1906),Woodrow Wilson (1919) and Jimmy Carter (2002).
4) Will Smith – The Fresh Prince
Willard Carroll Smith is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. Smith has been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. Given his formidable success in numerous arenas of the entertainment industry, the multi-talented Will Smith qualifies as an original “Renaissance man.” Will Smith transitioned from successful rapper to Hollywood A-lister, starring on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air before headlining such films as ‘Independence Day,’ ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Ali.’
5) Martin Luther King Jr. – The Reverend
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement. According to biographer Taylor Branch, King’s autopsy revealed that though only 39 years old, he “had the heart of a 60 year old”, which Branch attributed to the stress of 13 years in the Civil Rights Movement.
6) Oprah Winfrey – The Little Speaker
Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally telecasted from 1986 to 2011. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. Oprah Winfrey will forever be remembered as an innovator through the landmarks she made, becoming the first female African American to host a television show. Inspiring millions of people across the world, discussing significant issues on her show such as equal rights toward genders, racism, poverty, and many others. Oprah will be seen as an icon someone who paved the way for others to become successful.
7) Usain Bolt – Lightning Bolt
Usain St Leo is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest human ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. He also holds the world record as a part of the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events. Due to his unprecedented dominance and achievements in the athletic field, he is widely considered the greatest sprinter of all time. In between winning his first Olympic 100m title at Beijing 2008 and his 11th world gold – in the 4x100m relay in the Chinese capital seven years later – Usain Bolt pocketed another 15 Olympic and world championship gold medals. In the process he became the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen, reprising his signature “Shh” gesture and “Lightning Bolt” celebration pose at arenas all over the world.
8) Clive Lloyd – Super Cat
Clive Hubert Lloyd is a former West Indies cricketer. In 1971 he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He captained the West Indies between 1974 and 1985 and oversaw their rise to become the dominant Test-playing nation, a position that was only relinquished in the latter half of the 1990s. He played in 110 Test matches and 87 one-day internationals and lifted the World Cup in 1975 and 1979 but lost in the finals of the 1983 World Cup to India. He also played county cricket for Lancashire in England. In the 90s, he was coach and also manager of the West Indies team. He managed the West Indies team in the 1999 World cup with little success.
9) Muhammad Ali – The People’s Champion
Muhammad Ali, born as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr was an American Olympic and professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring. An Olympic gold medalist and the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times, Ali won 56 times in his 21-year professional career.
10) Michael Jordan – Air Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player. He is also a businessman, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.
Few inspiring quotes of Michael Jordan are:
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed”
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying”