There are some people who manage to achieve so much, it’s a wonder how they manage it all in the one lifetime. But, instead of being jealous of these super-humans, you should try and use them as something so aspire to. You see, these perfect people, they’re good for a life blueprint – people who show you what you can do if you put your mind to it, and stick to your values.
So, next time you’re feeling a little bit lackluster, or even starting to become a bit complacent with how things are, here are six people who you should think of to remind you that you can – and should – always be doing more.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was the face of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, which fought for racial equality throughout the 20th century. Known for his unwavering dedication to his cause and his faith in humans, King was talented both at motivating people and challenging the country’s beliefs. His iconic “I have a dream” speech is one of the world’s most well-known pieces of oration, and is a good thing to Google is you ever need a bit of inspiration.
Emily Wilding Davison
If you ever feel like giving up, or like there are bigger forces at play than you are able to deal with, there are three words you need to remember: Emily Wilding Davison. This famous suffragette was jailed no fewer than NINE times for her protests against the treatment of women in early 20th century England.
There’s a lot to admire about the 16th President of the US. He led America through its most turbulent historical period – the American Civil War. You would never have thought that this poor farm boy would have come to be one of the US’s most easily recognized, and best loved, historical figures.
Being told that you’re too young to do something is a stupid idea – is there really any reason why age should affect ability? But, if people seem intent on telling you that you aren’t old enough to chase your dreams, telling them the story of Jessica Watson should straighten them out. At just sixteen, while other girls are worrying about their high school grades and boys, she became the youngest person to sail around the world solo.
Disney’s films allow you to enter into a world of fantasy, but this animation genius faced a fair few setbacks in his career. After facing a string of bad luck – including dropping out of school at sixteen to join the army only to be rejected – Disney landed a job as a newspaper columnist, where he was fired for “lacking imagination.” Lacking imagination. Disney. Wow.
If you want someone who is doing inspirational things right now, you should look no further than Malala Yousafzai. This 16-year-old Pakistani education activist was shot by Taliban gunmen in 2012, but has recovered and is continuing to fight for a girl’s right to education under Taliban rule.
Frances Lucy is a student from Sydney. She’s inspired by many things, from the designs at boxanddice.com.au that help change people’s lives, to the speeches of Martin Luther King.