Elevating Stories

This page features zero-to-hero stories of some of the most inspiring figures I know. Reading these transformational stories is a great way, not only to get inspired, but also to learn from other's mistakes and victories.

Elon Musk -  Elon Musk is an important figure in our times, impacting a variety of industries from online banking to space exploration. At times controversial, Musk is no stranger to [...]
--> The Visionary Disruptor: Elon Musk Story

Bruce Lee -  Fighting his way from the gang-infested streets of Hong Kong to the big screen of Hollywood, Bruce Lee formed his own style with every move. Bruce Lee, born Lee Jun-fan [...]
--> A Man After His Own Style: Bruce Lee Story

Arnold Schwarzenegger -  Just a glance at Arnold Schwarzenegger in his peak performances, his body chiseled into almost superhuman form, will strike you as strength embodied. But what we learn [...]
--> Building Strength: Arnold Schwarzenegger Story

Bob Marley -  "Though the road's been rocky, it sure feels good to me." -- Bob Marley The soul-stirring music of Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist Bob Marley comes from a place [...]
--> The Spiritual Roots of Success: Bob Marley Story

Martin Luther King -  Martin Luther King Jr., Southern Baptist preacher turned political activist, inspired a nation to stand up to the status quo and make a change. He had a dream, as he [...]
--> The Heroic Orator: Martin Luther King Story

Nelson Mandela -  For Nelson Mandela, nothing worth fighting for can be achieved without struggle. Mandela is celebrated internationally as the first black president of South Africa who [...]
--> The Unlikely Leader: Nelson Mandela Story

Jeff Bezos -  The impact of a single stroke of genius can be immeasurable. Take the case of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, who started an online bookstore in his garage and [...]
--> Jeff Bezos Zero-to-Hero Story

Elie Wiesel -  I recently finished the book Night by Elie Wiesel and it offered some powerful inspiration that I want to share with you today. Jewish-American author, professor, and [...]
--> From the Darkest Night: Elie Wiesel’s Zero-to-Hero Story

José Mujica -  He may be “the poorest president in the world” by income, but Uruguay President José Mujica may also be the most popular world leader by virtue of his humility. [...]
--> Lessons from José Mujica’s, the Poorest President in the World

Ernest Shackleton -  In the early 20th century, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton gave new meaning to the word “endurance.” On his third expedition to Antarctica, Shackleton lost his ship [...]
--> Courage and Persistence: Ernest Shackleton Story

Eckhart Tolle -  On the cusp of the new millennium, Eckhart Tolle ushered in a new era of spirituality in America with his bestselling book, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual [...]
--> The Now Teacher: Eckhart Tolle Story

Barack Obama -  Before he became the first African-American president in history, then-senator Barack Obama wrote the story of his improbable journey in the best-selling book, The [...]
--> Barack Obama’s Zero-To-Hero Story

Mahatma Gandhi -  It is an unimpressive boulder that is transformed into a stunning monolith with the inspired consistent effort of a man. And the same stands true for the development of [...]
--> The Father of the Nation: Mahatma Gandhi Story

Steve Irwin  -  The section of the world’s population that actualizes its dreams and pursues its passions is a startlingly small one. And unsurprisingly, the world’s most successful [...]
--> The Crocodile Hunter: Steve Irwin Story

Amelia Earhart -  Segregation of populations along the lines of gender, religion, socio-economic conditions or any other factor creates a divide that the unprivileged must battle against. [...]
--> The Queen of the Skies: Amelia Earhart Story

Emil Zapotek -  Not every person immediately recognizes their innate abilities, and among the most important task to be carried out by any person in the world is to be alert to his [...]
--> Emil Zapotek Story

Helen Keller -  Often, one aims too low and celebrates the achievement of the goal set. To be able to muster courage to work around your blind spots and progress is worthy of [...]
--> Helen Keller Story

With the world meting out criticism and discouragement faster than you can say “charity”, those truly seeking to serve the destitute find themselves pitched against [...]
--> Mother Theresa Story

David Copperfield  -  The lives of the successful are increasing over dramatized and people like to believe that one has to undergo a great tragedy or survive pitiful childhood experiences to [...]
--> David Copperfield Story

Jim Carrey -  Come across the name Jim Carrey and you are instantly reminded of a comic face with amazingly flexible facial muscles, a loud cheerful voice that can jerk a clinically [...]
--> Jim Carrey Story

Muhammad Ali -  There is always more to a person that what meets the eye, and it is this veiled part of a man that truly defines his character. Muhammad Ali is a name that no discourse, [...]
--> Muhammad Ali Story

Martin Luther King -  “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity,” stated [...]
--> Martin Luther King Story

Anthony Robbins  -  A man’s life is a saga of struggle for achievement of various goals. However, a man is known, at a basic level, only by his victories. The barrels of midnight oil [...]
--> The Ultimate Success Coach: Anthony Robbins Story

Dalai Lama  -  In a world whose populations are increasingly aware of the gruesome struggles of their fellow beings, and common life is buffeted by power lusty beings of all hues, [...]
--> Dalai Lama Story

Lance Armstrong -  People go through similar experiences during their lifetime. What differentiates those experiences is the manner in which the people respond to those experiences. [...]
--> Lance Armstrong Story

Steve Fossett  -  Steve Fossett is one of my greatest heroes. Holding more than 100 world records in aviation, sailing and ballooning, Steve Fossett is probably one of the greatest [...]
--> Chasing The Wind – Lessons From Steve Fossett Story

Richard Branson -  Richard Branson, a name and face a recognized in almost every corner of the world, is a source of great inspiration for all those who have been dispirited by the [...]
--> Challenging Conventions – Lessons from Richard Branson’s Story

Benjamin Franklin -  Benjamin Franklin is best known for being one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. But this man also wears a host of other hats – that of a [...]
--> Rising Above Adversity – Lessons from Benjamin Franklin’s Story

Albert Einstein -  "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." said a man whose life was steered by his unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Albert Einstein is a name that [...]
--> Never Stop Questioning – Lessons From Albert Einstein’s Story

Winston Churchill -  Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, said Thomas Alva Edison. Genius is buried beneath multiple layers that need to be peeled off for a person to shine with [...]
--> Never Give In – Lessons From Winston Churchill’s Story

Pele -  Pele is a name no soccer fan can do without, and the man is touted to be the best soccer player the world ever saw. Pele did not have the world handed over to him on a [...]
--> The King of Football: Pele Life Story

Bill Gates -  Going by materialistic standards of wealth being directly proportional to “success”, Bill Gates is the most successful person the world ever saw. Going by [...]
--> The Practical Visionary: Bill Gates Story

Steve Jobs -  I've just finished Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, A very long (656 pages) and fascinating story about a creative genius whose vision transformed the computer [...]
--> Think Differently: Steve Jobs Story

Oprah Winfrey -  To me it seems Oprah Winfrey is everywhere. On a recent flight I happened to pick up a random magazine and realized Oprah even publishes her own magazine. There is [...]
--> The Queen of All Media: Oprah Winfrey Story

J.K. Rowling -  Almost everybody heard about the Harry Potter books series, but almost no one heard the incredible zero to hero story of the author, J.K. Rowling. I personally haven't [...]
--> J.K. Rowling Zero to Hero Story

Team Hoyt -  During my Ironman triathlon journey, I used to watch inspiring videos to get myself even more motivated. There was one story that kept coming up on Youtube. It was the [...]
--> Team Hoyt’s Zero-to-Hero Story

Sylvester Stallone  -  Ever since I was a little kid I loved the story of the Rocky films. I have never thought much of Sylvester Stallone at the time, but then I watched a Youtube video (See [...]
--> Sylvester Stallone Zero to Hero Story

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