Elevating Life Stories

This page features elevating life stories and biographies of some of the most inspiring figures I know. Reading these inspirational biographies is a great way, not only to get inspired but also to learn from others' 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 [...]
--> Elon Musk: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Bruce Lee: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Arnold Schwarzenegger: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Bob Marley: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Martin Luther King: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Steve Jobs: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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. [...]
--> Jose Mujica: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Ernest Shackleton: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Mahatma Gandhi: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Steve Irwin: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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. [...]
--> Amelia Earhart: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Anthony Robbins: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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, [...]
--> The Dalai Lama: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Eckhart Tolle: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Oprah Winfrey: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> JK Rowling: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 an [...]
--> Team Hoyt: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Steve Fossett: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Richard Branson: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Benjamin Franklin: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Albert Einstein: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Winston Churchill: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Pele: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Bill Gates: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Nelson Mandela: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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: Life Story, Bio and Facts


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 [...]
--> Elie Wiesel: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Dan Aykroyd -  Who is Dan Aykroyd? Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and businessman. He was born on July 1, 1952, in Ottawa, Ontario. He began his career as a [...]
--> Dan Aykroyd: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Tex Avery -  Who is Tex Avery? Tex Avery (February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director best known for his work on the Warner Bros. and [...]
--> Tex Avery: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Jane Austen -  Who is Jane Austen? Jane Austen (born December 16, 1775 - July 18, 1817) was an English novelist, best known for her six major novels that have become literary classics. [...]
--> Jane Austen: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Marcus Aurelius -  Who is Marcus Aurelius? Marcus Aurelius (born April 26, 121 AD; died March 17, 180 AD) was a Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher. He was born into a Roman equestrian [...]
--> Marcus Aurelius: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Aung San Suu Kyi -  Who is Aung San Suu Kyi? Aung San Suu Kyi (born June 19, 1945) is a Burmese politician, diplomat, and author who served as the State Counsellor of Myanmar (formerly [...]
--> Aung San Suu Kyi: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Augustus -  Who is Augustus? Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus (23 September 63 BC – 19 August AD 14) was the first Roman emperor, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. He was [...]
--> Augustus: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Augustine of Hippo -  Who is Augustine of Hippo? Augustine of Hippo, also known as Saint Augustine, was a prominent Christian theologian, philosopher, and bishop of the 4th and 5th centuries. [...]
--> Augustine of Hippo: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Jean M. Auel -  Who is Jean M. Auel? Jean M. Auel is an American author best known for her Earth's Children series, a series of historical fiction novels set in prehistoric Europe. She [...]
--> Jean M. Auel: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Margaret Atwood -  Who is Margaret Atwood? Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic. She was born on November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Canada, and grew up in northern [...]
--> Margaret Atwood: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Rowan Atkinson -  Who is Rowan Atkinson? Rowan Atkinson is a British actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his role as the bumbling and accident-prone character Mr. Bean in [...]
--> Rowan Atkinson: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Mustafa Kemal Atatürk -  Who is Mustafa Kemal Atatürk? Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was the founder and first President of Turkey. He was born in 1881 in the Ottoman Empire and began his military [...]
--> Mustafa Kemal Atatürk: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Ari Aster -  Who is Ari Aster? Ari Aster is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his horror films, including "Hereditary" (2018) and [...]
--> Ari Aster: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Fred Astaire -  Who is Fred Astaire? Fred Astaire was an American dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer. He was born on May 10, 1899, in Omaha, Nebraska, and began his career in [...]
--> Fred Astaire: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Julian Assange -  Who is Julian Assange? Julian Assange is an Australian computer programmer and founder of WikiLeaks, a website that publishes classified and leaked information from [...]
--> Julian Assange: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Isaac Asimov -  Who is Isaac Asimov? Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born American writer and professor of biochemistry, widely considered a master of science fiction and popular science. He [...]
--> Isaac Asimov: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Arthur Ashe -  Who is Arthur Ashe? Arthur Ashe was an American professional tennis player. He was born on July 10, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia, and began playing tennis at a young age. [...]
--> Arthur Ashe: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Shoko Asahara -  Who is Shoko Asahara? Shoko Asahara, born Chizuo Matsumoto, was the founder and leader of Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese doomsday cult responsible for the 1995 Tokyo subway [...]
--> Shoko Asahara: Life Story, Bio and Facts


King Arthur -  Who is King Arthur? King Arthur is a legendary figure in British history and medieval literature. The historical existence of Arthur is debated by scholars, but his [...]
--> King Arthur: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Susan B. Anthony -  Who is Susan B. Anthony? Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist. She was born in 1820 and grew up in a Quaker family in upstate New [...]
--> Who is Susan B. Anthony? Life Story and Fast Facts


Patricia Arquette -  Who is Patricia Arquette? Patricia Arquette is an American actress and director. She was born on April 8, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois. She began her acting career in the [...]
--> Patricia Arquette: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Darren Aronofsky -  Who is Darren Aronofsky? Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing films such as [...]
--> Darren Aronofsky: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Neil Armstrong -  Who is Neil Armstrong? Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who became the first person to walk on the [...]
--> Neil Armstrong: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Louis Armstrong -  Who is Louis Armstrong? Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), also known as "Satchmo" or "Pops," was an American jazz musician, singer, and bandleader. He [...]
--> Louis Armstrong: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Karen Armstrong -  Who is Karen Armstrong? Karen Armstrong (born November 14, 1944) is a British author and commentator on religious affairs. She is best known for her books on the history [...]
--> Karen Armstrong: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Aristotle -  Who is Aristotle? Aristotle (384 BCE – 322 BCE) was a Greek philosopher and polymath who lived in ancient Greece. He was a student of Plato and tutored Alexander the [...]
--> Aristotle: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Oscar Arias -  Who is Oscar Arias? Óscar Arias Sánchez (born September 13, 1940) is a Costa Rican politician and diplomat who served as the President of Costa Rica twice, first from [...]
--> Oscar Arias: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Hannah Arendt -  Who is Hannah Arendt? Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was a German-born political theorist and philosopher. She is best known for her work on the nature of power, [...]
--> Hannah Arendt: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Archimedes -  Who is Archimedes? Archimedes of Syracuse (287 BCE - 212 BCE) was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. He is widely considered as one of [...]
--> Archimedes: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Catherine of Aragon -  Who is Catherine of Aragon? Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536) was the first wife of King Henry VIII of England. She was born in Spain, the daughter of King Ferdinand II of [...]
--> Catherine of Aragon: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Eleanor of Aquitane -  Who is Eleanor of Aquitane? Eleanor of Aquitaine was a queen consort of France and later England during the 12th century. She was born in 1122 in the Duchy of Aquitaine, [...]
--> Eleanor of Aquitane: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Thomas Aquinas -  Who is Thomas Aquinas? Thomas Aquinas was a Catholic priest, theologian, and philosopher in the 13th century. He is considered one of the greatest thinkers in the [...]
--> Thomas Aquinas: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Johnny Appleseed -  Who is Johnny Appleseed? Johnny Appleseed was a legendary figure in American folklore, known for planting apple trees throughout the Midwest region of the United States [...]
--> Johnny Appleseed: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Apollo -  Who is Apollo? Apollo is a god in Greek and Roman mythology. He is the son of Zeus and Leto, and the twin brother of Artemis. He is often considered to be the god of [...]
--> Apollo: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Marc Antony -  Who is Marc Antony? Marc Antony, also known as Marcus Antonius, was a Roman statesman and general. He was born in 83 BC and began his military career as a young man, [...]
--> Marc Antony: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Maya Angelou -  Who is Maya Angelou? Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, and civil rights activist. She was born in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri and had a difficult childhood, [...]
--> Maya Angelou: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Julie Andrews -  Who is Julie Andrews? Julie Andrews is a British actress, singer, and author. She was born in 1935 in London, England, and began her career as a child performer in the [...]
--> Julie Andrews: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Marc Andreessen -  Who is Marc Andreessen? Marc Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and software engineer. He was born in 1971 and is best known as the co-founder [...]
--> Marc Andreessen: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Paul Thomas Anderson -  Who is Paul Thomas Anderson? Paul Thomas Anderson is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He was born in 1970 in California and began his career in the [...]
--> Paul Thomas Anderson: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Roald Amundsen -  Who is Roald Amundsen? Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer, known for being the first person to reach the South Pole, as well as the first person to navigate the [...]
--> Roald Amundsen: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Robert Altman -  Who is Robert Altman? Robert Altman was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1925, and began his career in the [...]
--> Robert Altman: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Richard Alpert -  Who is Richard Alpert? Richard Alpert, also known as Ram Dass, was an American spiritual teacher, author, and psychologist. He was born in 1931 and graduated from Tufts [...]
--> Richard Alpert: Life Story, Bio and Facts


Paul Allen -  Who is Paul Allen? Paul Allen was an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft Corporation with Bill Gates in 1975, which helped spark [...]
--> Paul Allen: Life Story, Bio and Facts