Elevating Figures

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 [...]
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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 Life Story Bruce [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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. [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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. [...]
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Emil Zatopek -  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 [...]
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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 [...]
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Mother Teresa -  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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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, [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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, [...]
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Seth Godin -  Versatility is a characteristic that is seldom found in people, and fewer still have gone down the hall of legends for being role models who lead by example in more than [...]
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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. [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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Sylvester Stallone  -  Sylvester Stallone Biography Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, writer, and director, best known for his roles in the Rocky and Rambo franchises. In the early [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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Nelson Mandela -  Nelson Mandela Biography Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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Dan Aykroyd -  Dan Aykroyd Biography 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 [...]
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Tex Avery -  Tex Avery Biography 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 [...]
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Jane Austen -  Jane Austen Biography Jane Austen (born December 16, 1775 - July 18, 1817) was an English novelist, best known for her six major novels that have become literary [...]
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Marcus Aurelius -  Marcus Aurelius Biography 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 [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi -  Aung San Suu Kyi Biography Aung San Suu Kyi (born June 19, 1945) is a Burmese politician, diplomat, and author who served as the State Counsellor of Myanmar (formerly [...]
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Augustus -  Augustus Biography 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 [...]
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Augustine of Hippo -  Augustine of Hippo Biography Augustine of Hippo, also known as Saint Augustine, was a prominent Christian theologian, philosopher, and bishop of the 4th and 5th [...]
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Jean M. Auel -  Jean M. Auel Biography 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. [...]
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Margaret Atwood -  Margaret Atwood Biography Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic. She was born on November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Canada, and grew up in [...]
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Rowan Atkinson -  Rowan Atkinson Biography 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 [...]
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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk -  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Biography Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was the founder and first President of Turkey. He was born in 1881 in the Ottoman Empire and began his military [...]
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Ari Aster -  Ari Aster Biography Ari Aster is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his horror films, including "Hereditary" (2018) and [...]
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Fred Astaire -  Fred Astaire Biography 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 [...]
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Julian Assange -  Julian Assange Biography Julian Assange is an Australian computer programmer and founder of WikiLeaks, a website that publishes classified and leaked information from [...]
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Isaac Asimov -  Isaac Asimov Biography Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born American writer and professor of biochemistry, widely considered a master of science fiction and popular science. [...]
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Arthur Ashe -  Arthur Ashe Biography 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 [...]
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Shoko Asahara -  Shoko Asahara Biography Shoko Asahara, born Chizuo Matsumoto, was the founder and leader of Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese doomsday cult responsible for the 1995 Tokyo subway [...]
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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 [...]
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Susan B. Anthony -  Susan B. Anthony Biography 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 [...]
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Patricia Arquette -  Patricia Arquette Biography 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 [...]
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Darren Aronofsky -  Darren Aronofsky Biography Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing films such [...]
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Neil Armstrong -  Neil Armstrong Biography Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who became the first person to walk on [...]
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Louis Armstrong -  Louis Armstrong Biography Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), also known as "Satchmo" or "Pops," was an American jazz musician, singer, and bandleader. He [...]
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Karen Armstrong -  Karen Armstrong Biography Karen Armstrong (born November 14, 1944) is a British author and commentator on religious affairs. She is best known for her books on the [...]
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Aristotle -  Aristotle Biography 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 [...]
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Oscar Arias -  Oscar Arias Biography Óscar Arias Sánchez (born September 13, 1940) is a Costa Rican politician and diplomat who served as the President of Costa Rica twice, first [...]
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Hannah Arendt -  Hannah Arendt Biography Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was a German-born political theorist and philosopher. She is best known for her work on the nature of power, [...]
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Archimedes -  Archimedes Biography Archimedes of Syracuse (287 BCE - 212 BCE) was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. He is widely considered as one [...]
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Catherine of Aragon -  Catherine of Aragon Biography 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 [...]
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Eleanor of Aquitane -  Eleanor of Aquitane Biography 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 [...]
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Thomas Aquinas -  Thomas Aquinas Biography Thomas Aquinas was a Catholic priest, theologian, and philosopher in the 13th century. He is considered one of the greatest thinkers in the [...]
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Johnny Appleseed -  Johnny Appleseed Biography Johnny Appleseed was a legendary figure in American folklore, known for planting apple trees throughout the Midwest region of the United [...]
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Apollo -  Apollo Biography 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 [...]
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Marc Antony -  Marc Antony Biography 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, [...]
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Maya Angelou -  Maya Angelou Biography 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, [...]
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Julie Andrews -  Julie Andrews Biography 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 [...]
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Marc Andreessen -  Marc Andreessen Biography Marc Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and software engineer. He was born in 1971 and is best known as the co-founder [...]
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Paul Thomas Anderson -  Paul Thomas Anderson Biography Paul Thomas Anderson is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He was born in 1970 in California and began his career in [...]
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Roald Amundsen -  Roald Amundsen Biography 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 [...]
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Robert Altman -  Robert Altman Biography Robert Altman was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1925, and began his career in [...]
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Richard Alpert -  Richard Alpert Biography Richard Alpert, also known as Ram Dass, was an American spiritual teacher, author, and psychologist. He was born in 1931 and graduated from [...]
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Paul Allen -  Paul Allen Biography Paul Allen was an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft Corporation with Bill Gates in 1975, which helped [...]
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Ethan Allen -  Ethan Allen Biography Ethan Allen was a prominent American Revolutionary War figure, known for leading the Green Mountain Boys in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in [...]
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