‘Who inspires you?’ We are all often asked this question. Many people have a role model or people they look up to in their life , whether it be a sports star, celebrity or just someone we admire.

We live in a world where great personae like Mother Teresa , Martin Luther King , Steve Jobs , Dalai Lama and APJ Abdul Kalam have turned obstacles into opportunities and succeeded in life.  They inspire us in one way or the other through their life lessons. They proved that so many of our dreams seem impossible at first , then they seem improbable and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

I would say that there is so much we can learn from any person regardless their age, race, wealth or religion. Everyone we meet can teach us anything. These are the few who inspired me in many ways.

Stephen Hawking, the perfect example of positive attitude, passion and will power inspires me to always have a positive outlook in life no matter what, because however difficult life may seem, there is always something we can do and succeed at.

Malala Yousafzai, women’s education activist and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, inspirits me to believe what we do and stand up for it even if you’re standing alone.

Arunima Sinha, the first Indian amputee to climb the Mount Everest encourages me to never lose hope. She proves that obstacles in life are always meant to be conquered.


Nick Vujicic is one of the seven known surviving individuals with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs, refused his disability to dictate his life and persuades everyone to a life without limits through his speeches and books.


Paralympians inspire me to never give up and try and try until we succeed. They show us that their hard work and dedication could be the spark that is needed to ignite the dreams of those around them.

A soldier inspires me to love and serve our nation selflessly. It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle, it takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle. They are the epitome of courage and fortitude.


Babar Ali, the world’s youngest headmaster in the world, started a school when he was just nine. He motivates me to take up challenges and stop not until they’re reached.  He emphasizes on the importance of education and making it affordable to the poor.


Manoj Munot,a construction business owner from Maharashtra,  gifted 90 homes to underprivileged families instead of organizing a lavish wedding for his daughter, heartens me to be the reason behind others’ smiles.  He proved that it is important to be happy than to be rich and that we should all be warmhearted.

My senior, Nabhan Mahmood, an entrepreneur managing clothing and sporting arenas since the age of 19, encourages me to never procrastinate and to be unique. He always believed it okay to be different from our peers; in fact, it is necessary to be different if we want to shape our life according to our ideals.

They all are  ordinary people who had the ability and willingness to be selfless, creative, innovative or just believed they could change the world despite the odds. They accepted failure because everyone fails at some point, but never accepted not trying. They all kept trying, pushing and struggling but never gave up. That’s what made them extraordinary people. The difference between extraordinary and ordinary people is that little extra.  Extra courage.  Extra belief.  Extra determination.

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