Some of the most inspiring personalities are people who faced up to difficult circumstances and encouraged others to do the right thing.
People with Inspiring Personalities often have the following characteristics:
Humility - This is the ability to learn from others and avoid appearing to be proud and haughty. Humility is the willingness to reduce the ego and let actions speak louder than words.
Courage - People not daunted by physical or emotional suffering. The willingness to do the right thing, whatever the consequences
Kindness. A much underrated quality. Kindness is indispensable for helping others.
Vision. The ability to look beyond the social norms and conventions and bring about meaningful change.
Concern for fellow Man. Great people wish to achieve great things. But, good people wish to serve others - there fellow man. Inspiring personalities never just seek to please themselves.
Nelson Mandela - Nelson Mandela had the vision to fight for a free and fair South Africa. He was willing to endure great sacrifice to overcome the injustice of the society. But, it was his willingness to forgive his own oppressors which really stands out as an exceptional quality. It was this willingness to move on past enmity and hatred that enabled South Africa to have a better future.
Mikhail Gorbachev. Mikhail Gorbachev could easily have hung on to the absolute power his position gave him. But, instead he moved the Soviet Union to greater political and economic freedom. In doing so, he enabled the collapse of the symbolic Berlin Wall and the restoration of democracy in Eastern Europe.
Eleanor Roosevelt. First Lady during presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. Eleanor campaigned for human rights, civil rights and inspired many people through her postitivity and compassion.
Mother Teresa. A lifetime of service to the poor and underprivileged. Proof that devoted action can make a difference to people's lives.
Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had a vision of religious freedom, freedom of the press and he helped to draft the groundbreaking Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal." - One of the most epoch making statements in the history of modern man
Martin Luther King. A civil rights champion who pursued a difficult path of peacefully campaigning for equality and civil rights. His electric speeches awakened America's conscience and inspired millions to dream of a better life. Ultimately he paid for his efforts with his life.
Lord Buddha. The embodiment of an awakened human being. A message of peace and the transcendence of suffering.
Jesus Christ. The vision to teach the forgiveness of our enemies and love of your fellow men.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Christian theologian who opposed Hitler.
Tegla Laroupe. - Kenya marathon runner, who set up Peace foundation to help promote peace amongst African tribes. Also involved in other humanitarian initiatives.