10. Martin Luther King Jr
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) MLK was a Baptist and activist who was the most visible spokesperson in the Civil Rights Movement. He won the noble peace prize in 1964 and would be one of the most well know leaders during the Civil Rights Movement, which ended segregation of African-American citizens in the United States. His actions would lead to the Civil Rights Act in1964 and the Voting Act of 1965. To this day, he is remembered as one of the most inspirational and influential leaders in the U.S. To learn more about Martin Luther King Jr., check out “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
9. Bo Bennett
“Success is not what you have, but who you are.” – Bo Bennett (February 16, 1972 – Present) Bo started his own graphics design firm shortly after graduating from Bryant University in 1994. He would sell this company in 1995 and start what was possibly the first affiliate system and a web hosting interface. He made these into multimillion dollar businesses before selling to Allegiance Telecom. He started as an entrepreneur at age 10, selling wood keys in his father’s workshop. Check out his great book called “Year to Success” for insight into Bo’s secrets to success.
8. Vince Lombardi
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) Lombardi is known for his career as a football player, coach, and executive of the National Football League (NFL). He was entered into the NFL hall of fame in 1971, a year after his passing. He is renowned for being the greatest football coach and one of the greatest leaders in sports. He also wrote some great books, one of which being “What It Takes to Be 1 : Vince Lombardi on Leadership”
7. Pearl Buck
“The secret of joy in works is contained in one word: excellent. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” – Pearl Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973) Buck was a writer and novelist. Her parents were missionaries, so she spent many of her years in China. She would go on to create a bestselling book and would win the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. She was a prominent activist for women’s rights and minority groups. Check out her book “The Good Earth ”
6. Conrad Hilton
“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton (December 25, 1887 – January 3, 1979) Founder of Hilton Hotels that started off his youth working in his father’s general store. He would buy his first hotel in 1919 – the purchase of the first Hilton hotel in Dallas. To learn more about Conrad, check out “Be My Guest”
5. Jeff Bezos
“Work hard, have fun, and make history.” Jeff Bezos (January 12, 1964 – Present) Bezos is retail and technology entrepreneur. He is founder and part owner of Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, which he started in 1994. He also owns an aerospace company called Blue Origins, as well as the Washington post – purchased for $250 million dollars in 2013. He was the first person to top $100 billion as number one on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. He is a very inspirational, self-made man. Check out his book “First Mover: Jeff Bezos In His Own Words ” – a very short eBook with some good information.
4. Robert T. Kiyosaki
“It’s more important to grow your income than cut your expenses. It’s more important to grow your spirit then cut your dreams.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki (April 8, 1947 – Present)Kiyosaki is an American entrepreneur and author. He is the founder of the Rich Dad Company, which is a privet financial education company. He has also created a board game named CASHFLOW Board Game to help people learn how to manage their money and get out of the rat race. He is the author of one of my favorite books “Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!“, which is both an inspirational and educational book. In his book, Robert teaches us lessons he learned from both his “rich dad” and his “poor dad”.
3. Ajaero Tony Martins
“My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it.” – Ajaero Tony Martins is a Nigerian entrepreneur and CEO of the POJAS Group of Companies. He is also the founder of a fast-growing entrepreneur blog Profitableventure.com. He has positively affected millions of people’s lives all over the world.
2. Stephen Covey
“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, its holy ground. There’s no greater investment” – Stephen Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) Covey was an American entrepreneur, educator, speaker, and author whose teachings primarily focused on leadership. In 1994, he won the national entrepreneur of the year award. He would go on to win many other designations throughout the remainder of his life. He is best known for his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change”
1. Vince Mcconnell
“We must train from the inside out. Using our strength to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist” – Vince McConnell has been a strength and conditioning coach since 1983. He is the owner of McConnell Athletics. He inspires athletes to take their performance to the next level. He trains athletes at all levels of experience and had a great blog, along with coaching services, on McConnellathletics.com
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