Here’s a boost from other the movers and shakers of the world.
Who else remembers doing assignments in school on specific leaders throughout history? Kings and queens born into their stations, elected officials, activists — they all found their way into our textbooks.
Some leaders are more memorable than others due to what they accomplished in their position of political power. Take William Henry Harrison, for example. What did he do as the ninth president of the United States? Not much, since he died of pneumonia a month after his inauguration. To be fair, he was an accomplished military officer. But not the smartest move to forgo wearing a coat on a cold and wet day in early March while giving a two-hour long inaugural speech. Unfortunately, that’s William Henry Harrison’s legacy.
But the majority of US presidents are memorable in other, more positive, ways. We read books about them, watch movies and musicals about them, even willingly after grade school!
Presidents aren’t the only leaders we look up to, though. They don’t even represent most of us. In fact, all 45 presidents have been men. We have women to admire, too. And people with different ethnic backgrounds. A leader doesn’t have to be someone elected into office.
A leader is someone who influences thinking. They inspire and speak for voices often left unheard. They are people others want to follow.
There are times in our lives when we need to take a stand. History is made every day — every minute and every second all around the world. Why not be a part of it?
You can do so much with so little. With cultivation, a little can become a lot. A mere idea in a moment can become a movement.
First, however, you need to be in the right mindset to think big. Some of the biggest thinkers in history can help with that.
Here are thirty quotes from thirty different historical leaders that have made their mark on history to inspire you to make yours as well.
1. Remember to go forth with love in your heart.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
2. Rise up.
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” — Alexander Hamilton
3. Self-reliance is key.
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