Who do you consider the most inspirational person of all time? Martin Luther King Jr.? Nelson Mandela? There have been many great historical figures that have shaped the world down the ages, and it would be very difficult (if not impossible) to pick those whose impact on the happenings in the world was greatest. Yet, we gave it a try and compiled this post with some of most inspirational people of all time. Some of them are famous, some of them are rather unknown, but all of them have one thing in common – they changed the world. From Charles Darwin to Dalai Lama, here are 25 Unbelievable People Who Changed The World.
Martin Luther King Jr.
One of the most influential figures of the 20th century, Martin Luther King Jr. is best known for his nonviolent campaign against racism (for which he received the 1964 Peace Prize). His vision of society in which race was not important in how people were treated has inspired millions all over the world. MLK Jr. also played a key role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs and Gandhi’s philosophy.
The founder of Microsoft, the iconic technology company, Bill Gates has been the richest person in the world for more than two decades. Recently, though, he has been known more as a devoted philanthropist than a businessman. Gates made computers more accessible for all by spurring the rise of the home-computing market, and he is now determined to get everyone in the world access to the internet. He has been also working on projects focused on fighting global warming and gender inequality.
Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare influenced a number of writers as well as millions of readers all over the world through his work. In fact, he changed the world in several other ways, too. Shakespeare coined about 2,000 new words (many of which are still used), and he also inspired many other famous artists – from music composers to painters and film producers.
A renowned Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud changed the way we all think about ourselves through his unique research of the mysterious world of the subconscious. By introducing new techniques to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses.
Oskar Schindler was an opportunistic German businessman, member of the Nazi Party, and spy known for womanizing and excessive drinking, which looks like anything but a background of a hero. Yet, despite all of his flaws, he proved to be a truly inspirational character as he is credited with saving the lives of about 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. Schindler’s heroic story has been documented and celebrated in many books and films, most notably in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film Schindler’s List.