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EVERYDAY PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE

STANDING UP for
​YOUR BELIEFS 

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Malala Yousafzai (07/12/97) is the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  At age 14, she survived an attempt on her life by the Taliban because of her outspoken advocay for women's rights and the right to an education.   



​Ordinary individuals +
extraordinary obstacles =
HEROES

No matter your age, your destiny—who you are and who you choose to become—lies within you. You have the power to enact change, to redirect the course you are on, to realize the power, beauty, and uniqueness that is you. Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives (2006) asserts that there exists three types of people: people who make things happen, people who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.  Of the three, which are you?
When faced with odds, however great or small, you can either be angry about what you don't have or thankful for what you do have.  As the "Hugging Machine" Nick Vujicic is fond of saying, it's all about "turning every obstacle into an opportunity."  And if you think you're too young to affect change or have an influence, check out these up-and-comers compiled by TIME:  2014  |  2015  |  2016  |  2017

HEARTSONG: Recognizing Your Inner Beauty 
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Mattie Stepanek (07/17/90 – 06/22/04), peacemaker and poet, was the author of seven best-selling books of poetry before his 13th birthday.



PHILOSOPHY for a
HAPPY LIFE 

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Sam Berns (10/23/96 – 01/10/14) was 17 when he passed away from progeria. a genetic disorder that causes rapid aging.


OVERCOMING HOPELESSNESS
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Nick Vujicic (12/04/82) is an Australian motivational speaker. Known as the "Hugging Machine," Mr. Vujicic was born with no arms and no legs.

RACHEL’S CHALLENGE: Positive Change Through Compassion 
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160,000 STUDENTS SKIP SCHOOL EVERY DAY FOR FEAR OF BEING BULLIED

LEAVING A MARK What legacy will you leave behind?
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Dorian Murray (2008-2016) passed away in 2016 after fighting a rare form of cancer since he was four-years old. His last wish: to be famous. 
With the help of social media, the world helped him realize his dream while also drawing attention to pediatric cancer. With Nicole DeRosa Cannella, he inspired other children—and their parents—through the sharing of his own beliefs and ideas that enabled him to find the strength to face his own illness.
THE PRISON of
YOUR MIND 

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Sean Stephenson (05/05/79) is a little person standing at three feet tall due to osteogenesis imperfecta. He is a therapist, self-help author, and motivational speaker.


SELF-ACCEPTANCE = 
​TRUE HAPPINESS

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Ashley Graham (10/30/87) is a "plus-sized" model, body image activist, and advocate for body positivity.
MEDITATION:
Change Your Mind,
Change Your Life 

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Bodhin Kjolhede (b. 1948)
​is a Zen Buddhist.



FIGHTING DEPRESSION and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 
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Greg Louganis (01/29/60), an American Gold-medal Olympic diver in 1984 and 1988, is also an author and LGBT-rights activist. When he was younger, Louganis struggled with a learning disability. depression, and his sexuality, attempting suicide because of it.


You are an inspiration.
What you say and how you act has the power to effect change.