Inspiration from History
A Collection of write-ups that bring the lessons from the legends who walked the earth & events that shaped history.


June 25: 5 POWER Lessons From 5 Leaders Who Made History On This DAY!

Every story from our history has always taught something new and added great values in our lives. Learn from these 5 great leaders from our history, the secrets to lead a successful life!

1. “A fall is never a failure; it’s an opportunity to rise, a promotion to grow in life.”

If you fall down while walking through your journey of life and if you give up on your journey then how can you go further? Every pain that you occurs when you fall, every wound that occurs when you get hurt and every sense of depression that gets accumulated in your life is cured by the divine nectar for life which the life offers. But in order to reach the pot of this divine nectar, you got to get up, bear the pain, rest if needed but got to run without again. A fall is actually a pill to push you forward. Only when you take it positively, a failure teaches you, shapes you and promotes you to build blocks of achievements and color it ultimate bliss called success.

Celia Franca rose up with a positive hope whenever she had a fall all throughout her dance career. The founder of The National Ballet of Canada was recognized as one of the finest dramatic ballerinas in the Sadler's Wells Company. Her determination to dance well and chase every flaw in her performance in order to not fall again, learning from sheer failures and cheering her performances with grace, she successfully auditioned for Marie Rambert's ballet company and made her professional debut aged 14. Studying dance right from the age of 4, she began choreographing for television, creating the first two ballets – Eve of St. Agnes and Dance of Salomé – ever commissioned by the BBC.

2. “You are not given birth to reach the world’s wishes and expectations. Live for yourself, grow according to your will and leave your achievements as your footprints.”

Life is about following the experienced, learning from the learned and climbing the ladder leading to success without a look back. Following doesn’t mean reframing your path by getting influenced by others’ experiences. Learning doesn’t mean tuning your mind to accept and believe the policies which many abide by. Leading life to meet success and appending a standard to your life is important. There’s no harm as long as you don’t live to fulfill others expectations or do what others want you to. Beyond all the influences, pressures and sentiments, life is purely owned by you and looks for your attention in order to build itself. Respect your interests and passion, value your uniqueness and thoughts and go according to how your mind directs. Remember, only you know what satisfies you.

Walther Nernst made his own life rather than spending his life in living according to others’ wishes. The German chemist is remembered till date for his outstanding contributions in the field of thermodynamics. Winning the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing the Nernst equation, he proved that all of us can succeed if we truly believe in our aspirations and potential and if we don’t rely or conclude based on the views of others. He is also noted for inventing the Nernst lamp.

3. “It is certainly important to make mistakes to learn, but learning from others’ mistakes is sure to help you avoid a few you don’t really have to make.”

Learn from those who’ve already walked the path which got to take, much before you. This helps you reduce the number of mistakes as you know what mistakes which can be usually done. Respecting achievers who have chosen to walk along the path leading to success helps you immensely. When there’s someone already who has passed through the toughest of the toughest situations, conditions and incidents, our confidence level gets hiked. As the path to be traveled remains the same, we also got to face challenges, go through the pain and struggle. Reading about the success stories, knowing about what really happened in their life, respecting and following all of it are sure to not just simplify our journey but also help us achieve what we want to at a faster rate.

Antoni Gaudí Cornet was a Spanish Catalan architect whose works reflect an individualized and distinctive style. Having a great passion for architecture, nature, and religion, he complained about the challenges which arose as he moved forward towards success. He was a well-known practitioner of Catalan Modernism and introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials. He could achieve so much in his life because he knew that there were many who already took his path and reached where they wanted to. So, this gave him a lot of confidence to prove that the path leading to success is just one and there are no short cuts for it.

4. “Perfection is not about flawlessness in every effort; it’s about accepting your flaw, learning from it and getting better.”

None of us are born perfect. Despite knowing that no human being is perfect, we still nurture a hope to become perfect someday. Life is not about creating a collection a qualities and standard attributes which describe you. It is about what you do to append such qualities which illuminate your profile. Perfection is not about not making a mistake; it is about making a mistake but learning from it and excelling at what you do. Perfecting an attempt means bettering the moment. Betterment happens only when you do something wrong, get to know what’s your mistake and correct it the next time you do it. Making new mistakes are encouraged as it is sign of exploration and learning process but repeating the same mistake shows no improvement. You can certainly become a perfectionist provided you accept your flaws and get better at what you do.

Hermann Oberth focused on reduction of his flaws and making his work better rather than convincing himself by discouraging his walk towards perfection. He understood that flawlessness can be achieved only when you look beyond your flaws. The Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer was one the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics, and many more organizations and institutions. At age 11, he was attracted to his destined domain in order to influence and inspire the world; he constructed his first model rocket as a school student at the age of 14 and proceeded further to improve.

5. “If you are about to quit, remember the goal when you started; you might win it just after walking an extra mile. Never give up!”

As we go deep into the travel sequence of our journey, we tend to lose our track, divert our minds or stop due to tiredness. Very often we feel like quitting our journey. But remember, now is the time you really got to be strong. You need to make sure that these negative vibes don’t affect you and turn your victory down. Most of the time, we feel like quitting only when we are left with just one more step towards success. If you quit then you are missing out on something which can change your life or something that you dreamt of and struggled for days, months or years together. Why do you have to lose the opportunity of making your dreams come true by not traversing just one more step? Whenever you feel like quitting, tell yourself that you got to bear one other moment and you are already there.

J Hans D Jensen had a long journey to reach his destination, which wasn’t an easy one. The German nuclear physicist thought of stopping his journey and returning but his urge and hunger to really achieve and make a difference in the society made him continue his journey. He worked on the Uranium Club and made heavy contributions to the separation of uranium isotopes. When life became harder and demanded him to quit, he decided to withstand; if he had quit, then the journey wouldn’t have led him to be awarded the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physics for introducing the nuclear shell model.

Always remember that it is we who complicate our own lives. One has to stop deviating and delete the irrelevant thoughts which do not encourage his/her growth, to be able to proceed with highest optimism! (Source:

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