Everyone has people in their lives who have had an impact on their journey and success. Whether it’s your parents, teachers, or mentors, they inspire you to keep going and achieve your goals.
While influential people differ on an individual basis, they all share a few characteristics that promote their ability to inspire others. We asked the Young Entrepreneur Council members about the most influential people in their lives and what distinguishes them.
We frequently believe that influential people are the individuals we feel attracted toward, but this is not always the case. Truly influential people train, empower and create businesses and organizations that can operate and run without them, They provide opportunities for others to succeed and help to direct energy away from themselves. Following are the 10 most influential personalities from all over the world.
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Prophet Muhammad (570–632) is the founder of the religion Islam. Muhammad reported receiving a series of revelations from God while in seclusion in a mountain cave; these revelations form the verses of the Quran, which Muslims regard as the “Word of God” and on which the Islamic religion is based. Muhammad was a religious, political, and military leader who contributed to the unification of Arabia under the new religion of Islam.
Sir Isaac Newton (1643–1726) was a mathematician, physicist, and scientist from England. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time, having developed new mechanics, gravity, and motion laws. His work Principia Mathematica (1687) laid the groundwork for the Seventeenth-Century Scientific Revolution. Newton was a great polymath, and his research included optics, religion, and alchemy.
Jesus Christ (4 BC-AD 30) was a spiritual teacher, who preached a gospel of faith, love, and forgiveness. His life and teachings resulted in the birth of a new religion, Christianity, which eventually became the dominant religious force in the Western world. The Christian religion reveres Jesus Christ as the Son of God. In Islam, Jesus is also regarded as a prophet, and his teachings are widely admired by people of other faiths.
Siddhartha, later known as the Buddha or “The Enlightened One” was a prince who abandoned the comforts of a palace to pursue enlightenment. He realized the world’s essential unreality and experienced the bliss of Nirvana. Following his enlightenment, he spent the rest of his life teaching others how to break free from the never-ending cycle of birth and death. Buddha was born around 400 BCE in the Lumbini district of what is now modern-day Nepal, close to the Indian border.
Confucius was a well-known Chinese philosopher. He preached a philosophy of correct behavior, social interaction, and kindness to others. Throughout his life, he worked to educate his fellow citizens on the values of justice, service, and personal integrity. Following his death, his precepts and philosophy became the foundation of Chinese culture and philosophy, which became known as Confucianism.
St Paul was a pivotal figure in the early history of Christianity. His writings and epistles are an important part of the New Testimony; St Paul helped to formalize and unify the evolving religion of Christianity. He emphasized the importance of salvation is based on faith rather than religious practices. St Paul was both a Jew and a Roman citizen, and he was involved in the persecution of Christians in his early life. However, on the way to Damascus, he experienced a conversion and became a devout Christian.
Cai Lun (AD 50-121) was the creator of paper. An invention that truly altered the course of history. Cai Lun (Ts’ai Lun) was born during the Eastern Han Dynasty in Guiyang. After serving as a court eunuch since AD 75, he was promoted several times during Emperor He of Han’s reign. In AD 89, he was promoted to the position of Shang Fang Si, which was in charge of manufacturing instruments and weapons. He also became a Palace Attendant regularly. As a supporter of Empress Dou, he was involved in palace intrigue and the death of her romantic rival, Consort Song. He became an associate of Consort Deng Sui after the death of Empress Dou in AD 97.
Johannes Gutenberg (c. 1398 – February 3, 1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher. He invented the printing press. Gutenberg’s printing press revolutionized book production. Which helped make them more affordable. Ushering in a new era of low-cost books and literature. Gutenberg was born in the city of Mainz, Germany. He began his career as a merchant before moving on to work as a blacksmith and goldsmith. Gutenberg moved to Strasbourg with his family, when he was in his 30s. Gutenberg was once heavily in debt as a result of a failed investment in holy mirrors. He is said to have promised his creditors a stake in the new printing press he was working on. It is also said that the idea for the printing press came to him in a flash of light. Though this could be an embellished story added later.
Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, colonialist, and navigator. Who lived from 1451 to 1506. He is remembered as the main European discoverer of America. He was instrumental in bringing the Americas to the forefront of western consciousness. His discoveries and travels laid the groundwork for later European colonialism of Latin America and North America.
Albert Einstein was born in Germany in 1879. He is one of the most celebrated scientists of the twentieth century. His relativity theories laid the groundwork for a new branch of physics. Einstein’s formula for mass-energy equivalence is one of the world’s most famous formulas.
He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his contributions to theoretical physics and the evolution of Quantum Theory. Einstein is also well-known for being an original free-thinker who has spoken on a variety of humanitarian and global issues. He later spoke out against the use of nuclear weapons after contributing to the theoretical development of nuclear physics. He also encouraged F.D. Roosevelt to launch the Manhattan Project.
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