Inspiring People You Should Know

January 6th, 2012, bySean Nixon

When it comes to Grammy nominees, movie box office sales, S&P numbers, and CEO rankings, there’s no end to the amount of lists that can materialize in the media. But, what if you’re looking for a list that compiles people who are the most inspiring? That can take some work.

Luckily, the folks at Beliefnet.com have taken the hassle out of such an endeavor.

According to their website, Beliefnet.com works, “to help people like you find, and walk, a spiritual path that will bring comfort, hope, clarity, strength, and happiness.”

The site recently compiled a list of nominees for their most inspiring person award. The list is pretty stacked with some extraordinary individuals whose heart and character make them stand-out stars of service and dedication.

Included on their list are Katie Davis, the 20-something woman who went to Uganda as a teen and found her calling; Jordan Cullbreath, a stellar athlete whose personal experiences can teach one how to overcome some of life’s most pressing obstacles when the odds are stacked against you; and Brryan Jackson, a young man whose amazing story will make you think twice before complaining about the challenges in your own life. Many of the nominees credit their faith as being one of the hallmarks of their inspirational stories.

Each one of these individuals has a unique story to share, along with the ability to encourage and inspire. As you look to start off the new year off empowered, be sure to take a look at the list and learn about those who can truly inspire you in 2012 to even greater heights.

  • Russ Ayers

    Re: “Dudamel: Conducting a Life”
    Just saw it. THANK YOU!! Well done, and a critically needed statement.
    I would like to contribute something from my scientific background (and my wife’s math background).
    Learning music is step by step. Results are immediate and peers hear you for good or ill, so feedback is quite emphatic and motivating. Patience, attention and attention to detail, gives good results. Hitting the right notes is satisfying, and gratifying to your neighbor who is also learning. String them together and it is beautiful and feels good. Math is like that – step by step with attention to detail and you get good results.
    OK, we know that, but the learning music transfers benefits to all the other classes and activities! History, math, English all benefit from these same skills, but the feedback is not as obvious nor immediate. That is why music is essential. It teaches learning skills.

    I was so hoping you would bring out the fact that music students also tend to be better students in all other areas of study. They average higher and generally are NOT the ones getting into trouble. Would be interesting to chart the effects of an all-student music program in elementary, middle and high schools.

    My son’s elementary school had violin classes for ALL students. I saw the benefit first hand, and in high school he continued with cello and piano.

    I, on the other hand, am a figurative bird without a voice. Now later in life I deeply miss the voice of music, the ability to express music, that I might have had if I had only been taught. Oh I had the opportunity, but not the pressure!
    So that is the other point, parents if not the school, should be the pressure to learn voice and at least one instrument for classical music in all the elementary school years.

    Again, Thanks, and I look forward to more of your programs, especially on music and kids.

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