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I’m very happy with my life. I enjoy what I do and I try to positively contribute to society. But my influence does not go far beyond my family, friends, wife and three dogs.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that. But sometimes I envy those people who reach beyond their personal sphere of influence. The ones who help shape society, pushing strangers with their dedication and achievements. You may know these people too. They are the individuals that are so good at what they do it almost hurts. Some are athletic and others are scholars. Some are men, others are woman. They can be young and old, it just doesn’t matter. For no matter their size or shape these people are the best at what they do.

Nobel Peace Prize

Noble Peace PrizeOK, the Nobel Peace Prize. Now these people have done some shaping in the world. They are doing more than keeping the peace at the dinner table – although that is not always an easy task, perhaps just a different award?

Anyway, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to men like Martin Luther King and woman like Mother Teresa, people that have rightfully become heroes of nations.

So what do you need to achieve to be considered for the Nobel Prize?

The Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.

The Nobel Committees sends individual invitations to thousands of members of academies, university professors, scientists from numerous countries in the field of: physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace.

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Veterans Of Wars

Veterans of WarsEven writing this post got me choked up. Words can not explain my gratitude toward these men and woman. The Veterans History Project started in 2000.

“It is a great project, honoring not just the solders, but civilians too. The Project collects remembrances [first hand accounts] of American War Veterans who served in World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War (1990-1995), or Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present).

U.S. citizen civilians who actively supported war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, defense contractors, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.”

The Veterans History Project is a great website with real heroes.

Poets

Poets

To inspire others with words about life, love, happiness, feelings and sadness. You know, to be a poet.

I know there are people who don’t enjoy poetry, rolling their eyes and shaking their heads. Well, I’m not one of those people and if you are also someone who takes time to “smell the roses”, Famous Poets and Poems will take you away.

Famous Inventors

Famous Inventors

There are quiet a few websites about famous inventors, but this site has an extra element. The Inventive Genius is a website by “Mrs. Sunda’s Gifted Resource Class at Brisas Elementary School…” and they “…researched the lives of nineteen inventors and innovators.” Yes, these kids put together a list of nineteen inventors; from Albert Einstein to Isaac Newton.

However, I was a little surprised, and disappointed, that the list did not include any woman. Why not? There are some great woman inventors like: Barbara Askins, Mary Anderson or Virginia Apgar. Matter of fact, I almost did not include Mrs. Sunda’s site for that reason. But alas, here it is. I just had to add my two cents first.

Athletic Olympians

Olympians

To be an Olympian. Just the name sounds lofty and grand. The Olympics always surprise me because I never think I will watch. But every Olympic Games I get sucked into the athletic drama, the guts and the glory, the agony of defeat.

As I watch from my couch, I also catch myself dreaming how it is me breaking away from the pack, the “Cinderella Story” that grips the world. I picture it is my face on the Wheaties box with the 15 gold medals strapped around my neck. Then I go to the gym for my one hour work-out, a measly four days a week, and that is when it really hits me….WOW, the amount of training that these Olympic athletes do is c-r-a-z-y. What commitment!

So, for the foreseeable future I will continue to dream about becoming a Olympian …and I’ll leave the hard part up to those who push themselves beyond.

Do you know of any other websites that celebrate people of bravery and greatness?  If so, let us know about them in the comments.

  1. Dylan
    April 17, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    You missed the best one!

    http://www.badassoftheweek.com/

  2. FekketCantenel
    April 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    "Even writing this post [about veterans of wars] got me choked up. Words can not explain my gratitude toward these men and woman."

    That . . . is the most offensive typo I've ever seen. I salute you, sir, for making me laugh my head off at work.

  3. SA15
    April 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Great post...

  4. Saikat
    April 16, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Loved your post...:)

    • Aibek
      April 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm

      I second Saikat, great post!

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