Motivational Speakers: Helen Keller, Nick Vujicic
by Heather L Campbell
August 24, 2013
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see" - Helen Keller
(June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968)
She was 18 months old when she suffered an illness that left her deaf and blind. She graduated from Radcliffe earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.
A suffragist, a pacifist as well as a world famous author she was also an advocate for disabled people. She became a world-famous speaker. She wrote twelve books and many articles.
She was very admired by many and received many honors. Although she was disabled and always needed a companion, she achieved a great deal.
"Don't put your life on hold so that you can dwell on the unfairness of past hurts.” -Nick Vujicic
(December 4, 1982-)
Nick was born without all four limbs. He graduated from Griffith University. He received the Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in accountancy and financial planning.
He is a great motivational speaker. He is the founder of a non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs. His talks focus on teen issues. He has spoken to over three million people in over 24 countries on five continents.
He feels had he been born in a third world country, his missing limbs may have been considered a curse or a shame by his parents and he might not have been allowed to lived.
He is also an author, and a married father of one.
Using prose or poetry, write a SatWE challenge. Include four things: an introduction, the challenge, any ideas you want to give your readers, and a section regarding things to avoid....Make sure you have all four parts: write an introduction, a challenge, give us some ideas, and tell us what you don’t want to see.
This weeks challenge: "Two People" Find well known two people (well known), one alive and one who is no longer living and was born sometime during the past 200 years. Choose people who had something in common and do a presentation on each person.
You can start out each presentation with a quote, like I did, or a observation about the impact each person may have had on you, your outlook on life, your choice of career, or even how they affected your political views or reading interests. There are so many things you can chose from.
My example was to chose two published writers who were also motivational speakers. Both of these people are inspiring as well as people I admire. They both are examples of why we should not judge a book by it's cover. We never know the value of what is inside.
Two well known experts in a field like two science fiction authors, or two scientists whose work might have inspired an interest or your career. These two people do not have to be admirable, they only need to have something in common and their story had a positive effect on you...
For example : Bernard Madoff who is still alive but in jail and Charles Ponzi (1882-1949) were both con men who defrauded people out of millions and both were caught. They both hurt a lot of people and are both cautionary tales.
*Please do not share stories about your Uncle Ned and your Late Aunt Betsy who were arrested for crimes or had a common addiction.
*Please do not use fictional characters or make up people who do not exist. You may use people who have been in the news because they did something extraordinary but please provide their names and links.
I look forward to reading everyone's response to the challenge we will also learn something about each other.
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