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Inspiration to Live Your Magic: 75 Inspiring Biographies

167 Pages · 2012 · 1.63 MB · English

  • Inspiration to Live Your Magic: 75 Inspiring Biographies

    Inspiration to LIVE YOUR(TM) MAGIC!


    75 Inspiring Biographies


    LARRY ANDERSON _


    Smashwords Edition


    Copyright 2011 LIAP Media Corp.


    Live Your MAGIC!(TM) trade mark pending


    All rights reserved. Except for short excerpts by a reviewer, no part of this publication


    may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in


    a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher.


    Publisher, LIAP Media Corp.


    1112-95 Street S.W. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6X 0A7


    Visit our website at http://www.LiveYourMagic.com


    Book Cover Design: Allen Mohr


    Portrait Illustrations: Sayan Chakraborty


    Book Page Layout Design: Jana Rade _


    This book is dedicated to my daughter Jennifer, my son Stephen, and the youth of the


    world. Live your MAGIC! _


    Larry Anderson’s own story is compelling and inspiring enough, never mind the stories


    contained in Inspiration to Live Your MAGIC!(TM).


    From young people with a belief that child labour is wrong, to world class philosophers,


    Larry Anderson captures the spirit and essence of inspiration. In this volume you will


    find stories of children, women and men who followed their dreams. These inspired


    individuals changed their communities, their nation and the world. From politics,


    diplomacy, entertainment, the arts and science, their stories demonstrate the triumph of


    the human spirit.


    From the slums of Calcutta, to the halls of Government, the Courts and the glitz of Las


    Vegas, these individual stories are victories of faith over fear.


    A must read for all, this book is truly inspiring.


    - Robert Philp , Provincial Court Judge , Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


    *


    This book is filled with real life stories of courage, leadership, wisdom and love. A must


    read for all young people. Our world is a better place because of the choices each of


    these people made in their life journey.


    - Jay Ball, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta


    *


    I love the way “Inspiration to Live Your MAGIC!(TM) is written. It captures your


    attention and is easy to read and understand. I not only learned but it evoked a yearning


    inside me to live my own magic. Thank you.


    - Jeannie Lungard, Teacher, Psychologist


    *


    These seventy-five biographies showcase people from all age groups, backgrounds and


    cultures. What they share is a passion and commitment to make their dreams come true


    and to make a difference for others in the process. Read Inspiration to Live Your


    MAGIC!(TM), you will be inspired.


    - Bill Trainor, Retired Teacher Acknowledgements


    First, I acknowledge the support of my wife Janet, who encouraged me to write a book,


    and accommodated and protected my need for solitude to read, think, and write. She also


    acted as a sounding board for all of my ideas, giving her honest opinion. I am grateful.


    Next, I thank my business partners, especially Lewis Nakatsui and Mike Gendron, and


    my staff, especially Percy Pouliot, Ray Mitchell, Wesley Gunderson, and Stephen


    Anderson, who allowed, supported, and encouraged me to set aside Wednesdays,


    beginning in January 2000, to explore my passion for writing.


    For this book, Inspiration to Live Your MAGIC!, I thank Glen Stone for his research into


    each inspiring life I selected, finding details that would convey the essence of each


    journey in 400 words. I also thank Cathy Reed and Mary W. Walters for editing and


    assistance in organizing the biographies. You have significantly improved this book.


    Finally, I want to thank three people who believed in and encouraged me as a writer. I


    met Dave Kirk at five years of age at Daily Vacation Bible Camp in the summer of 1953,


    and he ended up in my grade one class that fall and in every class until grade nine, when I


    went to a different school. We were both outsiders and became the closest of friends, and


    remained so until his premature death in 2005 from cancer. He was the one person I


    shared my journals with throughout my journey, and he repeatedly told me I needed to


    write a book.


    Two other friends, Gerry Riskin and Mary W. Walters, both published authors and


    friends from university in the 1970s, have consistently encouraged me to write a book.


    They provided the confidence when mine waned.


    Thank you all. Table of Contents


    Introduction


    Foreword


    Preface


    A.Y. Jackson


    Aaron Moser


    Abraham Lincoln


    Albert Schweitzer


    Alfred Nobel


    Alice Waters


    Amelia Earhart


    Andrew Lloyd Webber


    Anne Frank


    Beatrice Biira


    Beatrix Potter


    Benjamin Franklin


    Bertha Wilson


    Beverley McLachlin


    Celine Dion


    Christopher Columbus


    Craig Kielburger


    Diane Warren


    Eleanor Roosevelt


    Ferdinand Magellan


    Florence Nightingale


    Galileo Galilei


    Gordon Lightfoot


    Grandma Moses


    Gustavo Dudamel


    Hayley Wickenheiser


    Hazel McCallion Helen Keller


    J. K. Rowling


    Jacques Cousteau


    Jean Vanier


    John F. Kennedy


    Joseph Pulitzer


    Laura Secord


    Louis Braille


    Louis Pasteur


    Malcolm Gladwell


    Marie Curie


    Martin Luther King, Jr.


    Martti Ahtisaari


    Mattie Stepanek


    Maude Abbott


    Maya Angelou


    Michael Jordan


    Michael Faraday


    Michael J. Fox


    Michaelle Jean


    Mohamed ElBaradei


    Mahatma Gandhi


    Mother Teresa


    Nelson Mandela


    Norman Bethune


    Norman Borlaug


    Oprah Winfrey


    Paulo Coelho


    Randy Pausch


    Richard Branson


    Robert Munsch


    Roberta Bondar


    Roger Bannister Roméo Dallaire


    Ryan Hreljac


    Sam Walton


    Sandford Fleming


    Shania Twain


    Shirin Ebadi


    Stephen Leacock


    Terry Fox


    Thomas Edison


    Walt Disney


    Wangari Maathai


    Wayne Gretzky


    William “Billy” Bishop


    William Harvey


    Winston Churchill


    Wisdom to Live Your Magic


    The Journey to Live Your Magic Introduction


    The most powerful story we tell is the story we tell to ourselves about our self.


    In my youth, my story was based on my experience. In gym class, I was always the last


    one picked for teams. “Who will take Larry?” the gym teacher would ask. Girls told me,


    “I just want to be friends,” but I wanted to be more than friends. My marks in school


    were not impressive. I passed, but that was about it.


    After I dropped out of school at sixteen, I left home and got a job. Things seemed better


    at first. My jobs would seem interesting and fun at the beginning, but they soon became


    drudgery. And the pay didn’t support much of a lifestyle. I might have accepted that if I


    could have seen a future, but I couldn’t.


    The problem was: I was an expert on who I was not, but I didn’t have a clue who I was.


    My story about me was about who I wasn’t and what I couldn’t do. The truth was that I


    felt sorry for myself.


    Clearly, the story I was telling myself about me was holding me back. What I needed was


    some perspective, and I got that perspective from reading the biographies of Anne Frank,


    Thomas Edison, and Benjamin Franklin.


    My troubles were tiny compared to those of thirteen-year-old Anne Frank hiding in an


    attic from the Nazis. Yet her response was, “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the


    beauty that remains,” and, “Where there’s hope, there’s life.”


    I began to have hope, too.


    Some people said that Thomas Edison had failed more than any man who had ever lived.


    Yet that wasn’t how he saw it. He said, “I haven’t failed. I have just found 10,000 ways


    that won’t work. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to


    succeed is to try just one more time.”


    I began to see my mistakes and “failures” as learning experiences.


    What amazed me about Benjamin Franklin was that he admitted his faults and then


    shared his plan for self-improvement. He detailed how he’d use a journal to monitor his


    progress and keep himself on track.


    I began to keep a journal and to think about how I could improve myself. The story I was


    telling myself about myself started to improve. I decided to complete my high school


    education.


    Every person in this collection inspires, by their response to challenges (and some of


    them face incredible challenges), by their commitment to serving humanity, and by


    staying committed to their values.


    I believe every person who reads these stories will be inspired.


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