Inspiration to Live Your Magic: 75 Inspiring Biographies

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  • Inspiration to Live Your Magic: 75 Inspiring Biographies

    Inspiration to LIVE YOUR(TM) MAGIC!

    75 Inspiring Biographies


    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




    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


    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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