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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:42 am    Post subject: Inspiring People From History Reply with quote

Most of us no doubt have been greatly inspired by various people who've made big impacts in history. As for me, one person in history who has greatly inspired me is Frederick Douglass, a person who made a huge impact in American History and who has set an example that I like to follow.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spencer Johnson, M.D., who authored "Who Moved My Cheese?". His book changed my life across the board.

A riveting book that speaks purely about change. This book rewrote my life in many numerous ways, and it also mapped out my methodology and ideology in my life, more than any other person in history.

This book has had a much more profoundly changed my life, unlike any other text ever written. "Who Moved My Cheese?" for me, helped rounded out and filled in many empty spaces in my life that had befuddled me to no end.

Accepting change is difficult, if not darn right impossible, for some. I pass this book out to whomever all of the time.



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to read more stuff beyond Menís Health magazine and MA forums. I guess thatís why Iím struggling to find an inspirational figure from history.

Not all is lost though. Plenty of people here inspire me
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Genghis Khan. OK he was a little bit mean. But he was a tactical/strategic genius.

I should probably add, I have no desire to capture a sizeable chunk of the world. But in terms of overcoming challenges by refusing to limit his thinking to that of everyone else, I think there's something to take from that.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People that inspired me who are no longer with us:

Albert Einstein
Stephen Hawking
Isaac Newton
Karl Gauss
Bruce Lee
Gichin Funakoshi
Frank Zappa

Those who are still alive:

My parents
Tenzin Gyatso (Dalai Lama)
Pope Francis
Barack Obama
Devin Townsend
Tom Waits
Vegard Sverre Tveitan
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matsumura Sokon
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Jigoro Kano
Shigeru Nakamura
Matayoshi Shinko
Shoshin Nagamine
John Wayne
Chesty Puller
My father
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marcus Aurelius - Great stoic author. Meditations is a must read for any serious martial artist trying to live in a modern american society.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So as I've said in my original post, as somebody who made a tremendous impact on American history that Frederick Douglass is a huge impact for me. I've read his narrative and I must say he is one of the best writers whose works I've read. The thing is, he did not have a formal education and much of what he learned about how to read and write he did himself. He did get some help but he was very much self taught. I encourage anybody who has not read The Narrative Of Frederick Douglass to do so.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not read his narrative, but I did read Booker T. Washington's biography, and was similarly moved.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I was wondering since Frederick Douglass was mostly self taught on how to read and write, how possible is it to learn martial arts with very limited instruction? Frederick Douglass was an exceptional individual so its not like most people would be able to do what he did but how would somebody like him do at learning the martial arts when they get the same kind of instruction he did?
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