The Most Fascinating Stories Of A Lifetime

The Most Fascinating Stories Of A Lifetime


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story_fascinatingThis article is somewhat different from the rest. It tells a story, a story about and from people. It’s their story. Their moments of joy and wander all shared with us. I hope it inspires you to do whatever is necessary to get where you want to be. Make sure you do it the right way with keeping your integrity in mind. The world has changed into a cynical place during the last decade but still its beauty is beyond imagination. Let’s make the best of it. Read and be inspired by these fascinating personal stories.

 1. Howard Lutnick’s Second Life

Days after September 11, Cantor Fitzgerald’s notoriously hard-edged CEO wept and promised a new mission: to take care of the families of his 657 dead employees. Then he stopped their payroll. It was weeks before he was prepared to make good on his promise. Was it a mistake? He still says no.

2. Inspiring Video: Birthright – One man’s struggle to transcend

This humble film is about a friend of mine named Michael and his daily ritual to find his natural self through surfing

3. Leadership Lessons from Ernest Shackleton

In September of 1914, Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton set out on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition with the goal of being the first man to traverse the Antarctic continent. Aboard what would become his aptly-named ship, the Endurance, he and 27 men set sail for the South Pole. But along the way, the ship became trapped in ice, setting off a series of events that would lead him away from his original goal and yet test him as a man and enshrine him as a hero far more than the attainment of it would have. While he did not complete the transcontinental journey he had hoped for, he brought back all 27 of his men alive, a feat of magnificent leadership without parallel.

4. Homeless Man Has Three Degrees and Can’t Find a Job

Johnson, 55, has a masters in Plasma Physics from Dartmouth College and a masters in Electrical Engineering and Acoustics from Purdue University. Yet he’s living in a homeless shelter in Boston, Mass. and has been out of work since November.

“It’s just simply bad luck,” Johnson said in a YouTube video interview.

5. Hey Leaders: It’s A Dog’s Life

As I travel through my life, I have often noticed that dogs have some interesting effects on people. In the presence of a dog, even the gruffest, most hardened human beings can become soft and caring.

 6. Boatlift, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan.

 7. Meet the World’s Oldest Entrepreneur!

Or so we think. At 96, Oxman’s Surplus founder Jerome Oxman still clocks a full workday and even began an expansion of his business recently. “I just can’t retire,” he says. “I’d go crazy.”

8. ‘Kissing couple’ witness rushed to help

The so-called kissing couple is shown embracing on a Vancouver street as riot police battled overzealous Canucks fans following their Stanley Cup loss.

9. The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget

Because I drove the night shift, my cab became a moving confessional. Passengers climbed in, sat behind me in total anonymity, and told me about their lives. I encountered people whose lives amazed me, ennobled me, and made me laugh and weep.

10. Pastor encounters down-at-the-heels traveller who hands out bibles

It was an unusually cold day for the month of May. Spring had arrived and everything was alive with color. But a cold front from the North had brought winter’s chill back to Indiana. I sat, with two friends, in the picture window of a quaint restaurant just off the corner of the towns-square. The food and the company were both especially good that day.

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