If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams


Inspiration in life is important. Inspiration awakens the mind, inspiration helps a person to look at life differently at times.  Inspiration helps and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. I draw inspiration from a lot of things around – people, their stories, their struggles, or even the amount of effort a toddler puts in arranging things properly. Always remember to Inspire and be inspired.

But you don’t need to draw inspiration from celebrities always. Though I do draw a lot of inspiration from two of the icons I worship. And one of the biggest lessons learned from them is humility, and being true to yourself will stand the test of time. But let’s take a look at some inspiring people like you and me who have made humanity proud.

Inspire and Be Inspired Personality #1 – Sindhutai Sapkal


Sindhutai Sapkal, a.k.a “Mother of Orphans”, the 68-year-old is an inspiring personality. Married at a tender age of 10 to a 30-year-old man, this girl from Pimpri Meghe Village, Maharashtra was pushed into a life of abuse. Her dreams of education crushed at an early age she was subjected to severe abuse at the hands of her husband. She was beaten and thrown out of the marital home when she was 9 months pregnant. After giving birth to her daughter in a cow shed she walked to her mother’s place at that condition but sadly she was refused shelter there. She started begging at the railway station to support herself and feed her daughter. That’s when she realized there are many children who are abandoned by their parents. She begged keenly to feed them as well. Eventually, she adopted the children as her own.


Till date, she has adopted and brought up over 1,400 orphans – giving them shelter, food, education, financial support and many of them today are doctors, lawyers, and engineers.

“When I was out myself on the streets begging for food and fighting for survival each day, I realized that there are so many orphans who have nobody to go to. I decided to take care of them and raise them as my own,” Sindhutai (Source)

None of those kids were given up for adoption to any wealthy being but raised as her own and to remove partiality among the children she gave up her own biological daughter. She has won several awards for her selfless work towards orphans. She is using all those financial helps in constructing homes and shelters for the orphans.

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When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait, and obey.” — Rudyard Kipling

Inspire and Be Inspired Personality #2 – Raja Mahendra Pratap

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Raja Mahendra Pratap a youth from Hyderabad is a story of inspiration, belief, hope and courage all embroiled together. A freak dare at the age of 5 altered his life forever. When friends challenged him, at the age of 5, that he couldn’t hold an iron rod on a live electric wire he took it up and ended up in a hospital for months. The dare resulted in getting all his limbs amputated. For 10 years he was confined to home subjected to embarrassment from parents and relatives. He read his sister’s books and finally ended up giving his exams. He went on to finish his B.Com and MBA in Finance.


Currently working in ONGC and drawing a handsome salary, Pratap said he designed his own shoes and got a cobbler to make it for him. He draws attention whenever he’s in the public because he looks different physically but he has no qualms about it. He works on his computer, climbs stairs and does almost everything.

Assign me any work; I am capable of doing all of them. I don’t need sympathy of people. Treat me normally and I will love it. I wish that people and society treat disabled with respect and accept them., Pratap (Source)

There is no way you cannot be inspired in life by anyone. Everyone has the capability to teach you something good, something nice. Some give you courage, some motivate you, some make you look at yourself with a different perspective. Open your mind, Inspire and be inspired.

We all have a life story and a message that can inspire others to live a better life or run a better business. Why not use that story and message to serve others and grow a real business doing it?” Brendon Burchard

I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge 2017. Are you?

  1. Amazing Life
  2. Believe in Your Self
  3. Celebrate Life
  4. Dare To Dream
  5. Enjoy Life
  6. Freedom in Life
  7. Grow in Life 
  8. Hope in Life
 Drop by my food blog Twinkling Tina Cooks where I am sharing 26 Dessert Recipes.


13 Comments on Inspire and be Inspired – Step 9 to leading a meaningful life | AtoZChallenge

  1. Roma
    April 11, 2017 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

    My heart goes out to Sindutai and Raja Tina. Hats off to them for reinforcing the belief of common man in humanity and self confidence. Truly Inspirational Post!
    Truly Yours Roma

  2. upasna
    April 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Great that you are bringing up these inspiring stories.
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  3. Geethica Mehra
    April 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Very inspiring post, Tina. We are so blessed to have so many facilities in life without even asking for them.Reading the stories above, I feel as if I have so much more to achieve and be a help to society.
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  4. Swathi Shenoy
    April 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Those 2 are such a great inspiration!! It is true that we can derive inspiration from so many people around us.
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  5. Ravish Mani
    April 11, 2017 at 1:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Very inspiring post, Tina. Indeed we could learn something from everyone. Nobody is absolutely incorrect, even a stopped clock gives correct time twice daily. Thanks for reminding me of these wonderful personalities. Have a great day!

  6. Anmol Rawat
    April 11, 2017 at 11:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Reading such stories, I feel how grateful we are and even then, we make excuses! Thank you for sharing the inspiring stories Tina 🙂 You are doing great with this challenge!
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  7. Pikakshi Manchanda
    April 12, 2017 at 1:50 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so happy to read that people such as these two are out there keeping humanity alive. I love this article so much. Definitely feeling inspired to go out there and do some good.
    We humans need constant reminders of how good wins over bad and hard work pays off. Thanks for sharing.

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