Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Living Legends Of Our Times

The Legends "True legends never die" they say. And 'History' teaches us to learn from the legends and the avoid the mistakes done by the those who missed out being one. The icing on the cake is we have some legends living amongst us, as we read on. Here I present a few of the Legends of our times, who keep setting examples for us, everyday as we grow. I am sure there are many more, and I have tried to keep this list to the chosen few. And to add the spice, it includes the good and the not so good. The ugly have been kept out, for obvious reasons. Lets observe them, learn from them, improve and elevate.

* Nelson Mandela

This Social and Human Rights activist, started as an armed leader of a guerilla force (ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe). Being imprisoned for 27 yrs only made him stronger and he bounced back to become the first black president of Republic of South Africa. A Noble laureate for peace, he is an example of leadership for world. Mandela today is, what Gandhi or Martin Luther King are to history.

* Sachin Tendulkar

The God of cricket. Supposedly, the best sportsman of all the sports, of all times. He holds the record for the best of everything. Most runs in test cricket, the only player to score a double century in one dayer, the only player to cross 50 tons and the list goes on. See him to believe.

* Stephen Hawking

What do u do when you are diagnosed with severe form of motor neurone disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 21? You go ahead and become a coveted researcher in the history. Stephen Hawking is known for his contributions to the fields of cosmologyand quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes. He is now fully paralysed and can only speak with the help of a computer specially designed for him. His bestseller, A Brief History of Time, only further proves why he a living legend.

* Sir Alex Ferguson

The controversial manager of the club “Manchester United”, he was knighted for his contribution to the game. Talking of football, there are many living legends in the game including the black pearl Pele, Diego Maradona, the flamboyant David Beckham, and the latest entrant and one of the most promising players of the day, Lionel Messi. But managing consistently a club like the MU, and some of such great players, he rightly secures his place in this list. His is the perfect example of “Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed” for the game.

* Bill Gates

In all probabilities, you would be reading this blog on a windows operating system and on an application made by Microsoft Corp. He commands approx 90% of the operating system being used. His business strategies have now become case studies in Management Schools. He is the only person to have crossed $100 billion net worth in the history. He used his technological, analytical and entrepreneurial skills to create one of the most successful companies of this age.

* Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lamas are the Chief Tibetan Priests. Here we talk about Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. He can be easily compared to a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. A charismatic speaker, he has since traveled the world, campaigning for Tibetan independence and Tibetan Buddhism, with immense contribution to world peace, a true living legend.

* Narendra Modi

He took over Gujarat when its economy was shrinking and there was little or no domestic growth. Let us not talk about his achievements like the Sardar Sarovar yojna, Rehabilitation of earthquake areas, a prospering economy, amazing infrastructure or getting $460 billion as investments from NRIs this year. You HAVE to see Gujarat, to believe it. He gets a place here because he reformed Gujarat to Vibrant Gujarat. And he gets a place here because he proved that system CAN be changed, if WE desire so.

* Mark Zukerberg

The creator of the most famous social networking site “FaceBook”, he has given the social networking a whole new significance. So facts about him which will leave you awestruck - His site is only 6 yrs old, has more than 600 million active users, his company’s net worth is valued at around $50 billion already. His personal net worth is $15 billion. And the only reason for him to get figured in this list is he all of 26 yrs of age only…!!

The Rest of the Best -

* Warren Buffett, Donald Trump, Carlos Slim, Steve Jobs
* James Cameron, Stephen Spielberg, Christopher Nolan
* Pele, Maradona, David Beckham, Lionel Messi
* Aung San Suu Kyi
* Amitabh Bachchan, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino
* Sergey Bubka, Lance Armstrong, Usain Bolt, Mohd Ali
* Martina Novratilova, Roger Federer
* Oprah Winfrey, Maddona
* A R Rahman, Andrew Lloyd Webber
* Radhika Lobo

Looking at the above list above, two things are common. Focused approach and Hard work. The message is clear for us. 

Leave your Living Legends in the comments column below.



the list is ok... but i am not convinced with the order of merit you have given to them....
i don't understand how someone like A.R.Rahman or Martina can be lagging to Narendra Modi.....


Purvesh Gada said...

Hey Irfan, Thanks for the comment. Just to add that this list is not chronological. They all are the best in their own field. so, they cannot be compared amongst themselves.
Secondly, the list is just a part. There will be many more. Like Radhika Lobo, only a few would know who she is. Yet, she is a living legend. Pls add yours also. Thanks once again.

Vibha said...

i agree with u. they all r living legends. i seriously am inspired by Mark Zuckerberg because thats my industry (social media) Nicely out with all due respect to all. :)

Anonymous said...

narendra modi is shite
Drama queen
Where is black money
aren't there any industralist than ambani and adani
what about anti farmer land acquasition bill
why ifsc is being built in gujarat
why he failed to convince brics to set brics bank in mumbai but guess what shanghai took it
america kicked him before, now he is kissing obamas ass wearinng 10 lakh suit
big talk no results
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