Some of the Greatest Influential People of All Time

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When you think of the word influence or influential what comes to mind. Has anyone been an Influence in your life?  Who do consider to be a great influencer? What is an influential person? Someone that has an impact on or shapes how people act or how things occur. A person who convinces others to listen and do what he or she suggests is an example of an influential person.

Theses’ are my top Influential people of all time.

Mahatma Gandhi – He promoted non-violence during World War II, he was a political and spiritual leader during India’s’ struggle with Great Britain; an advocate of civil disobedience. He was a big part of the campaigns of Indian Independence Movement. “An eye for eye only makes the whole world blind” – Gandhi

Albert Einstein – A German born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein also proposed that light consists of discrete quantized bundles of energy (later called Photons). Albert Einstein could not speak until he was 4 years old and his parents were told he would not amount to much. That’s why he’s an influence to me. “Everybody is a Genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid”- Albert Einstein

Martin Luther King Jr. – Was an American Baptist Minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Right Movement. Promoted equality between all people and things. “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Muhammad Ali – (Jan 17th, 1942 – June 3rd ,2016) was an American former professional boxer. He was arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer in the history of the sport. He was a champion in the ring, a champion to his religion, a champion to his race and a champion to mankind. He stood up for what he believed in. “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was” Muhammed Ali -so influential to me!  

There are a few more on my list before I get to in my opinion the most influential person of all time.

Michael Jordan – Probably the greatest basketball player of all time. The greatest sportsman of all time!  Owns a billion-dollar brand and still is probably the greatest spokesperson for Nike. Jordan was influential in basketball, sports and business. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed” – Jordan

Bill Gates – William Henry “Bill” Gates III is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer. He is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heal the lesson of failure” – Bill Gates

And in close the one person that tops my list as the most influential person of all time is:

Jesus Christ – My Lord and Savior. He has been influencing people for over 2000 years. Jesus was definitely the most influential person of all time, and probably the most controversial person as well. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. He was born to Mary, as the bible says, “she was found with a child of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 1:18). He was both Man and God (John 20:28). According to the bible, he is God alone (Deuteronomy 6:4). Jesus died on the cross for the world and gave us the pathway to salvation. “For what shall it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?” – Jesus

That was my list of the most influential people, Who’s on your list?  I hope to be an influence in someone’s life and I’m working toward that every day.


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Coach G - from San Diego, California. At the age of 8, I was labeled dumb and diagnosed with a learning disability. I have literally spent my whole life making my label the inspiration behind finding purpose in my life, exercising my strength in business and fostering my love for connecting with others in my relationships as the key to the realization that I am smart. It's about breaking down labels to bring out your own “Genius Within”.