Sometimes we ask ourselves,
‘How can I make a difference in the world?’
I know I have.
It’s my hope that the five people I wrote about below will not only amaze you but also inspire you.
I just had the pleasure of learning (1) about Harriet Tubman, a woman whose husband was afraid to escape slavery, whose two brothers were afraid as well, yet in 1849, Harriet escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue other enslaved people. (2)
She made some 13 missions to rescue enslaved people, including family and friends. (3)
After the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed, she helped guide fugitives to Canada, and helped newly freed slaves find work. (4)
When the Civil War began, Harriet worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy. (5)
She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the raid at Combahee Ferry, which liberated more than 700 slaves. (6)
All I can say is wow!
She sets a wonderful example for all of us.
At work after decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas, the next few months seem empty and barren, I’ve often felt we could use this time to learn about the sacrifices and amazing things that people like Harriet Tubman have done with their lives. Such as,
Desmond Doss who saved 75 soldiers during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and did it without ever carrying a weapon. (7) (The Movie Hacksaw Ridge tells Desmond’s story.)
Sir Alexander Fleming whose discovery of penicillin changed the world of modern medicine by introducing the age of useful antibiotics. Penicillin has saved, and is still saving, millions of people around the world. (8)
Nils Bohlin created ejection seats and other pilot rescue systems, then Volvo hired him as their first safety engineer. Bohlin developed the three-point safety belt which is credited with saving over 1.3 million lives. (9)
Dr. Frederick Banting improved the lives of millions. His medical research in the 1920s led to the invention of synthetic insulin, a drug which helps sufferers of the disease lead longer, happier lives. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, becoming the first Canadian to win one in any field. (10)
William Tyndale is known as the first person to translate the Bible into English. Because of his belief that the Church in England should be separated from the Catholic Church, Tyndale was arrested, executed and burnt at the stake. (11)
Clark Finnical is a Career Expert and author. Clark’s first book, Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there), was published in 2017. LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level was published last year.
Article originally appeared on https://thewiseramerican.com/
Harriet Tubman picture is Public Domain
Doss Desmond picture: http://history.amedd.army.mil/MOH/dossd.html (Office of Medical History, United States Army), Public Domain,
Sir Alexander Fleming picture See page for author [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)%5D
Nils Bohlin pic from http://scienceheroes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=147&Itemid=146
Dr. Frederick Banting pic from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Banting Public Domain
William Tyndale pic from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyndale – Public Domain – (William Tyndale lived between 1494 & 1536)
(1) I learned about Harriet Tubman by watching, “Harriet Tubman – They Called Her Moses” on Amazon Prime.