Inspiration For The Nation

Influencing individuals from all over

Michael Jordan: As Energetic As Ever

What do you think of when you hear basketball? Many will think of the legend Michael Jordan. I know I do. He wasn't always a big superstar, however. Jordan, when he was younger, was different from what he's like now, but also the same in some aspects. When Jordan was younger, he was actually quite lazy in sports. He loved baseball and football, and didn't like basketball all that much. Shocker, correct? When his older brother challenged him to a basketball match, it all changed. Jordan became invested in basketball, but when he tried out for his varsity team, he didn't make it. He went home and cried. That's very different from the Jordan we know now. In his NBA career, he was a 6x NBA champ, 5x NBA MVP and a 14x NBA all star! ("Michael Jordan: The Biography") Crazy good, right? Jordan wasn't filthy rich when he was young either, but both parents had jobs. When he became an adult however, he became a millionaire from working with NIKE etc. He was also one of the only people to score 3,000 points in a single season, but his college and high school stats weren't that high. ("Michael Jordan Biography") We can all thank his brother, though, for that one match that changed it all.

Young Jordan and Adult Jordan have similarities also. He eventually succeeded in basketball either way (obviously). He loves sports as much as he did when he was younger and is still close with his family. Unfortunately, his father was murdered, but he is still in Michael's heart. (Johnson, Ben) Michael is still combative and tenacious. He didn't give up and was resilient when he didn't make varsity and fought hard to get drafted. He is today still a successful man and player, on and off the court.

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Working Through-Out Life

Eleanor Roosevelt was a hard-working and determined women who fought for others. She was independent and has inspired even me to have an open mind. Little Nell was born on October 11, 1884. She was very close to her father, because her mother did not like her. She was often ridiculed for how she looked (she was considered "ugly"). So, she became shy and timid. In 1892, her mother died and her father was admitted into a mental asylum and later died. In 1901, her uncle Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was elected president, and she was extremely proud. Later, she was married to Franklin Roosevelt and had 5 children. Eleanor became very invested in civil rights. She had a strong resolve that everyone should be equal. In 1921, however, when her husband was struck with polio, she had to step up and push him to stay in politics, until he was elected president. She didn't believe in segregation, so she defied laws by sitting in between whites and blacks and influenced the Army Nurse Corps to open memberships to black women. ("Eleanor Roosevelt's Life", 2000) Can you believe that? So many people could have cast her out for sticking up for the African Americans, yet she didn't care and did it anyway. This clearly shows inspiration for everyone who was struggling to stand up for themselves or their beliefs. It could inspire different people as well.

While this wonderful lady was teaching history and dance to immigrants, joining the League of Women Voters, trying to gain rights, and visiting soldiers, her husband was also working hard for the country. Until 1945, that is, when he died. While she was saddened by his death, it didn't stop her from staying in the political world. She was then was elected head of the United Nations Human Rights Commission. The Human Rights Declaration was passed by the United Nations afterwards in 1948. Regrettably, Eleanor passed in 1962 when she was 78 years old. ("Eleanor Roosevelt's Life", 2000) She was an amazing women with a heart made of gold that inspired so many people to fight for themselves and others around them. We will continue to cherish and remember her beautiful soul.

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Fighting With Failure

If you've ever failed at something, would you want to try to redo that same thing 48 more times? No, probably not. I know I definitely wouldn't. Maxcy Filer, however, did. He took the California Bar Exam 48 times, and every time he took it, he failed. That is, until he finally succeeded. The reason why he failed every time was because he knew the law, but it just never came out right.

If all the fails never happened, then Maxcy might have never learned the power of perseverance. He had to keep trying all the time to pass the test, rather then just passing the first time and getting over it. Filer would have never learned from his mistakes. He had to find the power of patience inside him to keep going. A bar official once said that he possessed three things that led to his success, and "...that was persistence, persistence and persistence." (NY Times) Due to all the hardships that came with the test, he also became even more combative. He was someone who believed in civil rights, and he claimed that his "fire for the law was fueled by the civil rights movement...". (Margolik, 2011) When he started to fail multiple times over, he was eager to fight for his position and to become a lawyer. He might have never found that full trait in him if he hadn't failed so many times. This also explains why he had to have so much faith in himself. He had to believe that he was going to pass eventually, no matter how many people ridiculed him and lost faith in him. It make perfect sense! Who will believe in you if you can't even believe in yourself?

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One Magnificent Mother, With One Problem

Just having your third child should be a magical and amazing time. This was the reality for my mother, Tanya Covey. She was 32, had a beautiful house, three children, and a loving husband. Life was going perfectly. That was, until she found out that she had cancer. More specifically, Hodgkin Lymphoma. She received the news when my brother was just a few days old. It was absolutely devastating. Tanya had a family, however, that needed her love and support, and she had to make a choice:

Give up and lose hope that she would survive, or fight.

Of course, she chose to fight. She went in to meet with doctors about what she could do to survive. She had the choice to do chemo therapy and radiation. Survival rates were higher if you did both, so she did. She never wanted anyone to come with her, however, to her treatments. Not her husband, not us kids. Her chemo, she said, took about 5 hours. Radiation took only a couple minutes, though. So, she, my father and my older sister would go to the doctors, my mother would get her radiation done, and then they would drive my sister to preschool. She claimed that the cancer "didn't change our schedule". My father still went to work, my sister still went to school, we tried to do everything the same. My mother hired a lady to watch us while she was at treatment. When I asked her what she did to persevere, she said that she exercised everyday, ate healthy, went to all of her doctors appointments, and kept a positive attitude. She knew that a negative mindset would never get her anywhere.

Finally, on December 9th, 2003, she went into remission. Then, Tanya was finally cancer-free. She had to do four months of chemo therapy and seventeen radiation sessions throughout the time that she had cancer. It was a stressful time, with many hardships, but our family kept going. My mother, especially, took a problem and looked for solutions. She is the strongest women I know.

Batting Away Prejudices

Jackie Robinson is one of the most determined people in the world. I would definitely agree! He broke racial barriers when he became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. Jackie was born in 1919, and his single mother managed to raise him and his other four siblings. They were the only black family on their block, but the segregation only made the family grow closer. Even from a young age, Jackie excelled at sports. When he eventually went to UCLA, he was still noticed for his athletic ability with many different awards, such as getting into the UCLA Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, due to financial problems, he had to drop out of college and join the army. After only two years in the army, he was the second lieutenant.

Jackie joined an African baseball team and turned out to be very good. In 1947, the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers approached him and was very interested in getting Robinson in the majors. Robinson eventually agreed. By the end of his rookie year with the Dodgers, he was the National League Rookie. ("Biography", 2011) That year, however, was not an easy one. He was often discriminated, yelled at, kicked out of hotels, fields etc., had things thrown at him, and was called many horrifying names. You can imagine the strength it took to get back on that field, knowing that you would never be accepted. I don't know if I would be able to do it! Yet, he inspired many young and old individuals by working hard, not fighting back and giving baseball everything he had.

It all worked out for him in the end. In 1962, he was admitted in the Baseball Hall of Fame, wrote an autobiography, and had a movie made about him. He was married and had three children also. He was as hard-working off the field as he was on. Jackie became the first black vice-president of an American corporation, and he built the Jackie Robinson Construction Company, which was used to build houses for families with low incomes. ("Biography", 2011) He changed many individuals lives, and paved the pathway for other African Americans to join the MLB and to fight for their rights. It was very upsetting when Jackie died in 1972, but his legacy and bravery sticks with us today.

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Michael Jordan Top 10 Plays of Career

Michael Jordan Top 10 Plays, taken from

MLA: Works Cited

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Johson, Ben, ed. "Michael Jordan Biography." Notable Biographies. N.p., 2015. Web. 25 May 2015. <>.

The New York Times Company. "At the Bar; A Man's Pride and Persistence Conquer the California Bar Exam's Most Famous Losing Streak." NY Times. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 May 2015. <>.

"Timeline, Eleanor Roosevelt's Life." PBS. N.p., 2013. Web. 29 May 2015. <>.