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5 Inspirational People To Tell Your Children About

Acting as role models for children is one of the many jobs parents and educators share. It's up to us to teach our kids how to become functioning members of society. Participating in the learning environment helps children to learn basic skills like etiquette, communication, and co-operation, but we all want to go further. It's also a parent's responsibility to show their children that they can achieve their goals and overcome any obstacles in their path.

If you're struggling with that responsibility, we've got you covered. Read on to learn more about five inspirational people you can tell your children about.

Inspirational Person #1: Greta Thunberg

Born in 2003, Greta Thunberg is a teenager and environmental activist from Sweden known for beginning the international school strikes for climate in 2018/2019.

Her first step was a small one. In August 2018, she skipped school to sit outside the Swedish parliament with a sign that said "school strike for climate." Her non-violent protest was quickly picked up by the Swedish media. It spread like wildfire: soon, students all across Sweden and the world took part in her #FridaysforFuture campaign, which meant skipping school every Friday to protest against climate change. Since then, she's given speeches to governments and protest groups all over the world to decry the lack of action being taken against climate change.

She's seen as an icon by many in the modern era, and was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work. Her work has also indirectly led to increased awareness of autism-spectrum disorders. Greta herself has Asperger's Syndrome, something she's called a "superpower" for the black-and-white view of things it allows her. She says that when it comes to climate change, there is no grey area. If the response to her work is anything to go by, it seems like many people agree.

Inspirational Person #2: Usain Bolt

Born on the 1st August 1986, Usain Bolt is an Olympian sprinter considered by many to be the fastest person to ever live. 

During his childhood in Jamaica, a young Usain might have told you that his favourite sports were cricket and soccer. He played both often and thought of himself as a capable athlete, but nothing exceptional. This changed in high school when he switched his focus from cricket to track-and-field. The high school races and tournaments he competed in are where he started his winning streak.

Usain's career is defined by his Olympian performances and world records. He holds the world records in races for 100 meters (9.58 seconds) and 200 meters (19.19 seconds.) He set both in 2009 at the Berlin World Athletics Championships. As of now, he holds 8 valid Olympic gold medals from the 2008, 2012 and 2016 tournaments, and his career hasn't ended yet. He's one of the world's most famous athletes and has become synonymous with his sport in a way few other athletes ever have.

Inspirational Person #3: Saoirse Ronan

Born on the 12th April 1994, Saoirse Ronan is an actress from the Republic of Ireland who's been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2018.

Saoirse Ronan's career took off in 2007 after the release of the film Atonement, which saw her step into a starring role alongside established actors like James McAvoy and Keira Knightley. After that, she was cast in the successful film adaption of The Lovely Bones, Hanna, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Her most acclaimed roles, however, come from later in her career. She received widespread praise for her starring roles as Eilis Lacey in *Brooklyn (*2015) and the eponymous Lady Bird (2018), the latter of which earned her a Golden Globe.

Saoirse Ronan has been nominated for four Academy Awards, five BAFTAs and a Golden Globe over the course of her 13-year career. She's also made a name for herself as a feminist, humanitarian, and activist. She's known for her work as an ambassador of the ISPCC (Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and her stance on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, both of which are now permissible in Ireland under law.

Inspirational People #4 & 5: Patrick & John Collison

Patrick & John Collison are a pair of Irish billionaire entrepreneurs, business owners, and brothers. Born in 1988 and 1990 respectively, the brothers came from humble beginnings in Tipperary. But their huge potential was evident from a young age. Patrick began to learn computer programming at just 10 years old, and went on to win the Young Scientist of the Year award in 2005 for his work with the programming language "Lisp." John, meanwhile, achieved an outstanding Leaving Certificate (8 A1 and 2 A2 grades) in 2009.

The pair's first joint enterprise was the company Shuppa, founded in 2007. They merged with the American firm Auctomatic shortly after and became overnight millionaires when the company sold for $5,000,000 in 2008. But the brothers didn't stop there. They then went on to found the company Stripe in 2010, which received backing from investors like Elon Musk and Peter Thiel. They were named the world's youngest self-made billionaires in 2016 after an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in Stripe. Their success serves as an example that even the loftiest goals can be reached through hard work and determination.

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