Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves.... Some of you may know him as a Neo from the Matrix.... Is this week’s inspirational Monday... The reason is his story is one of the most inspirational I have ever heard, he has gone through very hard times and come through.

Making world popularity through the matrix and raking in an impressive $463.5 million at the box office, the life of the front man has not been smooth....

When he was three his father left home, he was moving city to city with his Mother and had no stability at all. He went to four different high schools in which he struggled with dyslexia making his education harder than most. He didn't come out with a diploma, but is now through sheer will an avid reader.

At the age of 23, his closest friend River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. In 1998, Keanu met Jennifer Syme. The two fell instantly in love and by 1999, Jennifer was pregnant with their daughter. Sadly, after eight months, their child was born stillborn. They were devastated by her death and it eventually ended their relationship. 18 months later, Syme died in a car accident.

Even with those incredible tragedies, Reeves would push on. He's starred in a variety of blockbusters and has become a wealthy man, but the pain of his losses has changed how he thinks about money. He's well known in Hollywood for being among the more charitable actors. After the successes of The Matrix and its sequels, Reeves gave $80 million of his $114 million earnings to the special effects and makeup staff of the films. He also took pay cuts on the films The Replacements and The Devil's Advocates so stars like Gene Hackman and Al Pacino would agree to be in the film while keeping the casting within the designated budget.

Lots of respect for this man and his charitable donations and work ethic..... Take note


Abert Einstein

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Born in 1879, Ulm Germany, Albert Einstein was to become the most celebrated scientist of the Twentieth Century. His theories were to lay the framework for new branches of physics. He also become well known as a humanitarian, speaking out against nuclear weapons – weapons he had indirectly contributed towards creating.

Einstein is one of the undisputed genius’ of the Twentieth Century, but, his early academic reports suggested anything but a glittering career in academia. His early teachers found him dim and slow to learn. Part of the problem was that Albert expressed no interest in learning languages and learning by rote that was popular at the time.

However, at the age of 12, he picked up a book on geometry and read it cover to cover. – He would later refer to it as his ‘holy booklet’. He became fascinated by maths and taught himself – becoming acquainted with the great scientific discoveries of the age.

Around this time, his father’s family business failed and so the family moved to Milan, Italy. Despite Albert’s fascination with maths, he still languished at school. Eventually he was asked to leave by the school because his indifference was setting a bad example to other students.

He is an inspiration because even though everyone around thought he was dim and stupid he proved them wrong and beat the odds.

Peter Jones

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Peter was born in 1966 and raised in Berkshire. Peter’s parents wanted the best for him and sent him for a couple of terms to private school. It was financially crippling for them to send him there - and, moreover, Peter didn't like it, finding it very different from what he was used to. So at the age of eight he left, spending the rest of his school years in state schools. Peter wanted to do the best he could, knowing that one day he was going to be a multi-millionaire. 


Peter remembers sitting for hours in the leather chair at his father's office, dreaming of running a multi-million pound business. After completing the Lawn Tennis Association's coaching exams, he set up his own tennis coaching school. This allowed him to combine the two subjects he loved the most: sport and economics. It was the start of his entrepreneurial journey, driven by his passion for the sport.


During Peter's twenties, Peter ran a thriving computer business which allowed him to own a nice house, a BMW, a Porsche, and plenty of money to spend. However, through a combination of circumstances, personal mistakes and learning the hard way when a few major customers went out of business themselves, he lost the business. Later, Peter set up a computer support business and then a restaurant, the latter ended up being a fun if costly mistake. At 28, Peter decided to join a large corporate because he didn't have any money, was without a car or a house - a tough position to be in. Within 12 months, he ended up running the business in the UK.


Peter founded Phones International Group in 1998, providing mobile cellular solutions to a broad range of clients. Accounting for £14 million of sales in the first year of trading and £44 million by the end of the second. The Times/Ernst & Young recognized him as Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002. His telecoms group was identified as the 13th fastest growing business in The Sunday Times/Virgin Atlantic UK Fast Track League Table in 2003.


In 2009, following a successful Pathfinder activity, his Peter Jones Enterprise Academy opened its doors to students aged 16 to 19 in Amersham in Bucks and Manchester in the North West. He had big plans for scaling it up so that it rolls-out nationwide and offers thousands of courses to students all over!


Peter is a inspiration due to his failures. His failures are most likely the key ingredient to the man he is today and his success. A lot can be learnt from his story and character!