Zero-to-Hero Stories

This page features zero-to-hero stories of some of the most heroic and inspiring figures in our history. Reading these transformational stories is a great way, not only to get inspired, but also to learn from other's victories and mistakes. Get Inspired!

Nelson Mandela -  For Nelson Mandela, nothing worth fighting for can be achieved without struggle. Mandela is celebrated internationally as the first black president of South Africa who liberated his country from the [...]
--> The Unlikely Leader: Nelson Mandela’s Zero-to-Hero Story

Jeff Bezos -  The impact of a single stroke of genius can be immeasurable. Take the case of Jeff Bezos, the founder of, who started an online bookstore in his garage and forever changed the way we buy [...]
--> Jeff Bezos Zero-to-Hero Story

Elie Wiesel -  I recently finished the book Night by Elie Wiesel and it offered some powerful inspiration that I want to share with you today. Jewish-American author, professor, and political activist Elie Wiesel [...]
--> From the Darkest Night: Elie Wiesel’s Zero-to-Hero Story

José Mujica -  He may be “the poorest president in the world” by income, but Uruguay President José Mujica may also be the most popular world leader by virtue of his humility. Rather than set himself apart [...]
--> Lessons from José Mujica’s, the Poorest President in the World

Ernest Shackleton -  In the early 20th century, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton gave new meaning to the word “endurance.” On his third expedition to Antarctica, Shackleton lost his ship to the perilous ice, but he [...]
--> Ernest Shackleton’s Zero-To-Hero Story

Eckhart Tolle -  On the cusp of the new millennium, Eckhart Tolle ushered in a new era of spirituality in America with his bestselling book, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. For Tolle himself, [...]
--> Eckhart Tolle’s Zero-To Hero Story

Barack Obama -  Before he became the first African-American president in history, then-senator Barack Obama wrote the story of his improbable journey in the best-selling book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on [...]
--> Barack Obama’s Zero-To-Hero Story

Steve Fossett is one of my greatest heroes. Holding more than 100 world records in aviation, sailing and ballooning, Steve Fossett is probably one of the greatest adventurers in his time. After [...]
--> Chasing The Dream – Lessons From Steve Fossett Story

Richard Branson, a name and face a recognized in almost every corner of the world, is a source of great inspiration for all those who have been dispirited by the conventions of society. If Richard [...]
--> Challenging Society’s Conventions – Lessons from Richard Branson’s Story

Benjamin Franklin is best known for being one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. But this man also wears a host of other hats – that of a printer, a writer, a statesman, a [...]
--> Rising Above Adversity – Lessons from Benjamin Franklin's Story

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." said a man whose life was steered by his unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Albert Einstein is a name that is synonymous with genius, [...]
--> Never Stop Questioning – Lessons From Albert Einstein’s Story

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, said Thomas Alva Edison. Genius is buried beneath multiple layers that need to be peeled off for a person to shine with brilliance, and this requires [...]
--> Never Give In – Lessons From Winston Churchill’s Story

Pele is a name no soccer fan can do without, and the man is touted to be the best soccer player the world ever saw. Pele did not have the world handed over to him on a silver platter, he worked his [...]
--> Pele's Story

Going by materialistic standards of wealth being directly proportional to “success”, Bill Gates is the most successful person the world ever saw. Going by un-materialistic standards of success [...]
--> Bill Gates Zero to Hero Story

Steve Jobs -  I've just finished Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, A very long (656 pages) and fascinating story about a creative genius whose vision transformed the computer world in the last half century. [...]
--> Steve Jobs Zero to Hero Story

Oprah Winfrey -  To me it seems Oprah Winfrey is everywhere. On a recent flight I happened to pick up a random magazine and realized Oprah even publishes her own magazine. There is absolutely no doubt about Oprah [...]
--> Oprah Winfrey’s Zero-to-Hero Story

J.K. Rowling -  Almost everybody heard about the Harry Potter books series, but almost no one heard the incredible zero to hero story of the author, J.K. Rowling. I personally haven't finished any of the books and [...]
--> J.K. Rowling’s Zero-to-Hero Story

Team Hoyt -  During my Ironman triathlon journey, I used to watch inspiring videos to get myself even more motivated. There was one story that kept coming up on Youtube. It was the extraordinary zero to hero [...]
--> Team Hoyt’s Zero-to-Hero Story

Ever since I was a little kid I loved the story of the Rocky films. I have never thought much of Sylvester Stallone at the time, but then I watched a Youtube video (See video below) telling an [...]
--> Sylvester Stallone Zero-to-Hero Story

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