This is the latest post in our series, TwitterPowerhouses, which focuses on the contributions of people who've helped to expand, influence, and redefine how we view social networking.
What inspires you? The answer to that question can be found in the timeless words of a visionary leader or literary giant, the stunning beauty of historical landmarks and modern marvels, or the fighting spirit and the responsibility to support causes that speak to the very best of what humanity has to offer. Or, all of the above.
Truly, inspiration is a brand than can never be oversold. This is why I am excited about profiling the 16 people below. They are among the most respected, motivational voices on Twitter today. They inspire hundreds of thousands with their daily dose of gratitude, use of icons, thought-provoking blogs, support for nonprofits, and a great mix of uplifting quotes and affirmations.
In one of his great pieces on inspiration, Russell Simmons writes,
We are thinking about the question "What inspires you?" and we are inspired by compassionate love. With great love all things are possible. This is true. In Mahatma Gandhi's words, "love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable." Mother Teresa spent her life working to give a voice to the poor and to promoting love as an essential ingredient to life. Her life devoted to the poor was among the richest in human history. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years imprisoned because of his actions to end the loveless and dehumanizing oppression of Apartheid.
Indeed, our lives are wonderfully defined, and refined, by the gravitational pull of positive people. We're drawn to what they promote, how they express themselves, and most of all, how their words line up with their actions. This is what Simmons is talking about. And just as we are inspired by the figures he mentioned, legions are also inspired by the 16 TwitterPowerhouses below. Men and women who are as richly diverse and captivating as the world we all inhabit.
Lotay Yang / @LotayBased in Los Angeles, CA, he is the founder of Black Card Circle, an elite
social network of prominent business professionals, who use their access, connections and wealth to benefit charitable organizations worldwide..
Mia Rose / @DrMiaRose
One of Australia's most celebrated and respected photographers and relationship therapists. Her blog is a great read that tackles a variety of issues. Her Healing Love Notes
Ranseth routinely travel throughout North America to meet
and connect with his friends on Twitter. His life's mission is to
touch lives & love using social media.
Ann has spent the last two years concentrating on the needs of
others: traveling, supporting an orphanage in Peru. This former corporate
exec is a serious Twitter favorite.
A former corporate attorney, Moreno has found her calling, and
maintains a great site
with news, love and romance, and her unique brand
This awesome feed is maintained by Arun Charles, and has one of
the most pleasant and distinctive avatars on the site. A smile will
surely become your best friend in the world.
Daskal is a speaker and author who uses her popular blog
empowering others to be their most Successful Self.
A mobile apps developer who also blogs, his page includes interesting "cool facts" about civilization. He lives by the words:
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of uncertainties."
Neumann is apart of The United Way Emerging Leaders Council, and
tweets about ways to use social media for non-profits. Her website
dedication to helping people and giving back.
More than anything else, Love anchors his feed. Love for art.
Love for social networks. And, love for humanity. His tweets reflect
his travels to Paris and Rio, as well as the positive experiences shaping his life.
Eleesha is a popular author, blogger
, and "sharer of words of
inspiration", affirmations, and positive thoughts. Her blend of
words and icons is intoxicating.
Life coach, vocalist, and humanitarian, Jaeger uses her popular music
and words to help foster and create the positive things she wants to see in
A consciousness explorer, Towler believes inspiration is a necessary
component to achieving anything in life. The historical and contemporary substance
of his tweets reflect his association with the Agape Spiritual Center.
Business owner, lawyer, and artist, Dahara's tweets have propelled
her to one of the most retweeted individuals on the site. Her
rescue work with animals is truly inspiring.
Siddiqui's tweets not give the reader a glimpse into his soul, but also his love and passion for the people, geography and history
of Pakistan. His blog
Author's Note: In case you missed it, here's Part 4 of the series: Twitter and the Inspirations of Iconic88.