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Nobel Peace Prize

What does it take to truly make a difference? How do we measure the success of people striving for a better world?

I looked today at a list. A list of those who have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Men and women of genius, vision and sheer determination. Each of them unique and one of a kind. How do such people become who they are and how do they achieve what they have?

I can say that they all share one thing in common. They are all leaders. More importantly, they are all leaders in compassion.

To be a leader you have to nuture many wonderful qualities including passion, energy and the ability to set goals. To work towards benchmarks everyday, to stay the course, to continue on.

What would it take to be a leader who achieves such an honour as the Nobel Peace Prize?

I believe it starts with first setting a goal. Then taking that first step and then another and another until you are running torwards what at first seemed like an impossible dream.

Run as fast as you can because life is too short to walk in circles.

Remember as well that we are all just people, with the same potential locked inside us.
Take a moment and learn about one of these people listed below. Place them on that mantle of honor besides your other modern day celebrities, talk show hosts and athletic superstars. But do not ever think that such a place of respect and height cannot be reached by you as well. When we stop believing that each person has the chance to make a remarkable difference, we stop trying.

To stop trying is the same as standing still for your entire life.

So go for a run today and see how close you get to that next goal. What do you have to lose? The answer is nothing if we try and everything if we don’t.

Commit first to becoming a leader and someone who is not afraid to set goals. Making the world a better place is just around the corner.

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to 94 individuals and 19 organizations since 1901.

2006 – Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank
2005 – International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei
2004 – Wangari Maathai
2003 – Shirin Ebadi
2002 – Jimmy Carter
2001 – United Nations, Kofi Annan
2000 – Kim Dae-jung
1999 – Macdecins Sans Frontires
1998 – John Hume, David Trimble
1997 – International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Jody Williams
1996 – Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, Jos Ramos-Horta
1995 – Joseph Rotblat, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
1994 – Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin
1993 – Nelson Mandela, F.W. de Klerk
1992 – Rigoberta Mench Tum
1991 – Aung San Suu Kyi
1990 – Mikhail Gorbachev
1989 – The 14th Dalai Lama
1988 – United Nations Peacekeeping Forces
1987 – Oscar Arias Sanchez
1986 – Elie Wiesel
1985 – International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
1984 – Desmond Tutu
1983 – Lech Walesa
1982 – Alva Myrdal, Alfonso Garcaa Robles
1981 – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
1980 – Adolfo Parez Esquivel
1979 – Mother Teresa
1978 – Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin
1977 – Amnesty International
1976 – Betty Williams, Mairead Corrigan
1975 – Andrei Sakharov
1974 – Sean MacBride, Eisaku Sato
1973 – Henry Kissinger, Le Duc Tho
1972 – The prize money for 1972 was allocated to the Main Fund
1971 – Willy Brandt
1970 – Norman Borlaug
1969 – International Labour Organization
1968 – Rena Cassin
1967 – The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section
1966 – The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
1965 – United Nations Children’s Fund
1964 – Martin Luther King
1963 – International Committee of the Red Cross, League of Red Cross Societies
1962 – Linus Pauling
1961 – Dag Hammarskjald
1960 – Albert Lutuli
1959 – Philip Noel-Baker
1958 – Georges Pire
1957 – Lester Bowles Pearson
1956 – The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section
1955 – The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
1954 – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
1953 – George C. Marshall
1952 – Albert Schweitzer
1951 – Laon Jouhaux
1950 – Ralph Bunche
1949 – Lord Boyd Orr
1948 – The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section
1947 – Friends Service Council, American Friends Service Committee
1946 – Emily Greene Balch, John R. Mott
1945 – Cordell Hull
1944 – International Committee of the Red Cross
1943 – The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section
1942 – The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section
1941 – The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section
1940 – The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section
1939 – The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section
1938 – Nansen International Office for Refugees
1937 – Robert Cecil
1936 – Carlos Saavedra Lamas
1935 – Carl von Ossietzky
1934 – Arthur Henderson
1933 – Sir Norman Angell
1932 – The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
1931 – Jane Addams, Nicholas Murray Butler
1930 – Nathan Saderblom
1929 – Frank B. Kellogg
1928 – The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
1927 – Ferdinand Buisson, Ludwig Quidde
1926 – Aristide Briand, Gustav Stresemann
1925 – Sir Austen Chamberlain, Charles G. Dawes
1924 – The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
1923 – The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
1922 – Fridtjof Nansen
1921 – Hjalmar Branting, Christian Lange
1920 – Laon Bourgeois
1919 – Woodrow Wilson
1918 – The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
1917 – International Committee of the Red Cross
1916 – The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
1915 – The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
1914 – The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
1913 – Henri La Fontaine
1912 – Elihu Root
1911 – Tobias Asser, Alfred Fried
1910 – Permanent International Peace Bureau
1909 – Auguste Beernaert, Paul Henri d’Estournelles de Constant
1908 – Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Fredrik Bajer
1907 – Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Louis Renault
1906 – Theodore Roosevelt
1905 – Bertha von Suttner
1904 – Institute of International Law
1903 – Randal Cremer
1902 – Alie Ducommun, Albert Gobat
1901 – Henry Dunant, Fradaric Passy

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    June 9th, 2007 at 6:32 am

    Hi Brad:
    Have you seen a copy of my prize-winning biography of Norman Borlaug: The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger. If not, let me know and I will send you a courtesy copy.
    Leon Hesser
    239-254-1478
    Naples, Florida

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