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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, more famously known as Mahatma Gandhi, was an Indian activist and sage spokesperson for freedom and non-violence. He led the Indian Independence Movement against British colonial rule in India by encouraging peaceful civil disobedience. His protest methods went on to inspire civil rights movements throughout the world. Although Gandhi was assassinated in 1948, it’s amazing just how relevant his messages remain to this day, serving as an inspiration to fight injustice and make the world a better place.

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1. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

What it means: Stop caring what other people think of you or what you are doing. Others will always have an opinion. As long as you stand behind what you’re doing, the only cheerleader you need is yourself. Your own strong values and beliefs will build you up and fortify your efforts as you work toward reaching your goals. Then, when you have succeeded through your own self-determination, you will surprise anyone who has doubted you -- and realize you never needed them in the first place!

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