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.
Marcome / @Marcome
An accomplished singer/songwriter from Canada, she created
"Twitter me Some Love", an inspirational song which has become a certified
viral hit. Her "New World Music" is truly fascinating.
Lotay Yang / @Lotay
Based 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.