5 Influential People Who Accomplished Major Goals in 2015

Years come and then they go but there is one thing about every year that is certain for most of us: we end it with the bang of a conqueror knowing that in less than 24 hours, we have a clean slate to start anew and conquer our goals.

Some goals are bigger and harder to achieve than others but it’s important to keep in mind that some of these aspirations are not achieved without the help and support of others.

So now that you’ve put on your capes and are ready to reap all that you’ve planned to sow this upcoming year, remember that only by giving are you able to receive more than what you already have, as nicely put by late entrepreneur, Jim Rohn.

Now that we are in the first day of 2016, let’s have a quick recap of some influential people—from entertainers to activists—who accomplished some amazing goals in 2015.

Misty Copeland

Photo from mistycopeland.com

Photo from mistycopeland.com

Remember when this phenomenal woman made history as the first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre this year? In further lighting her fire, Copeland also released a documentary about her unprecedented career called, “A Ballerina’s Tale,” and made her Broadway debut, attracting the attention and hearts of all of America and inspiring young women of color all over the world.

LeBron James

Aside from his philanthropic work with his nonprofit, The LeBron James Family Foundation, King James made history this year when Nike decided to sign its first ever lifetime deal with him. Sports analysts estimate that the deal could be worth between $500 million and $1 billion and Forbes is calling it “the largest deal in Nike history.” Bow down to the King! His moves, both on and off the court, are always inspiring us.


Leah Still

Arguably America’s most precious and bravest little sweetheart, Leah continues to inspire in her recovery from pediatric cancer with her father and NFL lineman, Devon Still, in tow. Still was initially given a 50-50 chance to live after being diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in June 2014. Her latest scan, however, showed that she remains cancer-free. Her courage and charisma has helped not only her father, but has helped to raise $500,000 for the American Cancer Society and contributed to the writings of her children’s book, “I Am Leah Strong.” Way to rock 2015 at just five years old!


Bree Newsome

Amongst all of the racial turmoil and controversial cases of injustice involving police violence this year, there were a number of people making bold and inspiring moves to combat that. One of those people included activist and artist, Bree Newsome, who climbed up a flagpole at the South Carolina State Capitol and removed a Confederate flag on June 26, 2015. The next month, the flag was then permanently removed with a 37-3 vote from the Senate.


Lee Daniels

Philly native and one of the creative geniuses behind Fox’s Empire, Daniels has shown us just this year alone that he can not and will not be stopped and that his momentum is only picking up from here. Empire’s premiere ranked as Fox’s highest-rated debut in three years and continuously increased viewership at an unprecedented pace.

Starting with Misty ending with Lee, lots can say that the odds were against them all. But through strength and faith they proved everyone wrong. Let this be motivation for you to conquer whatever goal you may have set in your mind.

Now it’s time to START 2016 with a bang!

Now signing off with the reminder: Don’t wait for the world to recognize your greatness, live it and let the world catch up to you.


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