5 Winners' Messages

by Bistra Kumbaroska on 12th September, 2012 at 1:04 PM CEST

Starting with 8 things about winners, through 7 battles worth winning and 6 happy habits, we have reached one of my favourite numbers - number 5 :) 

Number 5 goes to five “WoWs”,  five “Is this possible?” and 5 “You are a winner!”. In other words, five people who have influenced my life with their heroism, positive will and perseverance. Before writing this article, I contacted all of them by e-mail, telling them how heroic they are to me, sharing few words about us as Challenge:Future, as youth who is devoted to creating happy well-being for all. 

5. “What would you call a doctor who has taken the Hippocratic oath to the entire planet, swearing not to die until all nuclear weapons are destroyed? Noble, ambitious or right off the wall?” Dr. Helen Caldicott, is a well-known physician, pacifist and anti-nuclear activist who has worked for more than 35 years to educate the world about the medical and environmental hazards of nuclear energy. The author of Nuclear Madness, she was named by the Smithsonian Institute as one of the most influential women of the 20th century.  

source: helencaldicott.com

While living in the United States from 1977 to 1986, she co-founded the Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war. One of her most quoted sentences is “It's revolting to me that students are being trained to work in corporations. If the corporations have their way, the Earth will be killed, and that's in your lifetime.”

4. Most probably you’ve heard by now about Nick Vujicic, right? He is a person who inspires and changes the lives of thousands worldwide with his personal life story, a story of struggle and happiness. Born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterised by the absence of all four limbs, as a child, he struggled mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Eventually he came to peace with his disability and, at the age of seventeen, started his own non-profit organisation, Life Without Limbs

source: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/

Since his first speaking engagement back when he was 19, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions of people, speaking to a range of different groups such as students, teachers, youth, businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, and church congregations of all sizes.  “...trade the life of self pity, that I was living, for a life of purpose! If you can't get a miracle, become one.” - Nick says.

3. Did you know that a women's peace movement helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003? Leymah Roberta Gbowee is Liberia’s peace warrior, who along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. In its citation, the Nobel Committee said it had chosen her because she "mobilised and organised women across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring an end to the long war in Liberia, and to ensure women's participation in elections.  

source: tumblr.com

She has since worked to enhance the influence of women in West Africa during and after war". Currently the head of the Ghana-based Women Peace and Security Network (WPSN), she gives speeches, presentations and TED talks usually repeating that “You can tell people of the need to struggle, but when the powerless start to see that they really can make a difference, nothing can quench the fire.”

2. How do you begin to describe a man such as Andre Brugiroux? Some have called him the world’s most traveled hitchhiker, while others have described him as the ‘Marco Polo’ of modern times. A drifter during his younger life, he started a journey which lasted 18 years before he returned home (1955 to 1973), and during which he hitchhiked 400,000 km, going through 135 countries on every continent. In 1955 at the very young age of 17, Andre would step from the door the family home in Paris, with a grand total of 10 francs to his name. With no firm idea on his future, he would then travel and work his way throughout Europe, picking up odd jobs along the way. In 2005, Brugiroux completed his dream of seeing the whole world by watching polar bears in the bay at Churchill, Manitoba (Canada).  

source: wikipedia.org

He is 75 years old now and he uses internet very well. He replied to my e-mail in 24 hrs, saying: 

"I was in Slovenia in 1963. Most of you were not born then! What i would like to wish to youth in your organisation is the following: Remember that the earth is but one country and all mankind its citizens. Take care of yourself and of it.”

1. Stunned by the story and struggle I saw in the movie “Alive” I started to dig out information about one of the most courageous persons on Earth - Nando Parrado. Based on a true story, the movie features an Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes, forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash. The two and a half months that followed changed his life completely. His mother and younger sister passed away in the accident, and Nando made a superhuman effort, and survived for 72 days, finding his way out of the Andes, after 11 days of snowy marathon trek. Nowadays, he is a successful businessman, a very active sportsman, and internationally known speaker who has developed successful strategies for unlocking potential and excellence in the workplace and everyday life.  

source: dalasnews.com

My e-mail caught him at the airport, while waiting for a flight to Sydney. He replied immediately, saying the following: 

“Hi Bistra, Many thanks for your kind message. I believe that the young people first of all have to be leaders of their own lives and then go forward from there. If you can not handle yourself, how can you expect to lead or to be respected? Always keep in mind to live your present and follow your heart and intuition! Warm regards, Nando”

I truly hope to meet Mr. Nando, Mr. Andre, Ms. Gbowee, Nick and Ms. Helen sometime in the near future. Hopefully, at some of our next C:F Summits! :)


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Petra Jurič

Petra Jurič

i love the article. i can't wait the next one! :)))

12th September, 2012 @ 6:25 PM CEST

ejaz ud din

ejaz ud din | Action team

they are truly source of inspiration !!! i like the articles ...so keep the flow Bistra,,,,and i will wait for the next !!!

13th September, 2012 @ 8:41 AM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

wow.. its just lovely article... what a life they lived... u know d best part is their special comments for readers (us) ... they actually replied and shared their words is just awesome... :)

u made me senti & emotional with this article... what a life they are living.. truly inspirational.. millions of thanks for u bistra...

I am speechless wid ur efforts.. you are greatest bistra, and you know it... :)

13th September, 2012 @ 1:41 PM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Hats off Bistra for the article and the 5 amazing superhumans! :)

Imagine, bringing one of them to the C:F SUmmit, who would you chose??:)) (very hard choise!!!)

13th September, 2012 @ 3:08 PM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

It's been a marvelous, special feeling to work on this article, to choose only 5 people and also to write them e-mails and read their replies. It took me few days even weeks to write the first e-mail to Nando, and imagine the moment when he replied to my email in less than an hour. AaAaAaAaAaaa I was nearly shaking! :) :) :)

Really a special experience. Now reading through your comments, i feel like i have transferred those special moments to you. Heroes do exist! And they know about us. And hopefully, some of them will join us at C:F Summit! :)

13th September, 2012 @ 4:09 PM CEST

Ana Mihajloska

Ana Mihajloska | Action team

Brilliant! Truly inspirational and motivational :))

14th September, 2012 @ 9:58 AM CEST



WOW ! Bistra, you have indeed selected well and I must confess that the five of them are really special people and am proud that they are still around even in my generation..... Great work !

14th September, 2012 @ 12:16 PM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

Thanks for the sharing. I'm spurred! Let's go!

14th September, 2012 @ 6:05 PM CEST

Vesna Đukanović

Vesna Đukanović

Thank you because you met me on this way with Nick Vujicic....This story -the best one...Inspired for better tomorrow THANK YOU

14th September, 2012 @ 9:28 PM CEST



Very inspiring and truly blessed and encouraged, it is not easy to render such services. These are people that have refuse to be limited and stocked but they have decided to progress, not alone but with others.

17th September, 2012 @ 12:58 PM CEST

Andrijana Tasevska

Andrijana Tasevska

Marking people that do not make money out of there popularity-you made the right choice.

Bravo, bravo

17th September, 2012 @ 1:23 PM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

I am so happy to read all your comments, and to find in your words what i find in me - fascination, deep admiration and strong attachement to these 5 people. I hope more and more people will get inspired by these stories! And Andrijana, that is one valid argument!

18th September, 2012 @ 9:19 AM CEST

Gershon Lumor

Gershon Lumor

Bistra you have really challenged my thinking being and the combination of your research has revived my thinking faculty.i love that.

21st September, 2012 @ 1:34 AM CEST

sripali bandara

sripali bandara

great article !

27th September, 2012 @ 6:28 AM CEST

Vikas Solanki

Vikas Solanki

Well after readin' an article by Reena & Jovana and other one article Smile for pain, Tears for pleasure
by Dharmesh Bhadja I got inspired to read many others and came across to this article and I loved it so much. it is very honest and inspirational. Great job bistra

4th October, 2012 @ 7:45 AM CEST

Ana  Rajkovic

Ana Rajkovic

Great article!
These 5 Winners' Messages should everyone read. Everything based on true stories. True lifes. True messages.
I read this twice.

2nd February, 2013 @ 1:31 AM CEST

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