Even the most laid back ones among us can motivate themselves by understanding the heartache, passion, commitment and perseverance that scripted the real-life success stories of people such as Thomas Edison and well, for aspiring writers like me, Stephen King!
Here is a short collection of motivational stories from real life that touched me to keep going when faced with never-ending obstacles. After all, what’s better than knowing that you are not alone?
You may have heard some of these stories before or they may be new to you, but go ahead, read them and get inspired. Share these with someone you think is in urgent need of a push forward. You never know, you may just motivate someone to change their lives and reach for their true destiny.
Motivational Story 1 — Michael Jordan
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~ Michael Jordan.
How can I talk about motivation and not mention Michael Jordan? Jordan suffered his first set-back in his sophomore year when he was left out of the varsity basketball team. Reason? He was only 5’9” at that time. His taller classmate Leroy Smith had won the last spot on the team.
He made up his mind that he would never have to face a similar situation ever again and started practicing every day after that, making it a point to take out time for his practice daily without fail. He soon shot up to 6’3”, made the team the next year and never had to look back after that.
From being a part of two gold-medal winning teams at the Olympics to winning NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award five times in his career, Jordan dominated the sports field for more than a decade in the ‘90s.
Motivational Story 2 — Lance Armstrong
Diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer at the age of 25, doctors gave Lance Armstrong less than a 40 percent chance of recovery. Tumors were discovered in his lungs and stomach along with multiple lesions on the brain.
His biking career was over or so everyone thought; but no one counted on the indomitable belief Armstrong had in himself and the lessons which his mother, Linda Walling had taught him.
One of the first things that he did was to acknowledge the disease that had captured him in its talons and learn everything he could about it. He devoured books, resources and found help in support groups with people going through similar difficulties.
Lance sought strength in three things his mother had instilled in him
“Make every obstacle an opportunity”, “Always work hard and good things will happen” and “Don’t believe it when other people say you can’t”.
His first comeback after beating cancer was not a success and he finished fourteenth in the race. He even thought about retirement but constant support from his fiancée, mother and buddy Chris Carmichael soon had him training for his next race in the Appalachians.
He returned from his training a transformed man and never let the constant difficulties plough him down again.
True, the doping scandals have destroyed Lance’s reputation as a professional biker. But one cannot but admire his sheer will power and dedication through which he turned the odds in his favor at a time when everyone thought his life was over.
Motivational Story 3 — J.K. Rowling
From living as a single mother on state benefits to a multi-millionaire today, J.K. Rowling has come a long way from her early days of struggle and is a true epitome of the ‘rags to riches’ story.
Many a times, Rowling has attributed her considerable achievements to her ability to focus all her attention on the things that mattered to her the most.
The success of Harry Potter series is a tribute to her story-telling abilities and a reminder that everyone has a hidden talent within him or her. You just have to reach out for it and allow it to bloom.
Motivational Stories from Every Day
These are but a few motivational stories about people who have had to face difficulties in one form or the other, and turned it around through sheer perseverance and enthusiasm.
But if you come to think about it, even your milkman or the security guard in your office building might have an inspiring story to tell you out of their own lives.
I know a lady who is well into her seventies now. A housewife who had never worked before, she lost her husband at the age of 40 to illness and was left with a 10-year old son and huge medical bills.
She took on her husband’s job without thinking twice, applied herself to learning new skills and brought up her son single-handedly. She is still active today, leads the neighborhood book club and has signed up for a computer class to keep up with the changing times.
If that is not motivational enough then I don’t know what is!
When I got home that night my wife served dinner. I held her hand and said, “I’ve got something to tell you.” She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.
Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking about divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, “Why?”
I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, “You are not a man!”
That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore, I just pitied her.
With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it to pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources, and energy but I could not take back what I had said. I loved Jane now.
Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.
The next day, I came home late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast after an eventful day with Jane. When I woke up, she was still at the table writing.
In the morning she presented her divorce conditions. She didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month, we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple; our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.
This was agreeable to me, but she had something more. She asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month’s duration, I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door every morning. I thought she was going crazy, but just to make our last days together bearable, I accepted her odd request.
I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. “No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce,” she said scornfully.
My wife and I hadn’t had any physical contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, “Daddy is holding Mommy in his arms.”
His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the living room and to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly, “Don’t tell our son about the divorce.”
I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus. I drove alone to the office.
On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying. Our marriage had taken its toll on her, and for a minute, I wondered what I had done to her.
On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.
She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, “All my dresses have grown bigger.” I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, and that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.
Suddenly it hit me. She had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.
Our son came in at the moment and said, “Dad, it’s time to carry mom out.” To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the living room, and to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly, just like on our wedding day.
But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, “I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy.”
I drove to office, jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind. I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door. “Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.”
She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. “Do you have a fever?” she replied.
I moved her hand off my head. “Sorry, Jane,” I said. “I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day, I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart.”
Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away. At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The saleswoman asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, “I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.”
That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face. I ran up the stairs only to find my wife in the bed – dead. My wife had been fighting cancer for months, but I was too busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and wanted to save me from any negative reaction from our son, in case we push through with the divorce. At least, in the eyes of our son, I’m a loving husband.
The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It’s not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves.
So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Have a real happy marriage!
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I’m a big Transformers fan. Since childhood I’ve been drooling to own an army of Autobots. Their appearance in the “cartoon” series are way different than that of the Michael Bay’s film (don’t get me wrong, this is not a movie review).Then came new character faces. Sam Witwicky as portrayed by Shia Labeouf. He really got me curious on why he disappeared on the 4th Transformer sequence. And so here goes my first celebrity-related blog. This was published last July. It may be outdated but you might still want to know something about Shia if you’re a fan. Plus I’m impressed how the infographics team vectorized this image so I want to share it here as well.
News about Shia Labeouf has been spreading lately and every reports pertaining to him does not enhance his integrity as a public figure. This is for the reason that he is undergoing alcohol addiction…
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“Welcome to Google. This will not be your average internship.” –Mr. Chetty
It all started with the two main characters Nick and Billy (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson). These guys were businessmen. They sell watches. To cut the story short, the company of Billy and Nick got bankrupt. So eventually both of them lose their job. After that, in one of the early scene of the movie Billy and Nick were having a video-conference with two recruiters from Google. And mind you, they used a computer in a public library! lol!
But wait, let’s go back a bit. Because Billy and Nick were jobless and after a long night of Googling the “jobs for people with no skills”, Billy stumbles upon Google’s competitive internship program and signs up for himself and his buddy for an interview. This scene is kind of funny. In their interview, both protagonists were battling away the children who want to get on the public computer. So, both of them shout at top-volume into the screen, despite the fact that the recruiters already told them that they can hear them.
Billy and Nick jam their head close together like an old show team posing for a manic promotional photograph and jabber right into the camera, displaying not only obvious technical incompetence but unashamedly embarrassing need. But miraculously, after the disaster in their interview both Billy and Nick are chosen to join the Internship summer program at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. They will compete with other “Noogler”. That’s what they call the interns. The funny part is that, Billy and Nick were the oldest in the group. At the end of the summer, only the chosen group of interns will get a job in Google.
The college kids assigned in Billy and Nick’s team immediately treat them with disdain and disrespect. There is this one scene when Billy has an idea for an App, which already exists. He keeps on saying after you take a picture with your phone; you put it “on the line”. The internship program was run by Mr. Chetty, played amazingly by Aasif Mandvi. Mr. Chetty is a cold, frightening, and unapproachable. The other members of Billy and Nick’s team are played by Tiya Sircar, Dylan O’Brien, Tobit Raphael, and Josh Brener.
Okay, now let us describe the characters. The script defines every character smartly, following them on similar journeys of transformation over the course of the summer.
So now let’s start with Tobit Raphael, who played the role of Yo Yo. His character is a kid who was pressured by his mother to be the best that he picks at his eyebrows each time he fails. In the end of the film, he only has one eyebrow. Lol!
Tiya Sircar, played a bubbly young woman role who talks about a big game about her sexy cosplays only to reveal in a later scene that she never had a boyfriend, and all of her experiences are figments of imaginations.
Dylan O’Briens, played the role of Steward, a serious young man who can barely drag his eyes up from his phone. He displays the practical doubt of a generation that knows that graduating from college is not a guarantee of anything.
At first, the team did not bond well, and nobody wants Billy and Nick slowing them down. It’s a tense for them. But during in the Quidditch match with a rival team. It was like a World Cup final! The team of Billy and Nick was losing at the first round but when Billy gives a speech with his team about a “little welder girl” who wanted to go to dance school and never gave up. It was really stupid and it was enjoyable. At that point the team started to bond and they almost win the match. That’s where they started to work together, as a team.
The both protagonist played a catch-up in terms of technology, and, of course, the old geezers have a couple of life lessons to teach the young whippersnappers, too. That everybody wins. The movie is all about Google culture. In the movie you’ll see everyone wearing colored beanies, and “Noogle” T-shirts, riding colorful Google bikes around the campus, and taking the Google shuttle bus into town.
The interns competed in different challenge, which includes coding, answering helpline calls, and locating bugs. Well, Google is both a successful company and a mystical entity that makes the world a better place. Imagine that, the food in Google is free; there are “nap pods” where a person can rest, and there is a gigantic slide between floors. It’s one of the amazing companies out there.
Well, in my opinion. Billy and Nick are puzzled by their experience at Google, and they have encountered different challenges. They’re only in their forties but they’re already being treated as old and irrelevant; it’s a new experience, one they are not yet used to. Both Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn played their part beautifully. It’s no surprise that both of them have such entertaining chemistry onscreen. In 2005, we saw them in the movie “The Wedding Crashers”, a movie which went a hit. What surprise me is that it has taken so long to see them again together. Well, we know these two were set to work cranking out comedies as an established duo, beloved by the audience. But due to today’s more individualistic, independent industry, it has taken Wilson and Vaughn nine years to get together again. Well, it’s good to see them.