5 True Stories to Motivate and Inspire You

Everyone has a motivational story about how either they or someone they know overcame an obstacle to achieve greatness. Inspirational stories can help people having a tough time find the motivation to achieve and succeed no matter their personal situation. By taking a look at what others have accomplished, it’s possible to improve a bad situation and improve a negative outlook. Marie France Dayan, business &Life Coach knows what it means to suffer through a negative situation and helps others achieve balance in their life, as many of the people in these five motivational inspirational stories have done.

Robert Downey, Jr. and His Re-Emergence 

Robert Downey, Jr. is perhaps best-known for his role in the Marvel Comics, “Iron Man” trilogy of movies. However, he showed promise at a younger age with his award-winning role in “Chaplin.” His imminent fall from fame led him through an addiction with drugs that almost killed him, losing his job on the sitcom Allie McBeal and finally a hard won recovery to win the respect of Hollywood again. He had to work hard to convince people who he could manage himself and was recovered. He would get paid for movies only after completing them and went through a period where nobody trusted him. He continued to work hard and no matter how many times he was told that nobody wanted him, he pushed forward and is now one of the most sought-after actors of all time.

J.K Rowling’s Rise to Fame

J.K. Rowling is well-known for his role as the creator of Harry Potter. She came from rather humble beginnings and is a true rags to riches story. Seven years after graduating college, she found herself divorced with a dependent child. She saw herself as a failure, was diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. She lived in an unheated flat and worked in cafes and train stations to avoid the biting cold of winter. Living on government welfare, she worked diligently to complete her novel and bring one of the most encompassing stories of all-time to the world.

The Story of Steven Colbert

Steven Colbert‘s story is a truly tragic story with a happy result. A plane crash irrevocably changed his life when he was only 10 years old. His father and two siblings were killed in a plane crash. He described the loss as becoming a part of his identity. He struggled in college, but used the experience to propel him forward and work hard to succeed in his career. He gained a highlight spot on the Emmy award-winning “The Daily Show,” and he eventually proved himself enough to get his own show, “The Colbert Report.” After years of hard work and perseverance he now claims to have won television as he takes over “Late Show With David Letterman.”

Barack Obama’s Rise to Presidency

Few stories are more motivational than the story of a man who became the president of the free world. Barack Obama‘s bid for presidency was considered a long-shot, but through a dedicated and innovative campaign strategy he managed to jump from a virtually unknown first-time senator to the most powerful man in the world. Obama grew up and worked in one of the nation’s poorest communities, but through a combination of hard work and dedication, he managed to achieve his dreams. Love him or hate him, his extreme dedication to politics and public service served to take him from driving a beat-up Honda as a community organizer to President of the United States.

Everyday Stories of Regular People

Not everyone that has an inspirational story seeks fame or fortune. There are millions of untold stories from average people who want to achieve more out of life. From the pianist with only four fingers who became a concert pianist, to the child with cancer who battles her disease with courage and optimism; inspirational stories are everywhere and can teach us all about the human condition. In Japan, during the Fukushima disaster, pensioners volunteered to tackle the nuclear crisis to spare the younger, “more valuable” generation. Inspirational stories can be found everywhere, and no matter your position in life, you can work to make your own inspirational story. Whether it’s paying for a meal for a struggling family or donating time at a senior center, you can make a difference in someone’s life and create your own inspirational story.

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