41 Inspirational True Stories for your motivation and personal growth

Amazing Real-Life Stories that will teach you how others have managed to Overcome Obstacles and Succeed, and how can you succeed too!

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You are just as capable as those who have achieved the highest level of success in life. All of us have special and unique qualities that we need to develop and take advantage of to improve our chances of success. We will all face challenges throughout our life; just know that you are not alone in facing these challenges.

The real-life stories on this site will aim to inspire you and present you with a unique perspective on some of the most famous and iconic people throughout history; these people had to overcome many obstacles throughout their life also, which is something that we are people often forget.

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With elite levels of dedication, a hardened mindset, determined perseverance and the assistance from the right people in life, the door to success can be just around the corner for you too. You must realize that life is a journey and that also requires many sacrifices and compromises along the way. Follow your dreams and learn from the experiences and life stories of others along the way.

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Keanu Reeves – Recovering From Life-Altering Experiences

The story of Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves has had to overcome the death of three loved ones in such close time, however despite this, his attitude is one of positivity and endurance.
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Mike Tyson: From Being Bullied to Becoming One of the Greatest Boxers

The story of Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is one of the greatest boxers of all time. This is the story of his rough road to the top and the lessons we can take from his experiences.
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The story about Justin Bieber – Never Say Never

The story of Justin Bieber

From child stardom to drugs and depression, in this piece we will go over how Justin Bieber's meteoric rise shaped his still very young career.
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How Lady Gaga’s Path to Fame Went

The story of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga had to bounce back from traumas and deal with the pressures of success from an early age as she rose to stardom in the world of music and acting.
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How Dwayne Johnson went from rejection to Hollywood superstar

The story of Dwayne Johnson

'The Rock' is one of the most recognisable names in the world today - how did he get so far in life and what obstacles did he overcome on his way to the top?
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Angelina Jolie: Hollywood Glamour meets Heart of Gold

The story of Angelina Jolie

The Story of Angelina Jolie, one of the most famous women in the world with a dark past.
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Tony Robbins – Your Past Does Not Define You

The story of Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins grew up in a torturous household, despite this, he overcome the odds to become a successful business man who has helped millions of lives.
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Angela Merkel – The 'De-Facto' Leader of Europe

The story of Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel has fought for her beliefs and rose Germany to new heights in light of constant challenges.
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Jackie Chan – The First 'Jackie Chan'

The story of Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan had a major career in martial arts and acting, and sought to overcome the obstacle of being himself and not another Bruce Lee.
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Bruce Lee – The Man Who Bridges the West and East

The story of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was a cultural icon and he remains one to this very day. He was a man who perfected himself in many mediums.
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How Greta Thunberg Rose to Fame and Raised Awareness of her Message

The story of Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is an inspirational story for the ages who is hoping to change the world and the way we think about climate change.
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Jack Ma – The Innovator of Online Sales in Asia (Alibaba)

The story of Jack Ma

Jack Ma had gone from 30 job rejections to becoming one of the richest men on Earth, in this piece we will go over his path to achieve this success.
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Oprah Winfrey – The Talk Show Icon

The story of Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey went from being an abused child from a poverty stricken background, despite this, she went on to achieve the unthinkable.
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Barack Obama – Overcoming Odds to Run The US

The story of Barack Obama

Barack Obama had managed to become the first black president of the United States despite his lack of identity and family struggles in his childhood.
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Adele – The Talented Girl from Tottenham

The story of Adele

Adele had gone from BRIT school to international superstar in just under two years, how did her path lead her to where she is today?
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Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) - A Message of Leadership and Peace

The story of Dalai Lama 14th (Tenzin Gyatso)

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso faced rare tasks, being both politically and spiritually responsible. We will go over his everpresent message of peace.
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Beyonce – One of the Biggest Female Icon Since 2000

The story of Beyonce

Beyonce had to sacrifice a lot of her childhood to achieve her goals, in this piece we will go over the incredible rise to stardom she has had.
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Walt Disney – Animation’s Icon

The story of Walt Disney

Walt Disney is known as an animation icon and a man who innovated animation in general. How he achieved his level of stardom in the world of animation?
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Rosa Parks – The Bus Seat That Ignited the Flame

The story of Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was an activist who stood up for her own rights and her people’s rights as humans and put it all on the line for what she believed in.
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Ed Sheeran – Bullied to Billboard

The story of Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran had to overcome a lot of adversaries to become the successful musician he is today. Here we will go over how he did this.
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Leonardo DiCaprio – Superstar Actor and Climate Activist

The story of Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio started out as a poverty-stricken boy to a single mother who went on to become a renowned actor and climate change activist.
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Will Smith – Bankrupt to Millionaire

The story of Will Smith

Will Smith had to recover from bankruptcy at an early age, and that he did with his music, TV and movie acting skills.
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Princess Diana – How Diana become The People's Princess

The story of Princess Diana

Princess Diana was seen as the people’s princess, we will go over the path that she took that led her to this reputation amongst the public.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Man of Many Mediums

The story of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger has become an icon. In this article we will go over the trials he faced on his path to stardom.
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Malala Yousafzai: From a Critical Condition to Changing the World

The story of Malala Yousafzai

Malala has overcome adversity and has achieved a lot at such a young age. She became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize at just 17 years old.
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Nelson Mandela – The Man with a Vision for South Africa

The story of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was an icon of South Africa and black rights, in this piece we will go over his story of setbacks, hope and patience.
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J. K. Rowling – A Woman Who Went from Benefits to Billionaire

The story of J. K. Rowling

In this short piece we will go over J.K Rowling’s path to success and how she achieved it.
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Jurgen Klopp – From Black Forest Germany to Managerial Stardom

The story of Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp achieved enormous success in the sporting world despite being a slow start to life. But how did he become a God-like symbol internationally?
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Jordan Henderson: From a Big-Money Flop, to Captain of Football Club

The story of Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson went from big-money flop to captain of the best team on the planet, in this piece we will go over how he turned his career around.
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Steve Jobs – A Story of Overcoming Obstacles

The story of Steve Jobs

Learn how Steve Jobs overcame childhood trauma and other obstacles to become an innovator in the technology and animation world.
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Serena Williams – Tennis and Female Superstar

The story of Serena Williams

Serena Williams is the most famous female tennis player on the planet, despite this, it has not come without judgement that she has had to face.
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From 330 Pounds to World Champion: How Tyson Fury Overcame his Demons

The story of Tyson Fury

From 330 pounds to world champion: How Tyson Fury reclaimed his position as the greatest living heavyweight boxer.
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Marilyn Monroe – A Woman Who Re-Defined Sexuality

The story of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was a famous actor, model and singer, and despite her tragic ending, she left behind a legacy that will live on for years on end.
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Bill Gates – From Introvert to Billionaire Philanthropist

The story of Bill Gates

Bill Gates went from a shy student to the richest man on earth, in this piece we will discuss this.
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Steven Hawking – Disability Does not Define the Mind

The story of Steven Hawking

Steven Hawking was a man with a difficult hand dealt to him, yet he made the most of it. Discover the obstacles he had to overcome to achieve his success.
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Albert Einstein – From Scholarly Failure to Forefather of Science

The story of Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a man who faced a lot of early-life backlash, yet still went on to become one of the most academically praised men to ever live.
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Mother Teresa – A Woman of the People

The story of Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was a selfless woman who sought to help those worse off than her at her own loss, this was the foundations that made her a modern saint.
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Alphonso Davies: The Bayern Road Runner who fought his way to the top

The story of Alphonso Davies

The story so far: How Alphonso Davies went from uncertain beginnings to being one of the hottest prospects in European football.
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Nick Yarris: How One Man Found Hope in Hopelessness

The story of Nick Yarris

The story of Nick Yarris, a man who spent many years in prison sentenced to death. He later became a motivational speaker and a successful author.
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Creating a Life Without Limbs — The Story of Nick Vujicic

The story of Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic was born with an extremely rare disability. Despite this, he overcomes many obstacles and becomes a leader to millions of people worldwide.
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Helen Keller – How to Defy the Odds

The story of Helen Keller

Helen Keller was an iconic activist for both disabled people and women, so how did she overcome her troubles to become such an influential person?
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