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Top 10 Most Inspirational Short Stories I’ve Heard

Short Inspirational stories are powerful reads;

The great thing about them is that they’re so easy to digest, and there’s always a moral at the end of the story.

Whether they’re true stories or not is another thing, as many of them are legends supposedly hundreds of years old.

However, the stories that I’m talking about are so powerful and inspirational that many of them really do get you thinking and even leave you speechless at times.

 

The 10 Best Inspirational Short Stories

I’ve been reading plenty of these short stories in the past couple of weeks and found the lessons behind them truly wonderful. So I’ve decided to write out this article highlighting the 10 most inspirational short stories I’ve heard.

Next to the subheadings, in brackets, I’ve put what the story’s lesson is all about, with a short description of the moral of the story at the end of each section.

 

10. The Elephant Rope (Belief)

The Elephant Rope (Inspirational Short Stories)

A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains. All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.

As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all.

Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.

The trainer replied;

“when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.

Moral of the story: No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.

 

9. Thinking Out of the Box (Creative Thinking)

Thinking Out of the Box (Inspirational Short Stories)

In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter.

He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that we would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter. Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust.

The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black.

The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark.

Standing on a pebble-strewn path in the businessman’s garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles. Whilst he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag.

He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one.

The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done:

  1. Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.
  2. Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the loan-shark for cheating.
  3. Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.

She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. She said to the loan-shark;

“Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”

The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt.

Moral of the story: It’s always possible to overcome a tough situation throughout of the box thinking, and not give in to the only options you think you have to pick from.

 

8. The Group of Frogs (Encouragement)

The Group of Frogs (Inspirational Short Stories)

As a group of frogs was traveling through the woods, two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs crowded around the pit and saw how deep it was, they told the two frogs that there was no hope left for them.

However, the two frogs decided to ignore what the others were saying and they proceeded to try and jump out of the pit. Despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of the pit were still saying that they should just give up. That they would never make it out.

Eventually, one of the frogs took heed to what the others were saying and he gave up, falling down to his death. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die.

He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?”

The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

Moral of the story: People’s words can have a big effect on other’s lives. Think about what you say before it comes out of your mouth. It might just be the difference between life and death.

 

7. A Pound of Butter (Honesty)

A Pound of Butter (Inspirational Short Stories)

There was a farmer who sold a pound of butter to a baker. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if he was getting the right amount, which he wasn’t. Angry about this, he took the farmer to court.

The judge asked the farmer if he was using any measure to weight the butter. The farmer replied, “Honor, I am primitive. I don’t have a proper measure, but I do have a scale.”

The judge asked, “Then how do you weigh the butter?”

The farmer replied;

“Your Honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker.”

Moral of the story: In life, you get what you give. Don’t try and cheat others.

 

6. The Obstacle In Our Path (Opportunity)

The Obstacle in Our Path (Inspirational Short Stories)

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. He then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.

Many people loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

A peasant then came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King explaining that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

Moral of the story: Every obstacle we come across in life gives us an opportunity to improve our circumstances, and whilst the lazy complain, the others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity, and willingness to get things done.

 

5. The Butterfly (Struggles)

The Butterfly (Inspirational Short Stories)

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Until it suddenly stopped making any progress and looked like it was stuck.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, although it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man didn’t think anything of it and sat there waiting for the wings to enlarge to support the butterfly. But that didn’t happen. The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with tiny wings and a swollen body.

Despite the kind heart of the man, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small opening; were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings. To prepare itself for flying once it was out of the cocoon.

Moral of the story: Our struggles in life develop our strengths. Without struggles, we never grow and never get stronger, so it’s important for us to tackle challenges on our own, and not be relying on help from others.

 

4. Control Your Temper (Anger)

Control Your Temper (Inspirational Short Stories)

There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence.

On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence.

The boy gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased. He discovered it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence.

Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

“you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”

Moral of the story: Control your anger, and don’t say things to people in the heat of the moment, that you may later regret. Some things in life, you are unable to take back.

 

3. The Blind Girl (Change)

The Blind Girl (Inspirational Short Stories)

There was a blind girl who hated herself purely for the fact she was blind. The only person she didn’t hate was her loving boyfriend, as he was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry him.

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her – now she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”

The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying:

“Just take care of my eyes dear.”

Moral of the story: When our circumstances change, so does our mind. Some people may not be able to see the way things were before, and might not be able to appreciate them. There are many things to take away from this story, not just one.

This is one of the inspirational short stories that left me speechless.

 

2. Puppies for Sale (Understanding)

Puppies for Sale (Inspirational Short Stories)

A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: “Puppies For Sale.”

Signs like this always have a way of attracting young children, and to no surprise, a boy saw the sign and approached the owner; “How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” he asked.

The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30 to $50.”

The little boy pulled out some change from his pocket. “I have $2.37,” he said. “Can I please look at them?”

The shop owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his shop followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur.

One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?”

The shop owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited. “That is the puppy that I want to buy.”

The shop owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said;

“I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.”

The shop owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.”

To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the shop owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”

 

1. Box Full of Kisses (Love)

Box Full of Kisses (Inspirational Short Stories)

Some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.”

The man became embarrassed by his overreaction earlier, but his rage continue when he saw that the box was empty. He yelled at her; “Don’t you know, when you give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside?”

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and cried;

“Oh, Daddy, it’s not empty at all. I blew kisses into the box. They’re all for you, Daddy.”

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness.

Only a short time later, an accident took the life of the child.

Her father kept the gold box by his bed for many years and, whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

Moral of the story: Love is the most precious gift in the world.

 

Summary of the 10 Best Inspirational Stories

  1. Box Full of Kisses (Love)
  2. Puppies for Sale (Understanding)
  3. The Blind Girl (Change)
  4. Control Your Temper (Anger)
  5. The Butterfly (Struggles)
  6. The Obstacle in Our Path (Opportunity)
  7. A Pound of Butter (Honesty)
  8. The Group of Frogs (Encouragement)
  9. Thinking Out of the Box (Creative Thinking)
  10. The Elephant Rope (Belief)

Thanks for reading these inspirational short stories. Some of them left me speechless for a minute or two, and it really does make us think.

If you know of any other inspirational short stories that you think should be featured on the list, then let me know in the comments below or drop me an email and I’ll feature them in part two later on in the year.

Which are your favorite inspirational short stories? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan is a young ambitious guy who has been researching self-development for the past two years and is now off travelling the world. His mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up." Join Wealthy Gorilla on Facebook.

68 Comments

68 Comments

  1. shubee

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Am no softie but that last story titled Box Full of Kisses wet my eyes. Can’t really explain.

  2. Vivek Sivaramakrishnan

    Jun 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    2 and 4 made me too think out of the box!

    • Dan Western

      Jun 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Hey Vivek,

      Awesome, yeah completely agree! These short stories can have a powerful impact, right?

      Dan

      • ritika

        May 4, 2017 at 11:03 am

        yes..i agree with u..

      • lykah

        Dec 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm

        who is the authors of the story?

        • Dan Western

          Dec 14, 2017 at 8:58 am

          I honestly have no idea. These stories have been passed along over generations! I’m sure you might be able to find authors for some of them across the web.

          • Ajeta Gupta

            Jan 25, 2018 at 8:03 pm

            Pupoies For Sale – is by Dan Clerk , The Wuthering Stage and it is published in The Chicken Soup For The Soul, by Jack Canfield. I basically read this when I was younger, it made me compassionate.

  3. Ayesha

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    The story “Control your anger” heart touching , truth of life hidden in it. ..absolutely wonderful

    • Dan Western

      Jul 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Completely agree with you Ayesha!

  4. Stephen

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Must of the things you believe in always work for you

    • Dan Western

      Sep 20, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Amen brother!

  5. Vili

    Nov 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    who is the writer for the 2nd story??? PLEASE

  6. Dayna Nelson

    Dec 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    what is the theme of the short story “the blind girl” please if anyone has answers..

  7. Vijay

    Dec 25, 2016 at 6:35 am

    The Box Full Of Kisses
    Why the girl should be killed? Doesn’t she deserves to live longer? Damn it…

    • valerie

      Oct 11, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      so right

  8. Shakeela

    Feb 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Hello Dan Western brother,
    can you please post some motivational stories that could motivate the students who isolated at school?
    Thank you

    • Dan Western

      Feb 15, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Hey Shakeela, sure thing! I’ll try and find some more short stories to put up!

  9. kevin nguyen

    Feb 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    where do you find more stories like these?

    I practice public speaking and telling these stories could make for a powerful speech

    Thank you!

    • Dan Western

      Feb 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Hey Kevin! I’ll have browse on the web and try and create some more short story lists!

  10. jatin

    Mar 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Inspired

  11. hoorain noor

    Apr 8, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    SerioulY from these stories I learnt manY lessons….Inspired

  12. nayan shorma

    Apr 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    outstanding effort.. thank you for sharing

  13. Viral Nomaly

    May 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    They are the kind of love stories that you will love over and over again. Thank you for sharing this.

  14. Olango George

    May 14, 2017 at 9:02 am

    inspiring

  15. Jemmy Anderson

    May 24, 2017 at 5:48 am

    They were really good. Could you please make some more.

  16. David

    May 25, 2017 at 8:49 am

    These stories carries a great potency of light, to strengthen and illuminate one to act

  17. Vaibhav

    May 30, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Nice story…awsome

  18. deeshini

    Jun 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Comment:
    great pieces dan.
    ‘m inspired

  19. Neeraj

    Jul 3, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Thinking out of box nd obstacles in our way

  20. Remo

    Jul 10, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Awesome article thanks for inspiring us with ur small and inspirational short stories. Especially the elephant rope one…

  21. Amrita

    Jul 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Loved the article a lot.Some stories are really amazing and its worth reading.Thank you so much for posting this article.

  22. Raj

    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Each story has an unique point to take up but the Love made my eyes wet….
    I am writing book on belief need your reference for the same and support where I can mention your blog details

  23. MB

    Jul 22, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Elephant rope was really sad, I mean imagine a life that’s tied to a rope forever. And that thought of never being able to get free, so sad. But good story!

  24. Suraj Kadam

    Jul 24, 2017 at 3:53 am

    It’s an actual life problem.
    We stop trying and crying when things are not working.
    We should find the new way to do it. That’s what our failure means. 🙂
    NEVER GIVE UP

  25. John James

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Thank you for this Dan! This is such an awesome read. The last one reallyyyy got me.

  26. Gabber

    Jul 31, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Last one .. aahh i m still crying … N yeah love is most precious gift

  27. danny

    Aug 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    if frog is deaf how could they tell him the last part that ” are you not listening to us “

  28. Meena

    Aug 7, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    A Pound of Butter (Honesty) and Box Full of Kisses (Love)

  29. Abhisek

    Aug 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Hey Dan Western ..m really inspired by all stories..thnx frn..
    Could you just jot down some stories for morning assembly for little children for morning assmebly

  30. Rose

    Aug 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    “The Elephant Rope” This story really inspired me. Because my parents wanted me to follow them always. I feel like I can’t decide on my own. 🙁 But now, I am determine to follow the things that makes me feel happy.
    -All is well

    • kishorinath

      Oct 26, 2017 at 3:03 am

      my parents allow me to do anything that i want to do , but not bad things & I also do that … in this your parents are like to be bad or they are pgl ……………

  31. Suraj Das

    Sep 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Dear Dan Western, Hope you’re doing good.
    I would like to thank you for posting all these lovely and inspiring stories. The Box full of kisses had me crying. Loved it. Keep up the good work. God bless…

  32. Aravi

    Sep 26, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Nice to read those type of stories,Especially the last one made my eyes wet….

    Thank you so much.

  33. Sunitha.M

    Oct 5, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Hello, it’s hard to choose the favorite among them. Every story posted here has it’s own significance. Thank you for posting them, would request to share more such stories.

    Warm regards,
    Sunitha.M

  34. Jocelyn Miclat

    Oct 21, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Dear Dan Western,
    Thank you for sharing these stories… Yes, I have heard all of the 10 before and I’m happy to remember them from your site. I will be sharing them with others.

    Regards,
    Joncyn A.

  35. jason nevil santhmayor

    Oct 23, 2017 at 8:22 am

    the last one, cant control my tears

  36. Mohana Krishna

    Nov 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Your stories are very inspirational and motivational Dan
    Keep it up
    MOHANA KRISHNA

  37. Arbaaz Hussain

    Dec 13, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    These stories are just fab!! hey writer! ur doing a great job

  38. Grace Wat

    Dec 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    There is a story that I know which is about saying unkind words. It is like squeezing toothpaste out of its tube and trying to get it back in again. Better of if you never said or did anything in the first place.

  39. Raj Mahur

    Dec 19, 2017 at 10:49 am

    All these stories are awesome. Most touching were “Box full of kisses” and the Puppies for sale. Great Job

  40. nirbhay sharma

    Dec 24, 2017 at 1:46 am

    The blind girl. Touched my heart deeply.

  41. Sanath Wanni Arachchige

    Jan 8, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    All of them are good. I will share them on my Facebook and on my website.

    Sanath

  42. Debolina

    Jan 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Beautiful compilation. Loved the story Puppies for sale (understanding) & of course Box full of kisses (love) the most!

  43. Vishnu jangir

    Jan 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I am also speech less at this story

  44. Shweta

    Jan 18, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Nice collection of inspirational stories! The story “obstacle in your path” is very true even in today’s world. Every obstacle is an opportunity. We should utilize these obstacles and turn them into opportunities with our hard work.

  45. mash

    Jan 18, 2018 at 11:29 am

    seriously very motivating and encouraging for me….

  46. Monika

    Jan 28, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Hey Don ! All the stories knocked the socks off me ! I loved the frogs one !! Will read that story everyday till I go deaf on the discouragement this world throws at me and will keep trying till I jump out of my well too !
    Thanks for that one .

    Please let more coming in ??

    And I can tell you “I will not give up on life because of you”

  47. Anithraj R

    Feb 4, 2018 at 2:45 am

    All stories are very inspiring.
    The Butterfly Story was good

  48. jivansutra

    Feb 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Hey Dan, Great story. collection of all of Your stories is more than motivationl. i’ll share it on my facebook wall, so others can get inspiration from them.

  49. Ayna Tamton

    Apr 17, 2018 at 2:53 am

    of course the puppies for sale story. person who understands you is the lack of the hour and if you find such a person you are blessed

  50. Khawar Hashmat

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Box Full of kisses was very emotional, being a father of a beautiful daughter, I was off.
    Every story was remarkably good.
    Thanks.

  51. Meenakshi

    May 2, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Very inspiring stories…all stories have moral dimensions which tell us that nothing is impossible. If we face some difficulties in life, we should always find a solution rather than give up on God. We all are very blessed to have such a beautiful life.

  52. Michael Ketcham

    May 14, 2018 at 12:54 am

    This is one you might like!

    A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

    Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

    In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She then pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

    Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”

    “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

    She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

    The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, Mother?”

    Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity — boiling water — but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

    “Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

    Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity? Do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

    Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

    Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor of your life. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level?

    How do you handle adversity? Are you changed by your surroundings or do you bring life, and flavor to them?

  53. Bilal Ahmad shah

    May 14, 2018 at 8:34 am

    BOX full of kisses(love)….
    is most awesome story I have ever red..
    even I have even red All stories over there ….
    last one stories had a fab moral
    LOVE is precious gift in the world..

  54. arya

    Jun 19, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    the story about the elephant rope is very good

  55. Anu

    Jun 21, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    4th one which I striked more . It is really inspiring because I am Part of it and I really wish to be myself happy without anger. thank u dan

  56. Richa jain

    Jun 21, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    All stories left a very good message..But control ur anger is really inspiring..

  57. Benji

    Jul 20, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Thinking out of the box is my favorite… Wow…

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In truth, all that time squandered adds up. What could you do to improve your life and emotional well-being if you devoted just one hour a day to it?

 

How to Improve Your Life In 1 Hour

Here are just a few of the most brilliant ways you can improve your life in one hour, and take advantage of the lunchtime break.

 

1. Meditate

From Paul McCartney to Oprah Winfrey, some of the most successful names in the showbiz industry swear by meditation for its stress-reducing and levelling effect. Best of all, it can take very little time to do.

Here’s how you can fit it into your workday:

If you’re lucky enough to have your own office, close the door or find a quiet place such as the park or an unused rec room. From a seated position – ideally, on the floor with your legs crossed – rest your arms on your knees and keep a straight back.

Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathing by taking a big breath in through your nose, slowly pulling the air upwards from the abdomen for as long as you can.

Then, release the breath through your mouth in a slow, controlled way, until you have completely emptied the air out of your lungs. Repeat for 5-10 minutes. The goal of this focus on the breath is to distract your mind from stressful thoughts and worries bouncing around in your head- by the time you finish the exercise, you should feel able to think more clearly.

 

2. Ignore Your Social Media Feeds

In defence of squandered hours, Oscar Wilde once said:

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

While you might normally use your lunch hour to glance through news stories, Instagram, Facebook feeds and group chats, consider putting a lunchtime ban on mindless scrolling.

Instead of glazing over at your phone screen every day, mix things up by finding a way to engage with the environment around you: consider starting a conversation with someone new, draw something or start reading a new book.

You’ll be much more aware of what happened in your lunch hour rather than merely letting the time slip past uneventfully.

 

3. Start A Project or Blog

If you’re feeling somewhat proactive, consider starting a blog project.

Blogging is a relatively low-maintenance pastime which as well as giving you a place to open up, can increase confidence and help you achieve goals- particularly if you are blogging about a personal journey such as parenthood, weight loss or body-building.

Treat yourself to a personalized domain name; there are plenty to choose from, they’re cheap to run, and give your blog more integrity and a sense of ownership. Once you’ve started, enjoy exchanging ideas and inspiration with a like-minded online community that will spur you on in pursuit of your goals.

 

4. Reach Out to Someone

We always assume we’ll have tomorrow to do what we could have done today, and making the time to catch up with someone or reply to an email is usually one of these tasks.

If you have just one hour, phoning a family member, messaging an old friend – or even making peace with an ex – can do wonders for your mental well-being.

A familiar voice will push those work-related anxieties to the back of your mind by reminding you about what really matters in life, so pick up the phone and prepare to feel a weight lifted off.

 

5. Take A Bite Out of a Big Task

The question is, “How do you eat an elephant in one go?”

You don’t. The answer of course, is to approach the task in stages.

Begin something you’ve been putting off with the expectation that you are not going to finish it. This mindset immediately takes the pressure off and allows you to think pragmatically about what your first moves will be.

Chances are, if you dedicate yourself to a project or task for just one hour, you will get in to it enough to keep going once things get underway and achieve a lot more than you thought you would. Wouldn’t that be a satisfying achievement for one little lunch hour?

 

6. Make A Worthwhile Purchase

Aside from ordering a lumbar support cushion from Amazon, booking a mini break or a holiday could be the smartest purchase you ever made. Travel is good for the soul, so instead of just thinking about it, actually commit yourself to that trip of a lifetime.

Whether travelling alone or with a friend/partner – the more spur of the moment, the better!

Browsing through a website such as holidaypirates.com can be a solid starting point – they independently source and report on budget breaks for people who have no specific agenda on when or where they want to go- a good place for inspiration if you’re not sure where to start.

 

7. Revamp your Résumé

Even if you’re not job hunting, taking an hour to update your CV and Linked In accounts is a smart move throughout your professional career to ensure you’re not a position of playing catch up later on.

Updating your résumé forces you to take stock of your core skills and abilities, which can bolster confidence and highlight the areas where you may need to expand your know-how or undertake additional training in order to be proficient in the necessary skills which will land you that dream job.

 

Review your To-Do

Lists are a great way to help you focus on the things needing urgently addresses in your life, but to avoid getting overwhelmed by a list of To-Dos and ‘should have done’s’, by taking stock of your week past and using this a the basis for reasonable objectives for the week ahead.

Secure the likelihood of achieving these targets by syncing your To-Do goals with your phone and computer calendars, or invest in a task management app to really harness your inner planning powerhouse.

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Top 45 Self-Improvement Blogs For Men 2018

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Top 45 Self Improvement Blogs For Men

Wealthy Gorilla’s top blogs are back for 2018!

This year, we have our new entry to our collections of top blogs to follow, and that’s the best self-improvement blogs for men.

This isn’t something we’ve covered in previous years; however for the 55% of our audience who are male, we thought that showcasing a list of the top self-improvement blogs specifically designed for men, would be a great idea.

We’ve scoured the web, and tracked down what we believe to be the 45 best self-improvement blogs for men to be reading. These blogs are perfect for guys looking improve their lives in every area, including productivity, mindset, success, dating, sex, style, you name it.

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Top 45 Self-Improvement Blogs For Men

Without further ado, is the complete list of the best self-improvement blogs for men. These haven’t been ranked in any particular order, so don’t forget the blogs towards the bottom of the list.

They’re all filled with useful information and advice!

 

1. Good Men Project

Founded by Tom Matlack – The Good Men Project is one of the leading self-improvement blogs specifically for men. There’s so much wonderful info for men to improve their lives, you have to see it for yourself.

 

2. MenProvement

Founded by Sean Russell – MenProvement has an awesome collection of articles to help any man become the best version of themselves. Their podcast and academy are also rapidly evolving. The site now receives over a million views per month.

 

3. Daily Manliness

Founded by Unknown – Daily Manliness has some solid content on all kinds of areas that would interest guys: Dating, technology, lifestyle, sports etc. They also feature some unusual, yet bad-ass quote collection you definitely need to check out.

Do you know the founder of Daily Manliness? Get in contact with us so we can add them to the article.

 

4. Mode

Founded by Unknown – Mode is a platform curates stories/articles from around the web. It’s not just a platform for men, but they have an awesome category that helps guys to improve their life.

Do you know the founder of Mode? Get in contact with us so we can add them to the article.

 

5. Return of Kings

Founded by Daryush Valizadeh – Return of Kings is another awesome self-improvement blog for men, and it offers great tips and stories on masculinity and male culture. Definitely a great blog for any man to follow.

 

6. Order of Man

Founded by Ryan Michler – I follow Ryan on Facebook, and love some of the stuff he’s featuring on Order of Man. Check out their latest articles on self-improvement, and don’t forget to listen to the podcast!

 

7. How to Beast

Founded by David De Las Morenas – How to Beast targets the fitness aspect of self-improvement for men. His blog has two main areas of specialty. How to get jacked, and how to get confident.

 

8. Charisma on Command

Founded by Charlie Houpert – Charisma on Command is designed to help guys achieve more confidence and charisma in their lives, therefore improving their overall happiness and success. Charlie coaches people on doing just that, and currently lives in Las Vegas.

 

9. Strength by Sonny

Founded by Sonny Arvado – Strength by Sonny is another self-improvement blog that doesn’t specifically target just men. There is some great content for people of any gender. The general advice is geared towards improving your mindset and your social skills, bodybuilding advice, business advice and dating advice.

 

10. FitMole

Founded by Keith Lai – FitMole contains some awesome fitness advice to help men transform their bodies and get in shape. There’s also some other ‘cool shit’ thrown in here and there.

 

11. Art of Manliness

Founded by Brett McKay – I love the retro theme of Art of Manliness. It really gives the blog that masculinity, and you can pretty much learn awesome new info in all areas to help you become a true man.

 

12. Alpha Male Lifestyle

Founded by Unknown – Alpha Male Lifestyle contains some great guides on becoming more attractive to women, and mastering your dating and sex life. They also have some great tips on style, grooming, and other lifestyle topics.

 

13. Attract Get Women

Founded by Unknown – Attract Get Women is an awesome resource for advice on sex, dating and becoming more attractive. This is definitely another of the top self-improvement blogs for men.

Do you know the founder? Contact us so we can add their name to the list.

 

14. Compassionate Man

Founded by Nick Coughlin – Compassionate Man is an online magazine that features everything guys love. Not just advice on self-improvement, but also on hobbies, sports and such.

 

15. Aspiring Gentleman

Founded by Jason Batansky – Aspiring Gentleman is geared towards entertainment, travel, style and tech. The ultimate hub for any enthusiastic man.

 

16. The Quintessential Man

Founded by Andrian Red – The Quintessential man has some awesome self-improvement, and social life advice for men. Go over to their site and download their list of the 30 most influential books for men.

 

17. The Modest Man

Founded by Brock McGoff – If you’re looking for advice on style and fashion, head on over to The Modest Man to see what they have for you. Style still classes as self-improvement, and this deserves to be a top self-improvement blog for men.

 

18. Illimitable Men

Founded by Unknown – The illimitable man says: “this blog allows me to help wayward souls and direct them toward the path to greatness. If I can share what I’ve learned in my life’s journey to assist some of my fellow-men, why not?”

 

19. Man Thesis

Founded by Unknown – Man Thesis provides some very interesting points on being able to seduce and attract beautiful women. You can check out their eBook for more seduction secrets.

Do you know the founder of this blog? Let us know!

 

20. Effortless Gent

Founded by Barron Cuadro – Effortless Gent is another of the top self-improvement blogs for men, that specifically focuses on improving your look and personal style. Definitely another one to follow for style advice.

 

21. Good Looking Loser

Founded by Christopher Deoudes – What was most interesting about Good Looking Loser, was Chris’ story. Whether he knows that or not is another thing, but it’s worth a read.

 

22. The Minimalists

Founded by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus – The minimalists focuses on exactly what you’d think. Learning how live life more simply.

 

23. Bulletproof Exec

Founded by Dave Asprey – You may have heard of Bulletproof coffee. Well they also have an excellent self-improvement blog for both men and women. Definitely check out the blog, and the coffee if you haven’t done so already.

 

24. GQ

Founded by Bernard Miller – GQ is the long-time, world-famous website targeted towards men. Every sbject men would love to hear about, it’s in there. I’m sure your familiar with the magazine, and may even read it regularly.

 

25. Day Game

Founded by Yad Bar – Day Game teaches averages guys to be able to talk to and seduce beautiful girls. Yad backs up his statements, and the homepage even includes a few awesome video clips.

 

26. Mantelligence

Founded by Kyle Boureston – Mantelligence is another blog 100% specifically for men, that also features a women’s perspective, to strengthen the overall advice given. They also offer regular giveaways, which is always a good thing to get in on.

 

27. Man of Many

Founded by Frank Arthur & Scott Purcell – Man of Many is a men’s lifestyle and fashion blog, with a bunch of other cool stuff thrown in there. Some great reads for any man.

 

28. Ape to Gentleman

Founded by Unknown – Ape to Gentleman is an excellent grooming and fashion blog for men. There’s a lot of different product reviews featured on the blog, usually in the grooming section such as colognes, and sometimes within entertainment such as headphones.

 

29. Man Packs

Founded by Ken Johnson & Andrew Draper – Man Packs puts together different selections of grooming products for men, into various packages. Give them as gifts, buy them for yourself, Man Packs knows what’s best.

 

30. Nick Notas

Founded by Nick Notas – Nick is a dating coach, and offers great services to help men become a lot more confident with women and themselves in general. His blog has some great advice you should checkout.

 

31. David Wygant

Founded by David Wygant – David offers great dating advice, not just for men, but also for women. He’s been seen on MTV, Millionaire Matchmaker, Huffington Post, Fox and more! Check out his blog for more info.

 

32. Samuel Thomas Davies

Founded by Sam Thomas Davies – Sam scouts the leading edge of the human sciences for what’s new, surprising, and important in life and business. Then he reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs so you too can achieve greatness.

 

33. Tripp Advice

Founded by Tripp Kramer – Tripp’s latest article is about picking up Asian women when you don’t speak the same language. Having just spent 7 months in Asia, naturally I loved the article! Check out his blog for more awesome stuff like this.

 

34. Real Christian McQueen

Founded by Christian McQueen – The opening line on Christian’s blog: “A man’s guide to a better life.” You can’t help but follow a blog when that’s the number one aim. Christian also offers coaching for men looking to improve their lives.

 

35. MSI College

Founded by Unknown – I love MSI College. There’s so much great content, self improvement, success, and being great with women. Head on over to learn more. They’ve got a little something for everyone.

 

36. Love Life Solved

Founded by Julian Reisinger – What’s great about Love Life Solved is that the content also comes from a women’s perspective, as Julian’s partner Kristina also runs the blog with him.

 

37. Men’s Health

Founded by Mark Bricklin – We’re all familiar with Men’s Health. It’s one of the most popular Men’s magazines, and helps men improve their health and their bodies.

 

38. Doctor Nerd Love

Founded by Harris O’Malley – Dr. NerdLove dispenses love, sex and life advice for geeks, otaku, dweebs, poozers, nerds and the occasional neo-maxie-zoom-dweebie. Making geeks sexier since 2011.

 

39. Paul McGregor

Founded by Paul McGregor – His blog is geared towards helping men become the best version of themselves. There’s some top notch advice to help you excel in your career, improve your mindset, and improve yourself in general.

 

40. Real Men Real Style

Founded by Antonio Centeno – Real Men Real Style has some incredible content on becoming more stylish. There’s articles, resources, download, courses. Everything you need to become a stylish man.

 

41. Urban Beardsman

Founded by Eric Bandholz – Urban Beardsman is a style blog for men. If you currently have a beard or are looking to grow one, you might want to check out this site for some tips and help on the subject.

 

42. Seduction Science

Founded by Jesse Charger – Seduction Science is a pickup blog, with awesome advice being able to seduce beautiful women, and become better at sex and dating in general.

 

43. Anabolic Men

Founded by Ali Kuoppala & Christopher Walker – Anabolic men is such a cool resource for men who are looking to improve their fitness and boost testosterone levels. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, get involved.

 

44. Peak Testosterone

Founded by Lee Myer – Peak Testosterone is a blog that targets men’s health, and covers a range of articles within the health niche, particularly on testosterone. For any guy looking to learn more about testosterone, this is another great self-improvement blog to check out.

 

45. Masculine Intent

Founded by Chris Bale – Masculine intent is last but not least on this list of top blogs for men. I’ve been following Chris on Facebook for a while now, and I love the transparent way in which he gives advice.

 

In Conclusion

That concludes this incredible collection of the top self-improvement blogs for men. If you’re a guy who’s looking to improve his life in any of the following areas, then you need to definitely check these blogs out.

  • Style
  • Mindset
  • Success
  • Dating
  • Success
  • Confidence
  • Grooming

Thanks for checking out the list guys, and if your blog has been featured, don’t forget to share the achievement with your followers on social media.

Do you have a favorite men’s self-improvement blog? Leave a comment below.

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30 Positive Thinking Quotes to Overcome Negativity

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30 Positive Thinking Quotes to Help Overcome Negativity

Today, in the world that we live in, there are a lot more people thinking negatively than there are thinking positively.

It’s sad really, that so many people are depressed with their lives; most of them because they just can’t quite see how great their lives would actually be if they changed their attitude and the way they think.

I’ve compiled a list of 30 positive thinking quotes, which you should definitely read to destroy and overcome negativity within you. It amazing how much of an affect quotes can have on someone’s mindset.

 

30 Positive Thinking Quotes

It may only take 1 of these positive thinking quotes to completely change your attitude about things. Only 1. But I can’t tell you which one that may be.

Sometimes certain words speak to certain people. Enjoy:

 

1. “Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou

2. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  Thomas Edison

3. “We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” – Robin Sharma

4. “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali

5. “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” – W. Clement Stone

6. “The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.” – Unknown

7. “Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” – Michael Landon

8. “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” – Dr. Wayne W Dyer

9. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

10th of 30 Positive Thinking Quotes

“Minds are like flowers, they only open when the time is right.” – Stephen Richards

 

11. “Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.” – Joseph Sugarman

12. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

13. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” – Oprah Winfrey

14. “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” – Mary Tyler Moore

15. “The next time you feel slightly uncomfortable with the pressure in your life, remember no pressure, no diamonds. Pressure is a part of success.” – Eric Thomas

16. “All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller

17. “Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit, and the choice is yours.” – Tom Hopkins

18. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

19. “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain

20. “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx

 

21st of 30 Positive Thinking Quotes

21. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl

 

22. “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” – Joel Osteen

23. “If someone tells you, “You can’t” they really mean, “I can’t.” – Sean Stephenson

24. “If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.” – Guy Finley

25. “The past has no power over the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

26. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

27. “The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.” – Robert H Schuller

28. “I am thankful for all those who said no to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein

29. “Always think extra hard before crossing over to a bad side, if you were weak enough to cross over, you may not be strong enough to cross back!” – Victoria Addino

30. “You will evolve past certain people. Let yourself.” – Mandy Hale

 

Summary

I hope you enjoyed these 30 positive thinking quotes. Please don’t forget to share them with your friends and family by dropping them an email or sharing on Facebook, Twitter etc. Especially if you think today is a day that they will need to see these.

Stay positive!

Which were your favorite positive thinking quotes? Leave a comment below.

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