Are you feeling down today? Don’t worry, a dose of 15 inspiring stories can change that. The world is filled with stories that teach you to never give up and build your self confidence. Here it is, a list of 15 inspiring stories to make you believe in yourself even more, and to remind you that you can do it. Yes you can!

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud was laughed at when he presented his ideas to a scientific community in Europe. He got back to his desk and starting writing.

Henry Ford

Henry Ford failed and got broke in business three times before he succeeded.

Michael Caine

Michael Caine‘s headmaster once told him, “you will be a laborer all your life”.

Van Gogh

Van Gogh only sold a single painting in his entire life, for 400 francs to a sister’s friend. However, he didn’t stop painting 800 other works of art.

JK Rowling

J.K Rowling was broke, living in poverty for quite a while before she thought of Harry Potter while on a train from Manchester to London.

Abraham Lincoln lost in 8 elections and failed in 2 businesses. But that didn’t stop him from becoming the 16th President of the USA.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin‘s father told him that he was an ordinary boy and wouldn’t do anything substantial in life.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar played cricket for twenty years until he won his first World Cup in 2011.

Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner was a homeless man, living on the streets, in the worst poverty has to offer, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a millionaire through his investment firm.

Colonel Sanders

Colonel Sanders retired at 65, and used to get $105 monthly pension paychecks. With nothing left for him ahead, he did have something, a chicken recipe. So he decided to sell his chicken recipe to restaurent owners. 1008 restaurent owners rejected his call, but the 1009th said “yes”. The rest is history.


Beethoven‘s teachers and peers thought his music skills were a complete nonsense. However, his father realised his talent and gave him music classes, but with time, Beethoven lost his hearing. However, it didn’t stop Beethoven from composing his four greatest works, yes, while he was deaf.

Chris Reeve

Christopher Reeve, the original Superman, was left paralyzed when he fell from his horse. He put that in his past and started living again and till his death, raised millions of dollars for stem cell research. Now isn’t that a real Superman.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan didn’t make his school’s basketball team. He went home, closed his door and cried. But that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the greatest sporting icons of all time and definitely the greatest basketball player of all time.

MK Gandhi

M.K Gandhi was called a “half naked fakir” by Winston Churchill, thrown off a train in South Africa and mistreated multiple times during his life time. He went on to become one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was asked to leave Apple by the Board of Directors, from the company he created. Then, he brought his favorite employees from Apple and together, they built NeXt. By the end of the 20th century, NeXt bought Apple and Steve became CEO. As Apple entered the 21st Century, Steve was known as one of the greatest pioneers of all time, impacting the four different industries, music, animation, personal computer and mobile.

Conclusion: Never give up.

About Ali Gajani

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