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Real Life Inspirational Stories (Book 3)

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If you are a person who struggles in life with facing problems, setbacks and don’t find the right motivation to do things the way you wanted to be, also you have tried everything that gives you the motivation but doesn’t last long then you need to ask yourself one question.

Are you giving up on your dreams of your life?

Your positive answer depends on how motivated you are. The biggest problem for everyone is to stay motivated all the time and get what they want. When you start living in fear and being the victim of what life gives you, the frustration starts to make you to give up on everything, the aspiration that you seek in life seems impossible most of the times.

Ignoring this problem only make it worse and put you at risk of living an ordinary and suffered life. Your dreams will never become true.

I know how you feel but I found a way out and I can show you how to overcome this. I went through very tough situations in my life, I was homeless, broke and frightened. Getting the right Motivation was never easy, but I found a way to deal with it and get what I want.

Just look at the results of what I have generated for myself. I have been able to do the things that I would not have imagined. Today, I have a successful life, because I am doing what I always wanted to do. I like to inspire other people and help them to approach their dreams. I am motivational speaker and writer.

I have written motivational books, also speaks at schools and events as a motivational speaker. After reading my books and listening to my speeches others have responded that their life is now much more meaningful.

Imagine what it will feel like to live your dream. Every day you able to do what you love. Stay motivated and strong in tough times. Isn’t it great?

Here’s what you get from me is a gold mine of inspiration. I have written some amazing motivational books like this one. Staying motivated is your goal and it is served and I promise that these books will become your source of inspiration.

This is the Third book from the series Real Life Inspirational Stories where you will find inspirational stories of famous people like Alexander Graham Bell, Andrew Carnegie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Babe Ruth, Benjamin Franklin, Bruno Mars, Carmen Electra, Charlie Chaplin, Christina Applegate, Colonel Sanders, Emily Blunt, Eric Thomas, Fred Astaire, George Orwell, Harrison Ford, Henry Ford, Indira Gandhi, J. K. Rowling, Jack London, Jay-Z, Jessica Alba, Karl Marx, Leo Tolstoy, Ludwig van Beethoven, Marie Curie, Mark Cuban, Michelle Yeoh, Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Pele, Rabindranath Tagore, Rosa Parks, Stan Smith, Stephenie Meyer, Susan Boyle, Tyler Perry, Walt Disney, Will Smith, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Wright Brothers.

What are you waiting for? Go and get your copy to start reading these amazing inspirational stories.


Real Life Inspirational Stories

Alexander Graham Bell

Andrew Carnegie

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Babe Ruth

Benjamin Franklin

Bruno Mars

Carmen Electra

Charlie Chaplin

Christina Applegate

Colonel Sanders

Emily Blunt

Eric Thomas

Fred Astaire

George Orwell

Harrison Ford

Henry Ford

Indira Gandhi

J. K. Rowling

Jack London


Jessica Alba

Karl Marx

Leo Tolstoy

Ludwig van Beethoven

Marie Curie

Mark Cuban

Michelle Yeoh

Nelson Mandela

Oprah Winfrey


Rabindranath Tagore

Rosa Parks

Stan Smith

Stephenie Meyer

Susan Boyle

Tyler Perry

Walt Disney

Will Smith

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wright Brothers


Alexander Graham Bell

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with - a man is what he makes of himself.”

We all know Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of Telephone. He was a scientist born on 3rd March, 1847 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He died on 2nd August, 1922 after serving the world well with his knowledge and talent as a scientist.

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

He was born in a family of 3 boys but his two brothers died from tuberculosis. His grandfather and father were great scientists and this is what influenced young Graham. His mother was nearly deaf but skilled in beautiful paintings. She is the one who encouraged Graham to face challenges. He was a mediocre student, but he was shown uncommon ability to solve problems. He made a machine removing husks of the grain, just at the age of 12.

At the age of 16, he became fully in charge of his father’s work in London. After going to Canada in 1870, he started a workshop to continue his study on human voice. In 1871, he began to work on a device on telegraph transmission. He was backed up by local investors for his majestic work. He worked with determination day and night until his experiments succeeded. He made harmonic telegraph and a voice transmitting device.

After inventing telephone, he established a telephone company, as he needed to stand up alone. He got married to Mable Hubbard on 11th July, 1877. He then travelled to Europe to demonstrate his new invention, telephone. There were lots of challenges to Bell and his company, the company is said to have encountered over 500 court challenges for the ownership and patent of telephone. But it was always win by the Bell Company. Despite these challenges, Bell Company grew fast. In 1886, 11 years after the establishment of the Company, there were around 150,000 telephone owners in US which showered the improvement of Bell.

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men.”

Bell was not a business minded person. He started Volta laboratory in 1880 and worked for the benefit of deaf people. He established American Association to teach speaking methods to the deaf in 1890. Bell then focused on making flying devices; he started it with a tetrahedral kite. He formed Aerial Experiment Association with few people and they made first powered flying machine called Silver Dart. Bell first made transcontinental phone call in 1915. He died peacefully on 2nd August, 1922 in Canada where entire telephone system stopped for a minute to tribute him.


Andrew Carnegie

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”

Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.”

Andrew Carnegie was born on 25th November 1835, he is known for the steel empire he built in the United States and the philanthropy acts. Most remarkable about his life is that he started from a poor Scottish boy, became a multimillionaire at the turn of the 20th century and donated around 90% of his wealth to various foundations and charities.

You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he is willing to climb a little himself.”

Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland and lived in a one roomed house which the family shared with another family. In 1848, when he was just 13, his father moved the family to Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States. At 13 he got his first job in a cotton mill, changing thread spools. Two years later he was working as a telegraph messenger, and three years after that he started working for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as a telegraph operator/secretary.

1953 was the year things started to look up for Carnegie (18) who invested the money his mother got by putting a mortgage on their house ($500) in railroad industry and related industries (iron, bridges, etc.). He kept reinvesting the money he made in the railroad industry, including investment in sleeping carts which were new things at the time. In 1864 Carnnegie became a millionaire by investing in an oil farm.

Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.”

The first man gets the oyster; the second man gets the shell.”

Carnegie, a man of family, chose not to marry while his mother had fallen ill and preferred to take care of her. After her death in 1886 Carnegie got married and started forging his steel empire. By 1889 he was the owner of the largest steel operation ever owned by a single person and he supplied the largest part of the U.S. steel need. In 1901 he sold his empire for $480 million and started devoting his entire time to philanthropy until his death in 1919, at the age of 83.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”

Born on the 30th of July 1947, Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is best known as an actor and also as a producer, a politician, an activist and a philanthropist, a writer, a businessman as well as a professional body builder. Arnold was born in Austria and was also part of the Austrian army until 1965.

The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.”

Arnold moved to the US in 1968 and is also considered to be one of the most well-known immigrants to have entered the US. Arnold is also an active investor and has invested quite a lot of money in bonds, stocks, real estate and private companies all over the world. While it is difficult to estimate his net worth, based on his tax filings in 2006, it is estimated that his net worth could be as high as $800 million.

Schwarzenegger always dreamt of moving to the US and did so at the age of 21, at a time when he knew little English. Arnold had won the prestigious Mr. Universe title at the age of 20 and it allowed him to enter the US. While it is disputed that Arnold could be considered to be an illegal immigrant, there is no denying the fact that he is one of the most important people to have done so and he is also one of the biggest action movie stars with a number of successful movies and fans all over the globe.

The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.”

For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”

Arnold had to overcome his hefty Austrian accent and had to struggle for a few years in the US. Arnold made a number of attempts before successfully bagging the Mr. Olympia title and he was the youngest person to have done so at the age of 23. After this, Arnold launched into movies and went on to be a part of a number of major hits. Arnold is also a Republican and has been the governor of California. While his life has been ridden with a number of blocks, Arnold has always managed to overcome them.


Babe Ruth

I hear the cheers when they roared and the jeers when they echoed.”

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”

Popularly known as the Sultan of Swat and the Bambino, George Herman Babe Ruth Junior was an American baseball player, a pitcher and an outfielder. He was born on 6th of February, 1895 and died on 16th of August, 1948. Babe Ruth is famous for having spent a 22 year career in Major League Baseball from 1914 to 1935. Babe Ruth has established a number of records in MLB pitching as well as batting. The National Baseball Hall of Fame saw him as one of the first five players to be inducted.

I've never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I've heard plenty of boos after a strikeout.”

Babe Ruth is known to have had a difficult childhood. Babe has himself recalled that he rarely attended the school he was supposed to, and he instead would drink beer on the streets. His activities were deemed incorrigible and he was sent to the St. Mary’s Industrial School, a reformatory and orphanage school.

At his time in the school, Ruth became a carpenter, a shirt maker and also began playing baseball for the school. Ruth’s skills in baseball shone through and he was soon playing around 200 games a year. St. Mary’s School also had a wide variety of other influences on Babe and this is a prime reason behind him being a staunch Catholic throughout his life. Even after he became a huge star,

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.”

Babe was a humble person, who would mend the collars of his own shirt rather than visiting a tailor. He would also pay a number of visits to orphanages, schools and hospitals throughout the course of his life while avoiding publicity as far as possible. Ruth even donated a lot of money to charity after he became a star. Ruth retired from MLB at the end of the season of 1937. It was in 1946 that he was diagnosed with cancer in the neck and the base of the skull. While treatment continued over the next couple of years, Ruth passed away to the disease in 1948.


Benjamin Franklin

Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.”

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.”

One of the foremost founding fathers of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, a scientist, an activist, a politician, an author as well as a diplomat. Benjamin Franklin was born on the 17th of January, 1706 and passed away on the 17th of April, 1790. He is also known to be the First American, and he is well known for being a spokesperson and an author.

The sleeping fox catches no poultry.”

Benjamin had his roots in the working class and he was always proud of this fact. His life has had great importance to America and he is known as a very important person with a number of political and scientific achievements. He has received homage by being featured on coins, paper bills, the names of many banks, towns and counties and is referred to in all types of books and references all over the world.

Benjamin Franklin as a child had little privileges and did not have enough money to even attend school and graduate. He managed to continue and finish his education on his own through voracious and tireless reading. He first started working at his elder brother’s print firm at the age of 12 and by the age of 15, Benjamin had founded an independent newspaper, the New England Courant.

Take time for all things; great haste makes great waste.”

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.”

Benjamin ran away to Philadelphia at the age of 17 and worked both at print firms and libraries. He also founded the Junto, which was an organization of artists and traders who were like minded and who were looking to improve themselves while improving the community as well. He also founded the Library Company of Philadelphia, the first of its kind. Benjamin later on in his life went on to become a very successful inventor and scientist and he is most well known for having discovered electricity. Benjamin was a republican who also went on to have a number of political achievements. Franklin suffered from Gout and obesity and finally lost his life to a pleuritic lung attack at the age of 84.


Bruno Mars

Don’t be a slut. Remember your dream. Do your music and keep it special.”

The world has never seen another Bruno Mars. Please let that be the headline.”

Peter Gene Hernandez, who is professionally known as Bruno Mars, was born on, October 8, 1985, aged 29, in Honolulu,Hawaii, U.S.He is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, voice actor, and choreographer; he has performed in various musical venues in his hometown, throughout his childhood. Mars is well known for his stage performances andretroshowmanship. His band, The Hooligans, apart from playing variety of instruments, such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums and horns, also serves as dancers and background singers. Mars, on stage, is able to sing, dance and play a wide range of musical styles, includingR&B,reggae, and funkmusic.

As proud as I am ofDoo-WopsI feel like, ‘Oh, man. People haven’t seen nothing. They don’t even know what I’m about to do,’ and that’s what I can’t wait to show the world.”

Bruno’s success in Hawaii was partly due to people knowing his family act, but when he moved to Los Angeles it became not only difficult but impossible for Bruno to step in to the spotlight as a singer. This was the most frustrating time that Bruno had to spend! Soon enough he understood that he had to find his way to the top of the pyramid, some other way. Undefeated by his failures he stepped in to the art of song writing and soon things took a turn for the better when Bruno wrote award winning songs for a number of well-known writers.

Mars initially was identified as a solo artist, after performing his vocals to the songs "Nothing on You" byB.O.B, and "Billionaire" byTravie McCoy, which were worldwide successes in 2010.His second album,Unorthodox Jukebox, was released in 2012, peaked at number one in the United States, along with the ten songs which made the final cut of the title lead single, "Locked out of Heaven". He is influenced by, Elvis Presley, Michael JacksonandLittle Richard mainly from his childhood. In high school, he began listening to classic rock groups such as“The Police,Led Zeppelin, andBeatles” and observed that “It's not easy to create songs with that mixture of rock and soul and hip-hop, and there are only a handful of them”.

You can't knock on opportunity's door and not be ready.”

I don't like two stories. I like one story. I never grew up with stairs. I like to stick to what I know.”

Bruno Mars has bagged numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including twoGrammy Awards, twoBrit Awardsand threeMTV Europe Music Awards.It was found that Mars is the only musician who has made songs with the features of piano and vocals to the Top Hot 100.

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