For centuries, people have been being motivated by stories that are told by the campfire or even passed down from generation to generation. There are many different types of motivational stories; some are old and tried and true, while others are new to the story telling world but still hold just as much impact for the listener. There are stories that motivate children, ones that motivate adults, and even holiday stories that inspire us but bring a tear to the eye also.
Just like inspirational movies, motivational stories have an impact that can’t be denied. Children are dreamers by nature so motivating them with stories is easier than motivating adults. They believe in fantasy more than we do and are easily persuaded. Some of the best stories to motivate children are talked about below and explained just a little.
“Dare to Dream: 25 Extraordinary Lives” is intended for readers from 9-12 years of age and encourages children to follow their dreams the same way that Albert Einstein and other famous inventors followed theirs so many years ago.
“Listen to the Wind” is intended for children from 4-8 years of age and tells the story of someone getting lost while climbing the world’s second tallest mountain. In the end, he is told to listen to the wind and achieves his goal inspiring children to reach for the sky, as all dreams are possible an attainable.
Another set of motivational stories that inspire us at the most important time of year are Christmas stories. Stories like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and Dickens “A Christmas Carol” instill the values of giving with a selfless heart. Some of the most motivational stories of all time are Christmas stories based on giving, love for your fellow man and goodwill towards others.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” tells the story of the Grinch who had a heart that was “two sizes to small” and hated Christmas and Whoville with a passion because it was something he couldn’t understand. When he stole Christmas and the town kept celebrating the Grinch’s heart melted and he quickly learned that Christmas didn’t “come from a store.” This story has melted the hearts of many a Grinch and is the perfect motivational story for kids of all ages.
“The Gift of the Magi” is a personal favorite and a truly motivational story for all ages. It is a simple story of love that knows no bounds and giving that knows no end. A young couple shows true Christmas spirit when each sells the thing that means the most to them to buy the other a Christmas gift. The story shows that love is the foundation of Christmas not the presents that go with it.