I’m going to explain 30 stories of self-improvement and motivation to inspire you and increase your desire to achieve difficult goals or overcome difficulties. Among them are the examples of Nick Vujicic, Stephen Hawking, Malala Yousafzai or Lizzie Velázquez.
In life there are certain times when it is difficult to move forward. Situations in which we need a push to be able to face the problems and not fall into the attempt. However, there are people who have gone through these circumstances who live to tell the world their experiences and thus be able to help others. List of self-improvement cases that inspire1- Nick Vujicic, the man who always risesSource: HectorDupont [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
Possibly Nick Vujicic’s motivation story is the most famous in the world. He dedicates himself to giving talks, which can be viewed on Youtube. Without views exceed millions of visits.
In his presentations, Vujicic appears in the first instance, and then lies on the ground. What do you do next? Leave those present stunned, as he is able to get up without the help of his limbs.
With this he tries to make us understand that everything is possible and that we should never give up in life. If he has been able, anyone can do it.2- Stephen Hawking, the sick geniusSource: Jim Campbell/Aero-News Network [Public domain]
Who doesn’t know the story of one of the smartest men in the world? This physicist was diagnosed with ALS when he was just 20 years old.
The doctor did not predict many more years of life. But, despite this, he would get married, continue to investigate, and live his life in the most normal way possible.
Today he is 74 years old, several best sellers on physics published and is considered one of the brightest minds around the globe.
In addition, if you want to know more about the life of this scientist you can not miss the film “The Theory of Everything”, focused on his life and illness.3- Oscar Pistorius, the runner without legsSource: Elvar Pálsson from Iceland. [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
Regardless of his problems with justice, his value in terms of sports is totally commendable.
Oscar Pistorius saw how the young people of his school ran in competitions, something that aroused his envy, since at only 11 months his legs had been amputated having his teeth born without a fibula. That was a serious problem.
The solution came with carbon prostheses. His effort led him to win a silver in the 4×400 relay at the Daegu World Championships.
The peak of her sporting career came when she managed to compete in an Olympic Games for the first time.4- Malala Yousafzai, the human rights defenderSource: DFID – UK Department for International Development [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, Malala Yousafzai suffered two years earlier a terrorist attack in which she was shot a total of three times. Incredibly, the 17-year-old managed to survive after touching death and undergoing several important life-and-death operations.
Today she is a well-known fighter for human rights, dedicating herself especially to the equality of women and the problems that involve her country, Pakistan. To do this, she appears in different television programs in addition to carrying an important blog known worldwide.5- Lizzie Velásquez, the most feisty woman in the worldSource: Larry D. Moore [CC BY-SA 4.0(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
Lizzie was born with several rare diseases. This caused his face and body to appear deteriorated. The problem arose one day when she went on Youtube and did a search on “the ugliest woman in the world.” The surprise she got was not at all satisfactory when she realized that she was the one who appeared in the video.
Despite this, and like Vuijicic, he decided to turn his life around, and pull ahead. Today his talks are an ode to effort and to live despite the adversities that have touched you.
It has a personal Youtube channel where you can benefit from Lizzie’s experiences and learn about her day to day.6- Bethany Hamilton, the surfer without fear
This surfer used to frequent the beaches of Hawaii until one day, and at the young age of 13, a tiger shark tore off his left arm completely on the coast of Kauai.
What did Hamilton do? Continue surfing as if nothing had happened, defying his fear to achieve his dream: to become a professional surfer.
To this day, Bethany Hamilton is 25 years old and I can say that she is one of the best surfers in the world.7- Narayanan Krishnan, the village chef
Krishnan is a renowned chef of a 5-star hotel. His skill as a chef does not sow doubts, as does his quality as a person.
He wakes up every day at four in the morning, cooks, takes his van with his team and drives to the city of Madurai in India to feed people who can’t afford to eat every day.
The cook feeds about 400 people a day and was selected by CNN as one of the 10 greatest heroes of the year 2010.8- Derek Redmond, the athlete who never gave up
A man of success, Derek Redmon is an English athlete who had won it all: gold in the European Sttutgart of ’86, in the Commonwealth Games of ’86 in Edinburgh, and in the world championship in Tokyo of ’91.
Already in the Olympic Games of Barcelona of 92, and postulating as one of the favorites to win the gold, he was injured in the semifinals, when, between strong pains he decided to finish the last lap limping. Seeing him, his father came down to help him finish the race together.
9- Soichiro Honda, the challenging entrepreneurSource: Financial industry research company, unknown photographer [Public domain]
Soichiro Honda went to Toyota to conduct a job interview to fill a vacancy. Apparently, his profile did not make the company very funny and they decided that Soichiro was not the right one for the position.
What did he do? Create a company that would compete with Toyota, to which he gave his surname.10- Thomas Edison, the scientist who always learnedSource: J.M. White & Co., photographer. [Public domain]
Nothing more representative than the famous phrase of Thomas Alva Edison. After creating one of the greatest inventions in history, he came to an incredible conclusion from which he said: “I have not failed, I have only discovered 999 ways not to make a light bulb.”
Impressive motivational life lesson from one of the greatest thinking minds in history.11- The Beatles, the starred groupSource: Boer, Poppe of [CC0]
In ’62, a group of young men with long hair and bangs came with high hopes to London for Decca studios.
Days ago, Mike Smith, a musical talent scout had heard them at one of his concerts at the famous The Cavern. Those who were there, claimed that their sound was the most mediocre that could be found.
The answer was Smith’s rejection, something he would surely regret a few years later… 12- Elvis Presley, the king
Again, and as with The Beatles, surely the manager would have his hands to his head if he had known the success of the Mississippi artist.13- Charles Chaplin, the tireless comedianSource: by Hulton Archive/Getty Images
If you’ve ever seen a Charles Chaplin movie, you’ll know that its humor is unconventional.
That’s what some executives thought when they saw him perform. Their idea did not suit them and they thought that their way of working was “twisted” and that it would not reach too many people. His denial was resounding.
Faced with this, the actor kept trying until he received the opportunity that would lead him to become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood history.14- Bobby Charlton, the footballer who survivedSource: DFID – UK Department for International Development [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
Mythical figure of English football. His story is unconventional, and it’s sure to surprise you. Charlton’s manchester united were returning in 1958 from a European Cup match when the plane they were travelling on crashed.