Top 10 Evergreen Motivational & Inspiring Short Stories

Short motivational stories powerful reads; The best thing about them is that there is always a moral and inspiration in the end. here I show you true and real life inspirational stories that help you succeed in your life.
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In your life, you have to have some inspiration. If you are a student or working somewhere then you must have people who can motivate & inspire you.

I have written 10 such motivational stories of real people who can inspire you to do something in your life.

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10 Evergreen Motivational & Inspiring Short Stories

Even if you have read their stories, I highly recommend you to read these motivational stories once again & I am sure you will feel a new kind of energy in you.

Here are they

1. Dhirubhai Ambani

Dhirubhai-ambani

My first inspiration is Dhirubhai Ambani. One of the famous and richest Indian businessmen who is an inspiration for everyone.

Dhirubhai was born in Gujarat on December 28, 1932. His father was a school teacher. He started his business career by selling snacks to pilgrims over the weekends.

After he completed his matriculation, he moved to Aden, Yemen. He was just 16, and he worked as a gas station attendant and as a clerk in an oil company.

In 1958 he came back to India with Rs 50,000 and went on to start a textile trading company.

His two sons Mukesh and Anil helped him in building India's largest private sector company called Reliance India Limited. At that time, his core business was petrochemicals and later on diversified into telecommunications, energy, retail, textiles, etc.

In 1992, reliance became the first private company to raise money in the global markets. Reliance was included in the Forbes 500 list. Dhirubhai Ambani died in the year 2002, leaving his entire company on the shoulders of his two sons.

Today reliance is worth more than $50 billion company combining a wealth of two sons.

Dhiru Bhai is a true inspiration for all of us because he started from a very humble background.

2. Govind Jaiswal

Govind-Jaiswal

My second motivational story is about a simple man who is not known to the general public. No one knows about them because he is not a celebrity or a guy who is good looking.

His name is Govind Jaiswal. He ranked 48 among 474 successful candidates in the first attempt at civil service exam. His dream of becoming an IAS officer has come true.

Govind is just 24 years old, the son of a rickshaw puller who hails from Varanasi. He lived in a poor locality with no basic facilities. He studied with cotton stuffed in his ears to lessen the noise printing machines and generators going inside his years.

His sick father has to sell a small plot of land to give Govind Rs 40,000/- so that he could go to Delhi and study there in a better environment.

After hard work of years and years, he finally succeeded and his dream of becoming an IAS officer came true. He gave this news to his father and three sisters, and they burst into tears.

The happiness on their face cannot be expressed in words.

Govind Jaiswal, son of a rickshaw puller, became an IAS officer, is an evergreen inspirational story. Students who are looking for Sarkari Naukri must inspire by this man.

3. Rajesh Saraiya

Rajesh-Saraiya

Rajesh Saraiya is the first Dalit billionaire. He comes from an underprivileged background.

He was born in a middle class family in Dehradun. He completed his aeronautical engineering at a Russian university.

Now he lives in Ukraine and runs a multibillion dollar company called SteelMont Pvt Ltd.

Today the turnover of his company is around Rs 200 Crore. Although Rajesh Saraiya came from a middle class family but he is an inspiration for people coming from the Dalit background.

He is the only Dalit with over $1 Billion in his fortune. If he can make it, then even you can make it too.

He said, “People have to change from inside. They have to change their ideology, their mentality and look around the world for what is happening. There are so many opportunities,”

4. Kiran Bedi

Kiran-Bedi

The fourth inspirational story is about Kiran Bedi. She is now quite a celebrity and we all know about her.

Kiran Bedi was the first Indian woman to join the Indian Police Services. She was born on June 9, 1949 at Amritsar.

What we like about her that she put her best to serve the society.

She started her career in the year 1970 as a lecturer in Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar. After working for two years, she joined Indian Police Service (IPS) and she took many challenging tasks.

Once she dragged the car of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi due to a traffic violation.

She also established two voluntary organizations to improve the condition of drug addicts and underprivileged children.

She was awarded with Serge Soitiroff Memorial award by United Nations.

Kiran Bedi is a true inspiration for every man and woman in this country.

5. Satya Nadella

Satya-Nadella

My fifth motivational story is about Satya Nadella. If you want to make it big, then you must inspire by this man.

Satya is right now CEO of Microsoft. Satya Nadella was born in Hyderabad, India. His father was an IAS officer and he attended Hyderabad Public School.

Then he completed his BE in electronics and telecommunications from Manipal Institute of Technology in 1987. He also received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

In the year 2013, the yearly salary of Satya Nadella was around $8 million.

He loves playing cricket and reading poetry. Satya has inspired a lot of Indians to reach such a high position. He now lives in USA with his wife and three children.

If you want to do big in the corporate world then Satya Nadella is your inspiration.

6. K Jayaganesh

K-Jayaganesh

K Jayaganesh is yet another story like Govind Jaiswal. I wanted to include his story because it is really motivational.

Every guy who wants to be an IAS or IPS officer must read his story to get inspired.

Jayaganesh comes from a poor background. He completed his BE and did menial jobs like working as a waiter or dishwasher.

However, he never gave up on the dream of becoming an IAS officer. His father was a supervisor in a factory with a monthly salary of Rs 4500/- only.

Up to 8th standard, he studied in the village school; after 10th standard, he joined polytechnic college and got 91 percent to get admission in Government College.

Then he joined Thanthai Periyar Government Engineering College to study mechanical engineering. After the college he got a job of Rs 2500/- in Bangalore.

He resigned from all his jobs and decided to become an IAS officer. Then he failed his exams in the first two attempts. He also failed in the third attempt. All this because he had no idea about the UPSC exams.

Later he passed the fourth attempt, but he could not clear the interview because his English was not that good.

So he started all over again; he tried the fifth time and he failed again. Now he joined a private firm to teach sociology to people preparing for UPSC.

The sixth time he cleared preliminary and main, but bad luck continues and he failed in the interview.

Now it was the last chance for Jayaganesh to become an IAS officer. He cleared his mains and the only problem was the interview.

This time he cleared and he was ranked 156th among 700 candidates.

Now that is the motivational story. He failed six times and at last, he cleared all his exams and finally became an IAS officer.

Also Read:How to Crack UPSC Exams to Become an IAS Officer

7. A R Rehman

A-R-Rehman

We all know about A R Rehman and he is needs no introduction.

A R Rehman's father was also a music composer. His father died when he was just 9 years old.

His family has to rent out all musical instruments as a source of income.

He started his career in the year 1991 and got his first break when Mani Ratnam offered him to compose music for his film called Roja for Rs 25,000/- only.

The music was blockbuster and he never looked back. During the course of his career, he composed music for many great films like Dil Se, Taal, Rang De Basanti, etc.

He also got Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire.

A R Rehman is true inspiration for people who want to excel in the field of music.

8. Kalpana Saroj

Kalpana-Saroj

Kalpana Saroj a poor woman from a Dalit background now worth more than $100 million.

A true and amazing story that will inspire you to do something in your life.

At the age of 12, Kalpana was forced into a marriage with a man 10 years older than her. She escaped the marriage and came to Mumbai when she was just 16.

She worked 18 hours a day and expanded her business as a seamstress. She undertook Kamani Tubes, a metal company in huge debt.

Saroj turned the company around and made the company a $100 Million grant.

She inspired many Indians who are poor to make it big. She is one of the most successful woman entrepreneurs in the country.

9. P T Usha

PT-Usha

P T Usha is also an inspiration for others who want to do something big in their lives.

She was born on June 27 1964. Nick named as Payyoli Express she was called the queen of Indian Track and Field.

Usha won 101 medals so far and became first Indian woman to reach finals in Los Angles Olympics. She was employed as an officer in the Southern Railways.

She was also conferred with Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.

In early life she was infected by ill health but she never gave up and showed signs of becoming an athlete.

She grabbed many medals in Asian Games.

P T Usha inspires woman lots to do something in their life.

10. Sudha Chandran

Sudha-Chandran

My last but not the least motivational story is about a woman who is handicapped but still excelled in her field.

Sudha was born on September 21, 1964 and she is an accomplished dancer and actress.

So what makes her so special?

In year 1981 when she was travelling from Mumbai she met an accident. The driver of the car died immediately and she injured her leg.

Her leg was plastered but after two weeks doctors found out that gangrene has formed. Her leg was amputated and that was toughest period of her life.

But she never gave up and she received invitations from all over the world.

Apart from being accomplished dancer she also a great actress. You might have seen her on many TV serials.

Sudha never allowed her disability to come in her way. She is a true inspiration that with one leg she can do anything.

I hope these 10 motivational stories will inspire you to do something in your life. Wish you a good luck for your future.

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  1. You are right,these peoples are real inspirations.The story of Dhirubhai Ambani,Rajesh Saraiya and Kalpana Saroj felt like more inspirations because i like to do business and i i believe i can also create stories likes them.thank u for these inspirational stories.

  2. Really inspiring. But here success is not measured by amount of money they have earned or rank they possess. Instead of hearing to the world or fearing for critics, they didn’t leave their passion. They walked on their own path with determination instead following someone crooked lines.

  3. Never give up is the mantara for success..
    K Jayaganesh did it.

    Thanks Prya for inspiring stories.

  4. this is too good inspiration for me .every one is worthy and can start their life with self confidence and hard work

  5. really gud inspiration stories madam…i like them so much….i want to get more money but i have no pc r laptap bit i have mobile….pls give an idea to get money without any investment

  6. So nice, very interesting, very beautiful short stories to inspire people.

    Thanks a lot
    May god bless you.
    Usha

  7. Hi, Priya,

    Every information is real and no one elso know about the gowind jaiswal… Thanks for giving good informations… Kindly tagged me if you post any short stories…

  8. All the stories are very inspirational. Youngters should follow them. Thanks to Priya for sharing it with me.

  9. i like all personalities, they are all most inspired me a lot of lot. thank you so much miss. priya to give opportunity to remember all personalities stories and i have a innovative thoughts from this stories.

  10. Dear Priya madam,

    Very very nice all motivational stories, in fact i am in search of such motivational stories. thank you once again.

  11. Dear Priya,

    Thanks a lot for these short but impressive and inspiring stories. I feel you should have included some social workers like Baba Amte and his son Dr Prakash Amte whose complete family has devotted their life for upliftment of poor Kushtha Rogi people by staying with them for their good health, giving them jobs suitable to their skills for lifting up their standard of living. There are many othersinspiring stories like Savitribai Fule who worked for others progress by educating ladies. Any way your attempt was good and many will get inspiration from these stories to fight till their goal is achieved.

  12. Thanks Mam,

    Its really inspirational and Motivational story.
    This give me energy to do some better thing rather than Good one.

  13. Priya madam,
    You article is very motivational for youngsters who want to strive in their life. Aritcle is really good with people of present generation who have achieved a lot in their life due to hard work. inspite of disability and poor background. It has been beautifully elabrated to give sufficient information to the readers and easy to understand, Wonderful presentation. Corrrect decisions must be taken at the right time to avoid all types of hesitations later. Thanks-a-lot for valuable advise.
    Best wishes and Thank you
    with regards
    Roberts

  14. Hi priya,
    They all are a great inspired humans.and stores also meant a lot for me.many people don’t know that failure the first step to success.
    Hope I also start my future from a small step and in present be a success full like them.

  15. Thanks for such inspirational stories…. which made me motivated and inspired for addressing to new opportunities..

  16. Dear Priya,

    As instructed by you I have already share work from home in Facebook, Twitter,& Linkdin. after this send the email. but nothing has come(Sing up) after facebook login. I am looking for online job. I need your help.

    Regards,
    Ditipriya

  17. thank u so much ms. priya …. for giving a very useful and inspirational stories about powerful nd hard working persons … u can also send to my mail u have it any useful information… like this .. once again im admire you dear!!!!

  18. These motivational stories re-emphasis my belief that if there is a will there are ways.

  19. They are real gems of modern India,. Successful people always carry two thing on their face SMILE AND SILENCE. Smile of solve problems and Silence to prevent problems.

  20. Hi Mdm,
    Very inspiring role models, worth learning from and Thanks for circulating these truly insipring stories of all different distinguished people through which one can derive a lot of motivation that will help an individual to excel in his particular field.
    Now we are into Real estates in Mumbai, and we are wondering will this idea work.

  21. Hi priya,
    All the stories are inspiring and heart touching stories. Thanks for these stories it motivate me. I’m a housewife persuing gradutation . after reading all the stories it gives to me motivation to do hard work. once again thanku…:)

  22. hi Priya,

    thanks for tagging and also please tag me in the future.

    Really Inspiring Thanks allot.

    Thanks
    I.Meeran

  23. Hi Mdm,
    Very inspiring role models.Thanks for circulating these truly insipring stories of all different distinguished people through which one can derive a lot of motivation that will help an individual to excel in his particular field.
    Now we are into Real estates in Mumbai, and we are wondering will this idea work.

  24. Hi Priya,
    after reading your inspiration story, i must say, i am also ispired. and i need of that all inspirations. so, thanks

  25. Mrs. Priya,
    The stories are really mean a lot. These are really inspirational, but everyone goes back anticipating some problem or the other. Some will have inferiority complex. This will make them to fail. Many people don’t understand that the failure is the first step of success & it is not a draw back. When failure comes, think of an alternative instead of going backwards. Every successful man has crossed many failures & barriers. Otherwise none would have become so much successful.

    Another example is Mr. Subhash Chandra of Zee TV. He was initially looking after a floor mill & then went to Delhi & did many unconcerned things & finally founded Zee TV.

    Failure comes only because of the mistakes done. Correct them & redo it. Don’t give up. ..

  26. Yes, mam ji, these are stories are inspirational and young people need to take advantage to learn these type of stories. Everybody can start there future with a small work. it is motivational story, thanks

  27. Hi Priya madam,
    I am shubha from melkote.I completed my engineering in the field of computer science and engineering.I am not handicapped but I have eye problem….After reading all inspiring stories really I feel happy….thank you ….

  28. I was so inspired this real stories.I will became an successful women ,but i don’t no idea what i do.

    After 12th i was married.My own house in katraj,my mr. have I.T.I -Fitter .After marriage some moths gone s

    so lovely but my husband not beleave me .He beats me by any reason ..10 years i will spend my husband.

    but he dont understand me so i take my 2 child & went my fathers house..Then i complete A.N.M course after

    15 years & i was in distinction.Ihave complete mscit,ms-office,tally but i no satisfy this job so i get admission of B.A.After gratuation i complete MBA in-Hospital Magt &Administration.

    I want my child have good education & became a good person in his/her life.

    plz sent ur comment &encourage me.

    1. u faced many sorrows in your early age..just wash it from your mind and work hard for your children’s future..let them to do anything in their own wishes. if they are reasonable and acceptable,show your support to them to choose happily..will pray for your children’s future..

  29. i got tears in my eyes when i studied the stories of jaiganesh and govind..they got succeeced even they don’t have any fiancial support.i am trying to get success in banking career..hereafter surely i will put lot of effort to my dream become true.. thanks priya.. they are really very inspirational stories to people like me…

  30. Thanks for such inspirational stories…. which made me motivated and inspired for addressing to new opportunities..

  31. Dear Priya

    Good Motivational stories. good way to inspire people to work hard for success.
    ” HARD WORK IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS”

    Wish you all the best
    regards
    Ajay Balan

  32. WHello, madam im karnan from madurai, tamilnadu im studied upto 6th std I need some good income. I tried Mlm concept Tlc. But it was failure. Now im working as labour in shop my monthly income 6ooo below for me not havr laptop or computer. I can do online job?please help me n explain how to work? I’m really interest in.

  33. One who has a Goal and never gives up in adverse situations but works hard to achieve that goal is a winner. KAMYABI DARD KI KOKH SE PAIDA HOTI HAI (satish Pandit)

  34. All Stories have really inspired one self. The best one i about K. Jayaganesh inspired from the story of Spider who was climbing walls and was falling down again and again, but never let down hope and
    at last climbed the wall

  35. i like your motivational stories plse tell me something extraordinary because i really impressed u..n now i also looking for a great chance…

  36. really These are very short but inspirational.awesome , we love it.I shared among about 100 person.really they love it very much.

  37. Thanku Ms.Priya,because today i learn some new things,i get little bit of motivation from u and your 10 Real but Short Inspirational Stories.Thanku.

  38. I found these stories really inspiring. There will be a breaking point in every one’s life. We should not lose patience and strive hard till we achieve it .

  39. one may differ about nthe selection there. one point nabout dhirubhai ambani. his was the first company 9 i say this because my knowledge of stock market is limited) who threw open the investment market to middle classes, and made it worthwhile for them.
    bonus issues, rights , whatever.
    and the stock prices appreciated.
    if memory serves right, one of the agms was held in wankhede stadium.
    have my reservations on kiran bedi .
    coming from the backwoods myself, the success stories of the dalits there is inspiring.
    i am not a dalit , i am a human being period.
    i should not be saying this, but even you could be the source of inspiration for several homemakers. your perseverance is admirable.
    pl keep it up.

  40. Every information is real and no one elso know about the gowind jaiswal… Thanks for giving good informations… Kindly tagged me if you post any short stories…

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