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These Stories Teach Great Lessons

Everyone gets a little bit down sometimes. If you’re feeling down at the moment, rather than searching the internet for cat pictures or drowning your sorrows by reading some junk, check out these 6 motivational short stories. They will help to pull you from your slump, make you smile again, and hopefully inspire you.

1. Everyone Has a Story in Life


A 24-year-old man looking out of a train window shouted, “Dad, look the trees are going behind!” The dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the young man’s behavior with pity,

Suddenly, the young man exclaimed, “Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The young couple couldn’t resist and said to the dad, “Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The old man smiled and said, “I did and we are just coming back from the hospital. My son has been blind since birth and he just got his eyes today.”

Moral of the story: Every single person on this planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you in the end.

2. Colonel Sanders – Kentucky Fried Chicken


Once there was an old man, who was broke, living in a small house and driving a beat-up car. He was living off $99 social security checks. When he hit 65, he decided that things had to change. So, he sat down and thought about what he had to offer the world. His friends always talked about his chicken recipe, so he decided that this was his best bet at making a change.

He left Kentucky and traveled around America to try to sell his recipe. He told restaurant owners that he had a mouth-watering chicken recipe. He offered the recipe to them for free, in exchange for a small percentage of the returns. Sounds like a good deal, right?

Well, not to most of the restaurant owners. He was declined over 1,000 times. However, despite these rejections, he never gave up. He knew his chicken recipe was something special. After the 1009th rejection, he got his first yes.

With this one success, Colonel Hartland Sanders changed the way Americans eat chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC, was born.

Moral of the story: Never give up and always believe in yourself in spite of rejection.

3. Value


A popular speaker started off a seminar by holding up a $50 bill. A crowd of 200 people had gathered to hear him speak. He asked, “Who would like this $50 bill?” All 200 hands went up.

He said, “I’m going to give this $50 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the bill up.

He then asked if anyone still wanted it and all 200 hands shot up again.

“Well, what if I do this?” he replied. He then dropped the bill on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes. He picked it up and showed the crowd. The bill was all crumpled and dirty.

“Now who still wants it?” All the hands still went up.

“My friends, I have just showed you a very important lesson. No matter what I did to this money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still $50. Many times in our lives, life crumples us and grinds us into the dirt. We make poor decisions or have to deal with unfortunate circumstances. We feel completely worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you’ll never lose your value. Don’t you ever forget that!”

4. A Very Special Bank Account


Imagine that you had a bank account that deposited $86,400 each morning. The account carries over no balance from day to day, does not allow you to keep a cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever you failed to spend during the day. What would you do? Draw out every single dollar each day?

We all actually have such a bank. Its name is Time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night, it writes off, as lost, whatever time that you failed to use wisely. It carries over no balance from day to day. It allows no overdraft so you cannot borrow against yourself or use more time than you have. Each day, the account starts anew. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s your loss and you cannot get it back.

Time management is yours to decide how you spend your time, just as with money you decide how you spend it. It’s never the case of us not having enough time to do things, but the case of whether we want to do them and where they fall in our priorities.

5. The Right Place


A mother and baby camel were lying under a tree. The baby camel asked its mother, “Why do we have humps?”

The mother camel took a moment to consider this and said, “We are desert animals so we have the humps to store fat so we can survive with very little food.”

The baby camel thought for a moment and then said, “Okay…why are our legs long and our feet rounded?

The mother camel replied, “They are meant for walking in the desert.”

The baby paused, and then asked, “Why are our eyelashes long? Sometimes they get in my way…”

The mama camel responded, “Those long, thick eyelashes protect your eyes from the desert sand when it blows in the wind.”

The baby thought and thought. Then he said, “I see. So the hump stores fat when we are in the desert, the legs are for walking through the desert and these eyelashes protect our eyes from the desert…so how come we’re in a zoo?”

Moral of the story: Skills and abilities are only useful if you’re in the right place at the right time. Otherwise, they go to waste.

6. The Dean Schooled Them


One night four college students stayed out late, partying and having a great time. They paid no mind to the test that they had the next day and did not study. In the morning, they hatched a plan to get out of taking the test.

They covered themselves with dirt and grease and went to the Dean’s office. Once there, they said that they had been to a wedding the previous night and on the way back they got a flat tire and had to push the car back to campus.

The dean listened to their tale of woe and thought. He offered them a retest three days later. They thanked him and accepted his offer.

When the test day arrived, they went to the Dean. The dean put them all in separate rooms for the test. They were fine with this since they had all studied hard. Then they saw that the test had only two questions.

1. Your name (1 point)

2. Which tire burst? (99 points)

Moral of the story: Always be responsible and make wise decisions.

Source: livin3


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