Personal Growth

Turning tragedy into triumph, dreams into reality. These are the stories we tell about everyday people like you who find success, fulfillment and happiness through spiritual growth and self-improvement. Our real life stories show that personal change comes from your courage, persistence and enthusiasm as well as from God’s grace.

Read on and be uplifted and motivated by stories of individuals who are positively transformed by events and life challenges. You’ll be inspired to change too!

Recent Personal Growth Stories

Just keep pitching those fast balls. In other words, show up, take risks, and success will follow.

by Anne Simpkinson

Walter, age 18, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

A young man almost gives up on his dream of going to college, only to find success in an unexpected way.

by Walter Jaskiewicz
, Miller Place, New York

Guatemala, Yellowstone, and a surprising spot in D.C.

by Alina Larson

It struck me what a stirring personal growth movie this was...with love, guilt and redemption all thrown in to the pot.

by Anne Simpkinson

Marni and Tula changed their lives

How a diabetic dog and her loving owner realized they needed to undergo a journey of personal growth.

by Marni Rader
, Sherman Oaks, California

How this baseball player found his faith

How Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge's journey of personal growth helped him find the faith to win again.

by Brad Lidge
, Englewood, Colorado

The bride-to-be and her grandma

The happiness one mom felt at the news of her daughter's engagement turns to panic when she realizes she needs advice on how to be the mother of the bride!

by Kathryn Slattery


Need a little self-improvement? These tips will help you get motivated and keep you on track!

by Anne Simpkinson

Personal growth: Diet was self-improvement and lifesaver for her nephew

She was overweight and needed a little self-improvement. Then her nephew needed an organ donor...

by Brunella Gualerzi
, Grand Junction, Colorado

A mom on a mission: to achieve success and happiness

A journey of personal growth for one single mom leads her down paths she never expected, to the happiness she always wanted.

by Dennise Sellers
, Syracuse, New York

Inspiring stories in Israel

A Guideposts editor finds faith and spiritual growth in every nook and cranny of the Holy Land.

by Adam Hunter
, Associate Editor

Find self-improvement with home office organizing tips

Surprising lessons from an extreme home office makeover expert that brought a sense of self-improvement to a working mom.

by Alina Larson


Happiness with husband on a cattle ranch

An inspiring story of personal growth, following your heart and finding true love.

by Ree Drummond
, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Here are some sites to help you reach your greatest potential, find happiness and live a healthy life!

by Anne Simpkinson

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