Motivational Stories

Motivational stories stay with you, coming to mind when you are faced with a challenge. Stories that motivate are stories that show you the way toward success, improvement, happiness, and connection. Turn to motivating stories whenever you need a boost on your life journey.

Ben Napier behind the wheel dressed in a Santa suit and sunglasses.

How Ben Napier Spreads Christmas Cheer

The co-host of HGTV's Home Town explains how he finds holiday magic every day, even in the summer.

Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado

Take Max Lucado's Happiness Challenge

The best-selling author and pastor shows us how to create happier moments in our life.

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Prayer Shawls Comfort Grieving Military Families

Volunteers knit and crochet for the loved ones of fallen soldiers.

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Legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury

Guideposts Classics: Ray Bradbury on Celebrating God's Gifts

In this story from June 1991, the science fiction author shares how an encounter with a sideshow performer convinced him to embrace the gifts God had given him: A passion and a talent for writing.

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Author and motivational speaker Trent Shelton

Trent Shelton: How Failure Inspired Him to Find a New Purpose

When he didn't achieve his NFL dreams, he had to forge a new path to success and contentment—helping others in the process.

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Author and motivational speaker Trent Shelton

August 2019 Cover Star Trent Shelton Greets Guideposts Readers

Author and motivational speaker Trent Shelton shares his story in the August 2019 issue of Guideposts. Watch our exclusive video interview with him!

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Author and motivational speaker Trent Shelton

Trent Shelton on the Secret to True Wellness

In this series of videos, the former NFL player, motivational speaker and author of The Greatest You gets real about his faith, his failures and how he tapped both to discover his life's purpose. 

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Why a Veteran and His Remarkable Dog Traveled Across the Country

Why a Veteran and His Remarkable Dog Traveled Across the Country

When his dog was diagnosed with cancer, Rob Kugler left his life behind for an epic road trip.

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How to reach your goals

Don’t Let Limitations Define You

How to push yourself to rise above barriers and experience the power of possibilities.

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Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado

Max Lucado on 'How Happiness Happens'

The best-selling author and pastor shares tips from his book about creating joy in your day-to-day life.

Left: Helen Keller, Middle: Anne Frank, Right: Eleanor Roosevelt

6 Women Who Inspire Us Today

Author Therese Borchard highlights some of history’s most inspirational women and their great lessons

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5 Most Inspiring Oscar Speeches of All Time Inspiration entertainment

5 of the Most Inspiring Oscar Speeches of All Time

The most stirring and uplifting speeches in Academy Award history.

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Champion marathon runner Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi: Lessons Learned from a Life Spent Running Marathons

In our exclusive video, long-distance runner Meb Keflezighi talks about what he's learned from competing in 26 marathons.

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Chef José Andrés is creating a food network to help federal workers in need

Chef José Andrés Helps Feed Federal Workers

The popular chef is again creating a food network to help those in need

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