Top 10 Motivational Stories For Students To Work Hard

Top 10 Motivational Stories for students, who will have a drive from inside to learn new things and explore new ideas while some others look into successful people around them and get self-motivated to learn hard.

However, this is not the case for all students and many of them will need immense motivation and inspiration from teachers and parents to work hard.

Stories are always a favorite area for students that invoke their love and interest. This is one of the reasons why teachers use this as a tool to motivate them in many areas.

This includes many common folk stories with a good moral at the end, real-life examples of successful persons and simple stories of normal people who have been part of their life journey.

Here we can have a look at a few motivational stories that help students to work hard and lay their foundation for a successful life.

1. The Elephant Rope

 A man was walking nearby to a group of elephants that was halted by a small rope tied to their front leg. He was amazed by the fact that the huge elephants are not even making an attempt to break the rope and set themselves free.

Top 10 Motivational Stories For Students To Work Hard

He saw an elephant trainer standing beside them and he expressed his puzzled state of mind. The trainer said “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them.

As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

Moral: It is the false belief of the elephants that denied their freedom for a lifetime. Likewise, many people are not trying to work towards success in their life just because they failed once before. So keep on trying and don’t get tied up with some false beliefs about failure.

2. Kentucky Fried Chicken

The real-life story of Colonel Harland Sanders who was disappointed umpteen times in his life and still made his dream come true late in his life is really inspiring.

He is a seventh-grade dropped out who tried many ventures in life but tasted bitter every time. He started selling chicken at the age of 40 but his dream of a restaurant was turned down many times due to conflicts and wars.

Later he attempted to franchise his restaurant. His recipe got rejected 1,009 times before the final approval. And soon the secret recipe, “Kentucky Fried Chicken” became a huge hit worldwide. KFC was expanded globally and the company was sold for 2 million dollars and his face is still celebrated in the logos.

Moral: Have you stopped your attempts at a venture just because you were rejected or failed a few times? Can you even accept a failure of 1009 times? This story inspires everyone to try hard and believe in themselves until they see success despite how many times they have failed.

3. Shark Bait

A marine biologist put a shark into a big tank at the time of a research experiment. Followed by that, he released some tiny bait fish into it.

As expected, the shark didn’t wait to attack those fishes and ate them. Later, clear fiberglass was inserted into the tank which partitioned the tank into two and the shark remained on one side.

A similar set of bait fish was sent to the other side of the tank as before. And the shark attempted to attack those fishes but failed by hitting on the fiberglass.

The shark attempted for several days until it gave up. Later, the biologist removed the glass from the tank but the shark didn’t try to attack the small fish.

The shark always continues to see a false barrier in the tank and stopped his attempts.

Moral: It is quite common for many people to give up after many setbacks and failures. The story is an example of keep trying always and never giving up despite multiple failures.

4. Thinking Out of the Box

Once upon a time, a merchant named Sam owed a huge sum of money to Tom, a money lender. The time came when the merchant ran out of the last chance given to him to give the money back.

Sam had a beautiful daughter who was very affectionate with her father. Tom asked the merchant to give all the money back failing that he will marry his beautiful daughter.

Tom was not at all good-looking and ill-minded and so the merchant was in dilemma. Tom proposed a new condition. There was a mix of black and white pebbles on the ground where they were standing. He will take two pebbles in both hands, one will be white and the other will be black.

If the daughter correctly chooses the white pebble, then Tom will write off all the debt and leave the marriage proposal too. But if she chooses the black pebble, he will write off the debt but will marry the daughter.

Tom bent down to pick the pebbles from the ground and the daughter noticed that he took black pebbles in both hands. The girl had three choices- to notify the same to her father which may provoke Tom, take the black pebble and sacrifice her life or simply refuse to take the pebble which might land her father into trouble. But what she did totally surprise Tom.

She took the pebble from his hand and ‘accidentally’ the pebble fell off from her hand to the ground. She then asked Tom to see which color pebble was left in his hand to identify the color she picked. Tom had no other choice but to show the black color pebble in his hand and set both of them free.

Moral: Sometimes, life offers you situations that not only demand hard work and perseverance but some creative thinking which saves the situation.

5. The Group of Frogs

Some frogs were traveling through the woods and two of them accidentally fell into a pit. The other frogs who were safe upside understood how deep the pit was and saw no hope for the frogs to escape it.

Both of these frogs started trying to get out of the pit but failed many times. The frogs on the safe side shouted at them to give up the pain of trying as it was not possible.

Eventually, one frog heard the other frogs and decided to stop trying and fell down to death. However, the other frog went on trying and at last managed to reach the top.

The other frogs asked him, “Did you not hear us?” He explained that he was deaf and thought other frogs were encouraging him to get out.

Moral: Some people around you may ask you to be on the safer side always and stop trying and taking risks. However, there is no gain without pain. So try hard to achieve success in life despite what life offers you.

6. Rocks, Pebbles, and Sand

Once a professor entered the classroom with a glass jar, rocks, pebbles, and sand. The students were amused to see what he was up to. First, he started filling the rock parts into the jar until he couldn’t add any more.

He asked the students if the jar was full and everybody nodded yes. He then started putting the pebbles inside the jar which went inside through the small gaps and he shakes the jar to allow the pebbles to get into those vacant spaces in between the rocks.

He asked the same question to the students and they again said that the jar was full. Finally, he poured the sand inside the jar which went through the minute gaps and got filled in the jar.

The professor explained that this is how you should set priorities in life. Rock is like your family, while pebbles are like your career while sand is like the least priority in life and unnecessary quarrels and egos.

If you put sand on the jar first, it will get easily filled up leaving no space for rocks and pebbles.

Moral: You should identify your priorities in life and develop a good strategy to work towards fulfilling them rather than wasting your time and effort on unnecessary aspects of life.

7. Struggles develop strength

One day a man was passing by a garden when he saw a butterfly cocoon that was about to get open.

He saw a small opening on it and watched the several hours of struggles the butterfly came through to get the body out of it. After many hours, it seemed that the butterfly stopped trying as there was no progress.

He thought to help the butterfly by cutting the cocoon with a scissor. So the butterfly came out easily but the wings were shriveled and the body was tiny and withered.

Unfortunately, the butterfly was not able to take flight and spend the rest of its life crawling with a wounded body.

Moral: This is nature’s way of telling the importance of struggles in life. Sometimes, different kinds of struggles are needed in life to make you stronger in the future. Never feel disappointed in life and stop trying when life offers you struggles but keep on fighting until you see success.

 8. Seeing opportunity in obstacles

Once there was a king who was curious but wealthy. He decided to test his fellow people to know who has a got a good attitude in life and who would spare some time for the country’s progress.

He placed a huge boulder right in the middle of the road and hid in a nearby place to see if anyone would make an attempt to move it off.

He saw some wealthy merchants and courtiers passing by the road. None of them made any attempt to move it off but simply walked away while some others blamed the king for not maintaining roads.

Later, a peasant came the way with a load of vegetables and saw the boulder. He kept his load down and tried to move the boulder away. After a strenuous effort, he succeeded in moving it away. He saw a purse lying in the place of the boulder.

It contained many gold coins and a note from the king which read ‘this is the reward for the person who moves the boulder away.

Moral: It is quite common for people to run away from problems and obstacles. But the story clearly shows the importance of seeing an opportunity in every obstacle which might improve our condition. Invest some time to remove obstacles on your way and experience many unseen presences.

9. Shake off problems

A man and his donkey were on the way to graze while the donkey fell into a huge pit. The man was shaken and tried hard to pull off his favorite donkey up to the ground.

Despite his strenuous attempts, he failed to bring the donkey back. But he can’t leave the donkey to starve and die in pain for days.

So he decided to bury him alive and make his death smoother. So he started pouring soil over the donkey in the pit. When he poured the soil, the donkey felt the load and shakes it off and he steps on it.

He does the same every time when the soil was poured into his body. In the end, he reached the ground level and easily walked away to graze in the green pastures.

Moral: Don’t choose to live with your problem. Just shake off your problems and stand on it and step up in life after learning from them. Every bad experience is new learning. So get the positives out of it and work towards your goals.

10. Let go of your stresses

 A psychology professor entered the classroom with half a glass of water in his hand. The students expected the old common question “was it half empty or half full?” But to their surprise, he asked them “How heavy is this glass of water?”

The answers given by the students ranged from 7 oz. To 25 oz. But the professor replied that the actual weight of the glass with water doesn’t always matter but how long you hold the glass is what matters.

If you hold the glass for a minute, you won’t feel much weight. But if you hold for 10 minutes, you will feel a little more weight and it gets heavier for you with hours.

If you hold it for the entire day, then your hands would go numb and in pain. Similar is the case when you carry stress with you. If you think about it for a while and leave it, then there is no problem but if you think about it for hours, it starts becoming a problem and it becomes worse if you sleep with it.

Moral: You should learn to let go of your stresses and never sleep with it. If you can do something about it, just do it. In the other case, just leave it and work towards your goals or else it just kills your productivity.


You Should Give Up 6 Habits If You Want to Have a Better Life


From time to time, we sit down and think about what we should do to have a better life. We reflect on our past actions and their results, our current situation and what we should do next.

While these are logical steps, we neglect the fact that if we are adding things into our lives, it means we need to take things out. After all, we have a limited amount of time and energy in a day. If we want to start doing something, we first need to stop having those habits that only make our lives worse.

You Should Give Up 6 Habits

We often don’t realize how affected we are by our habits. Because everything seems to be on autopilot, you have to be very careful to notice what kind of habits you have. So, if you want to have a better life, you should first give up those habits that make your life difficult.

Here is the list of 6 Habits You Should Give Up If You Want to Have a Better Life :

1. Stop looking for the perfect time to start something

We fall into the trap of thinking that there is a perfect time to pursue a goal. Maybe we wait until our careers have reached a certain level until we’ve raised enough money or someone has given us permission to do something. And as long as some circumstances are better than others, the stars won’t align to create the perfect scenario.

There will never be a perfect time because there will always be something that will bother you or get in your way. Similarly, there will never be a perfect time to start working on your idea, try something new or learn something new. The best time is right now. Along the way, you will make mistakes and continue to learn.

2. Stop doing things just to be accepted

When you try to change just to be accepted, you can only pretend for so long. After a while, you’ll get tired. Maybe you pursue a career that doesn’t suit your personality because it’s too famous, or maybe you stay in a bad situation for fear of change.

The more time and effort you invest, the harder it will be to quit. Be honest with yourself. If you have to change your interests, values and beliefs to fit in somewhere, you’re in the wrong place.

3. Stop blaming others

Sometimes it really is someone else’s fault when something bad has happened. But what can we do? Blaming others is a pointless exercise that solves nothing. Instead, it creates more anger and does nothing to move you forward.

If someone has wronged you, but those bitter feelings aside and move on. Forgive. Focus instead on your actions. When you start taking action, you become more responsible for what happens in your life.

4. Stop stressing about things you have no control over

While there are an infinite number of things you can worry about, there are a finite number of things you can control. Remember that you cannot change what others say or think about you. You cannot decide what others do. But what you can do is how you react and interpret that situation. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?

If you want to have a better life, you can be sure that you don’t have to interpret everything as negative and that you don’t have to react compulsively and badly.

5. Stop neglecting the present

Our minds are so busy wandering in all sorts of places that we forget what is right in front of us. We get caught up in our memories, aspirations and dreams. In the process, we misuse the time we have and miss the present.

We all create dreams and tell ourselves that when we get to that point, everything will be fine and we will be happy. But if you stop for a moment and look back, it seems that in the present you are where you wanted to be when you were in the past, but perhaps you are dreaming of the future and feel, that something is still missing. So, try to understand that wherever you end up you will still be in the present and if you don’t enjoy the present now, when do you think you will start to?

6. Stop insisting on old mistakes

We all have times in our past when we think we could have done things better or differently. From time to time I wonder if things would have gone better if I had made different choices.

However, I keep telling myself not to get stuck in the past. Instead of reflecting on things you can’t change, use your past mistakes to think about how you would do things today. Failures can be used to your advantage if you’re willing to turn them into lessons for your future.