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I found that reading biographies or memoirs of people I admire (or even people I never heard of) is very motivational. Although we see other people's successes as coming easily, in most cases people overcame obstacles, rose above bad situations, and worked very hard for their successes. Recently I've been reading about our founding fathers & have been inspired by their stories. One of the best memoirs I've read recently was.. (cllick title for more info)

.."The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls, who grew up with neglectful, incompetent parents, yet she & her siblings overcame their poor beginnings with hard work to become successful & productive adults. It has been months since I read that book, but it has stuck with me. I think about it daily.
- Submitted by STORMY724 10/25/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments
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FLIGGACHICA 11/8/2010 7:13:00 PM

    You are so right.

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STORMY724 10/29/2010 1:58:00 AM

    Re: "The Traveler's Gift" by Andy Andrews as recommended by another commenter. This book is a work of fiction & uses "poetic license" to reinterpret actions of some historical figures & situations. As such, I don't recommend it as a work of non-fiction. Also, the "Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success" which are the main message of the book are things we have all heard before. Although some may find it an inspiring read & not be bothered by historical inaccuracies, I couldn't overcome them enough to enjoy it.
STORMY724 10/27/2010 6:40:00 AM

    Here are a few of my other favorite recently-read biographies, memoirs, & other non-fiction:

1776 by David McCullough
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Thomas Paine by Craig Nelson
Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis
Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
Mistress of the Vatican by Eleanor Herman
Basilica by R.A. Scotti
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Things I Overheard While talking to Myself by Alan Alda
Mark Twain, Man in White by Michael Shelden
Hellbound on His Trail by Hampton Sides (about the assasination of M.L.King Jr.)
Hollywood Kryptonite by Kashner & Schoenberger (about TV's first Superman)
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Bartlett
Copy This by Paul Orfalea (founder of Kinko's)
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
IAMWINNING 10/25/2010 10:57:00 AM

    I, too, enjoy reading biographies (and similar non-fiction) about US Revolutionary War people and times. Not only do I sometimes get a different perspective than I got in school (!) but I feel like I almost know that person by the time I finish the book. One of my favorites is John Adams by McCullough.
CALIDREAMER76 10/25/2010 6:56:00 AM

    For a short easy to read - motivational about other people - Read the Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews

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