The best motivational short stories


While I was reading through various portals and pages of inspirational stories I decided to share with you my three favorite.

So, these three in my opinion are the best motivational short stories

1. The Elephant Rope

An old man was passing the elephants, he stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they were 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.”

The old man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

2. A Pound of Butter

There was an old farmer who sold a pound of butter to a baker. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if he was getting the right amount, which he wasn’t. Angry about this, he took the old farmer to court.

The judge asked the old farmer if he was using any measure to weight the butter. The old farmer replied, “Honor, I am primitive. I don’t have a proper measure, but I do have a scale.”

The judge asked, “Then how do you weigh the butter?”

An old farmer replied;

“Your Honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker.”

3. The Group of Frogs

A group of green and yellow frogs were traveling through the woods, two of them fell into a deep pit. When the green frogs crowded around the pit and saw how deep it was, they told the two yellow frogs that there was no hope left for them.

However, the two yellow frogs decided to ignore what the others were saying and they proceeded to try to jump out of the pit. Despite their efforts, the group of green frogs at the top of the pit were still saying that they should just give up. That they would never make it out.

Eventually, one of the yellow frogs took heed to what the others were saying and he gave up, falling down to his death. The other yellow frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Again, the crowd of green frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die.

He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?”

The yellow frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

Moral of the stories:

People enter our lives for a reason. Nothing is happening by chance. Love, respect, illness, injury, human stupidity … are all that little tests to test the limits of our soul.

Sometimes you may seem that your life is awful, bad things happen, dear people disappoint you, your colleagues are betraying you, your career is not going by the path you are planning, you do not get as much love as you would like.

But over time, realize that you have not overcome those obstacles you would not become aware of your inner strength, the power of the mind, your potential, and the power to be even better, stronger and more determined to achieve your goals whatever they are.

These people influence our lives and our growing up, by our falls and success we become the people we want to be. We learn from these experiences, whether they are good or bad. No matter how much this world tries to hold you back, always move on with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible.

Without these little tests life would be a boring straight line.

With a healthy life values we can achieve in life whatever we want to as long as we listen, we have good intentions and respect for each other.


Thank you for reading!

If you have your own motivational story or you have a favorite one, feel free to share it with me in a comment 🙂














  • Heather

    This was so beautifully written! I am so glad you shared these stories. I had heard them all before – but not the way you tell them. Great, encouraging post. Thank you!

  • Melinda

    These are lovely stories. I’m so glad that you shared them. I found the story about the frog interesting. If we believe in what we are doing, we won’t get discouraged and are likely to continue and reach our goal.

  • vivek

    Thank you for sharing the stories. The last one about the frogs reminds me of the 2 mice that fell into a tub of cream and one of them churned it into butter. We need reminders like these to keep going and stay positive and aware despite setbacks.

  • Tristin Autrey

    I love these stories but I think the one that stuck with me the most is the elephant one. I have done a lot of studies on beliefs and the mind and it always amazes me how strong the mind is. It also amazes me how our beliefs can both strengthen and hamper us with out us even realizing it. Next time I need something for a speech or lesson I give, I will come here.

  • Sue Kolman

    My goodness, how heartwarming! I had heard the elephant story before but not the other two. I especially liked the frog story. This is a great niche! Who in the world doesn’t love a good story and the ones with an important message are the best. That was Jesus’ method of teaching!

  • Emmanuel Buysse

    I’m actually not the person who likes short stories ( I love long stories), however, your posts are beautiful and written with lots of passion, which I really admire. I hope to see more of these soon!

  • Tabsmark

    Hi Mavi

    I love short stories and motivational ones are awesome! We home school and my son and I often search for short stories. Our favourite is The Gruffalo. I guess it’s not that motivational – but it’s similar in that if someone believes something then that guides their actions.

    Will you be helping others to write short stories in time on this website? We have been looking for a short course for pre-teens on story writing. My son has an amazing imagination and we are looking to write stories centered around Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.

    I love the look of your site, it’s very sweet.

    • MaVi

      Thank you for reading and I’m glad you like it.
      I will think about the short course of story writing and maybe in time I will do that.
      Thank you very much for the suggestion! 🙂

  • Sabrina

    This was great read!! I love these stories and I will be saving your page for future reads… I too believe that the mind holds all the power. It’s in how we perceive, in how we achieve. I would love to add some of your stories to my site! I feel they will be so beneficial to what i’m trying to say as well…

    Keep moving forward 🙂

  • Jody

    I love to read short stories. I think it is so true that people and different circumstances come into our lives for a reason and can make us stronger if we choose that direction.

    Thank you for sharing this. I really enjoyed reading all of it.

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