Most “Baby Boomers” are familiar with Horatio Alger’s stories of people who have overcome insurmountable obstacles to achieve success in many areas of life. However, generations to follow have become less and less acquainted with this tremendous source of motivation and inspiration. Over several decades, I’ve collected a number of these stories to pass on to my grandchildren. I often revisit the collection when I, myself, am facing a challenge or simply having a bad day. They often humble me very quickly, forcing me to count the blessings I currently possess and “reframe” my outlook on current situations.
I think today’s youth would benefit greatly from exposure to these inspirational anecdotes. On our web site, you’ll find seven installments offering 40 diverse narratives I think you’ll find enlightening, educational, and inspirational. Some focus on individuals (JFK, Elvis, Walt Disney, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Beethoven, Edgar Allen Poe, Katie Couric, the Beatles, Jay Leno, Helen Keller, and many more) while others highlight organizations (Kinko’s, the Gap, FedEx, Home Depot, Xerox, and Chicken Soup for the Soul). Based on reader response, we’ll definitely be adding to this series of essays on a regular basis. Look them over and then be sure to share them with others who will benefit from reflecting on our rich heritage.