Good Reads: Inspiring Biographies

Like to read autobiographies or biographies?

Reading about the lives of other people has always been a source of inspiration for me and no doubt it is the same way for other people too. In fact, if a person is suffering from depression one of the suggested activities to uplift their spirit and pull them out of the dark black hole is reading life stories. Not trying to sound corny but we are all ordinary people and it is encouraging to know that the majority of us endure the same trials and tribulations and most of us overcome or rise above our difficulties and get on with our lives.

But clearly you do not have to be depressed to draw motivation from reading about the achievements of someone else. For one of my friends it was the life of Malcolm X. The first biography which influenced my life was about Sammy Davis Jr. It was titled Yes I Can. (I could just kick myself for not keeping the book as it is now considered a collectible. He also published a sequel called Why Me?) The first autobiography written by Mr. Davis is also the book that peaked my curiosity and got me interested in reading more and more biographies about anybody – celebrities, men and women in history, people in political circles, etc. Turned this fascination into a hobby and created a Pinterest board called BIO-Snapshots, a collection of trivia, information and articles about people. Some of my most recent pins link to mini-bios of: Nora Baker, Robert Smalls, and Huma Abedin.

Do you get inspired by reading
biographical accounts or personal memoirs?

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  1. One of the first “big girl” books I ever read was the biography of Clara Barton. I have never forgotten that book. Lately I am reading mysteries and novels and self-help books. A few good biographies are in order.

  2. Well I’ve only ever been inspired from French famous characters of the past centuries biographies. Those stop 200 years ago. What I’ve learned is that I don’t think I’m done for this century ;) But I also do think that reading biographies can not just inspire you in your everyday life, it can also help you better understand the world as a whole.

  3. Gypzeerose

    It is so true that biographies can lift you out of a dark place, because you can see that others have dealt with amazing challenges and overcome them. I was reminded by reading Ben Carson”s “Gifted Hands,” and being inspired by how he overcame his poverty and bad temper to be a true healing servant. I do not agree with him politically, but I admire his life! I also really loved John Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage.

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