In light of troughs and darkness, the smallest things can be inspirational. I know what it’s like to be in that trough, and I know what it’s like to feel a bit lost. If you’re an entrepreneur, this can be an hourly thing. Where do you go for inspiration? For motivation when you feel a tinge of failure? Sometimes, you have to dig deep to find the greater goal that reignites the fire within. And sometimes, you need someone to pour a little gas on the spark to get you fired up.
I wanted to provide you with a few sites, quotes, pictures that has kept me fighting over my entrepreneurial endeavor, too. Hopefully, one of these will inspire you to dig deep and to keep pursuing greater things for you and for those around you.
- 101 Best Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs – Business Insider. I take a quote every beginning of the week and plaster it on my social media and on my computer. Great stuff from legends including Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn co-founder), Larry Page (Google co-founder), Estee Lauder (Estee Lauder founder), etc.
- You’re Never Too Old To Start A New Venture, Look At These Famous Entrepreneurs – Digital Synopsis. Like Gordon Gecko in Wall Street 2 said, “[…] the one thing I learned in jail is that money is not the prime asset in life. Time is.” Don’t waste your time, but also, don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to start something. This article has some great graphics of how old different entrepreneurs were when they started their ventures as well as a depiction of various entrepreneurs with their different ideas both successful and failed ones.
- Anything and everything with Angela Duckworth and her studies on Grit… Like her article in strategy+business and her Ted Talk.
- The Best Motivation by MuscleProdigyTV on YouTube. Just watch it. It’s motivating as heck. There’s a touch of body building in it, but everything about it can be applied to what you’re doing, what you’re trying to achieve.
- “11 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business” by Stephanie St. Claire. I wrote about my take on Stephanie’s article in a post “Lessons from a Blog: I’m Picking Up What You’re Putting Down“. Reading about her journey not making money and her perseverance was inspiring as it paralleled many aspects of my own journey.
I love soccer. It’s the greatest passion in the world for me. Heck, I ran away from home once because my dad told me I wouldn’t be a pro when I was young. Up until high school, I hadn’t played in a competitive league — just rec ball. My freshman year in high school, I was given little chance to make it onto either the JV or Varsity team competing against some really great players who had played at the top level of competitive leagues (Classic, Premier…). I practiced and practiced… a lot on my own. And freshman year, I made the JV team. It was one of the greatest moments in my life. We went undefeated — something like 11-0-1 or 10-0-1 scoring 39 goals for with only 1 against.