Inspiring Advice from Entrepreneurs When You’re Looking for Motivation
by Meredith Wood of Fundera
As an entrepreneur, do you ever have those moments when you simply feel stuck? Well, you’re not alone. Even the best entrepreneurs have felt a lack of inspiration or direction.
When you find yourself facing a wall, follow advice from your peers. Here are some inspiring quotes from entrepreneurs when you need a little motivation:
Chris Guillebeau, author of The Art of Non-Conformity, The $100 Startup, and The Happiness of Pursuit, gives the following advice when you’re feeling overwhelmed:
“Write down what matters to you. Then, every day when you’re not sure what to do next, spend 20 minutes working on the things on that list. Over time, these 20 minutes will be the foundation of your success. You’ll be miles and miles ahead of many other people. Even if other things aren’t getting done, you’ll feel less overwhelmed because you did something that matters.”
Marie Forleo, a business strategist, marketing maven, Oprah guest, and creator of B School blogs says:
“Millions of highly successful people go through periods of questioning what the heck they’re doing and crave a few days off the grid and under the sheets. If you’ve been so busy that you’re pondering giving up on it all, remind yourself of exactly why you’re doing this thing in the first place.”
Author, yogini, and entrepreneur, Kimberly Wilson, is a productivity queen. On her blog, she writes:
“Although productivity experts often encourage we conquer the biggest, most complicated task first, I find myself gravitating toward smaller, quicker ones so that I can open up brain space for the others. I also try to bundle similar tasks together such as writing, email responding, or social media. Next, I’ll gather all the information necessary to work on the project and hunker down with the plan of hitting a milestone such as completion, five written pages, or a thoughtful email response.”
Melanie Duncan, a seasoned entrepreneur, Pinterest marketer, and business coach, says:
“A lot of times, feeling uninspired is due to getting stuck in too much of a routine. Try eating something different for breakfast or work from a new place. If you don’t want to change what you do, just move around the order that you do it in. Normally make your phone calls in the morning? Try making them in the afternoon instead. Want to try a real game changer? Don’t check your email until 2pm each day. Sound impossible? I tried it and it was a serious game changer for my productivity.”
Best-selling author of How to Retire in 12 Months, Serena Star-Leonard is a frequent traveler, business owner, blogger, and dream hatcher. In her newest book, How to Succeed in 12 Months: Creating a Life You Love, she uses the following “incentive” to keep her motivated:
“The million-dollar measure is a hypothetical situation where I am offered a million-dollar reward if I am able to achieve something that currently seems impossible. For example, I am tempted to write a new book, but I just can’t see how to fit it into my packed schedule and life. So I look at it from this new perspective: if I would receive one million dollars for writing a book in the next three months, would I be able to find or make the time to get the book finished?”
Make Creativity Your Number One Priority
You don’t have to look far to find inspiration. In fact, it’s all around you. Fire up the old laptop and read a favorite blog. Open up one of your favorite business books. You’re sure to find wisdom within its pages. Jot down an idea, then another, and another until your notebook is full and your head is empty. Do whatever it takes to get past your creative block.
Everyone gets stuck sometimes. If you want to get out of a creative rut fast, turn to fellow entrepreneurs for advice. Chances are they’ve been where you are right now, and they possess the knowledge to help you find your way back to your creative, successful self once again.
Meredith Wood is the Editor-in-Chief at Fundera, an online marketplace for small business loans that matches business owners with the best funding providers for their business. Prior to Fundera, Meredith was the CCO at Funding Gates. With her finance background, Meredith is no stranger to hearing about the challenges business face and has been the solution super sleuth for CTOs, CEOs, and everyone throughout the company. One of her hidden talents is the ability to inspire and motivate, and preserver to find the best solution – financially or introspectively. Her advice consistently appears on such sites as Yahoo!, Fox Business, Amex OPEN, AllBusiness, and many more.