Being an entrepreneur or a small business owner is pretty incredible, isn’t it? You have successfully turned an interest or hobby into a viable business. Bravo! However, the moment you achieved your goal, something happened. Your passion turned into a job, an obligation, and things changed. Keeping the ‘fun’ in a functional business can be a challenge. It’s common for business owners to experience a loss of wind in their sails at some point. Fortunately, there is hope, because there are tools for staying inspired and motivated.
We turned to our experts to suggest their favorite ways for remaining upbeat and energized. Give these ideas a try this summer and see if you can revive the spark in your small business by fall.
Lisa Sabin-Wilson, COO
Lisa follows Vala Afshar, Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce, on Twitter for his daily dose of motivation, common sense and snippets of reality, facts, and kindness. “I think Twitter can be a tool for good and for sharing motivation and inspiration, and who doesn’t need that in their daily life?” says Lisa. “If I could prioritize the tweets that show up in my feed, his would be at the top.”
Jodie Riccelli, Director of Client Strategy
Jodie swears by The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. “I read it whenever I need a reminder that, ‘It’s all bigger than me.'” she says of the book.
John Hawkins, Client Strategist
The Do Weekly podcast has become a regular way to stay inspired for John. “It’s awesome,” he gushes, “Each week they come up with a task for small business owners to complete that will have an impact on their business. Some tasks are simple; some are more work. The hosts spend the week trying to do the tasks themselves and then they talk about their success and/or failures.”
If you’re a small business owner with a secret for keeping inspired, please share it below in the comments. We’d love to learn more. And, if you’re interested in being featured in our own podcast, Small Talks with Small Businesses, drop us a line at let us know. We’re always looking for new guests. Contact us today.