Motivation Tips and Tools for Entrepreneurs and Startups 2019
It takes 30 days to form a lasting habit. Use the new year to replace bad habits with positive routines that will leave you smarter, invigorated, and refreshed.
Entrepreneurs are some of the most motivated people on the planet. In fact, most entrepreneurs share unique characteristics that keep them inspired, encouraged, and successful.
Modern day female entrepreneurs are rising up to dominate across 51 economies at a rate of 10% currently, whilst males lag behind slightly at a 5% growth rate. There are five key traits that help make women successful entrepreneurs identified here.
Although entrepreneurs are often portrayed as motivated and successful, up to 20% of us can procrastinate to such an extent that we may jeopardise our health, credit, business, and relationships. Let’s be honest, some of you are probably procrastinating right now. Just one more story, just five more minutes, maybe you’ll start work on the hour, maybe half past. Take note, 50% of the time that you spend awake is dominated by automatic behaviours. These are learned, and therefore can be forgotten, or replaced by creating better habits and working on continuous improvement.
So, let me share some tips regarding the positive habits and tools that I’ll be applying or utilizing this year in order to boost my motivation and productivity.
I want this post to inspire action, so pour yourself a coffee, get comfortable, and highlight the actions that you feel will work for you as an individual.
Thought Provoking and Inspirational Podcasts:
Psychologists recommend listening more to improve your overall emotional intelligence. So, choose wisely and fine tune your brain to optimize your performance and enrich your mind with motivation and education.
Here are three podcasts that I listen to frequently to give me a boost, educate, and help to find ideas and contacts for my journalistic endeavours.
1. Entrepreneur on Fire.
Hosted by John Lee Dumas, this podcast airs every single day of the year and features a 30-minute interview with inspiring thought leaders and entrepreneurs.
I used to play this on my commute to the office, or when I was at the gym first thing in the morning as it’s short, succinct, and really well produced.
There are over 2000 episodes available covering topics from superhuman brains, through to analytical marketing, Facebook ad campaigns, and successfully creating autonomous income.
I personally felt super-inspired when I incorporated EoF into my morning routine, as it’s just short enough to keep my attention whilst being really informative. John Lee Dumas’s enthusiasm gets the entrepreneurial fire in my belly ignited every time I listen to this podcast.
2. The Tim Ferris Show.
Author of ‘The Four-Hour Work Week’ Tim Ferris has been running this podcast for over 5 years and has successfully achieved over 300million downloads. It was ranked as the number one business podcast on iTunes for months on end, and features amazing guests from almost every discipline on the planet.
Expect guests like James Cameron talking about his inspiration for creating Avatar. Chuck Palahniuk discussing the perils of writing, or Arnold Schwarzenegger discussing psychological warfare.
The Tim Ferris show usually runs for between 60 and 90 minutes and always leaves me motivated and refreshed. The show has great show notes and takeaways. I personally subscribe to Ferris’s ‘Five Bullet Friday’, a weekly email that includes five inspiring things from his week. He’s a super successful investor, author, and serial entrepreneur, so this is well worth a listen if you’re lacking motivation.
3. The Joe Rogan Experience.
For those of you that like deep and meaningful, in depth conversations, the Joe Rogan Experience is the podcast for you. Rogan’s podcast often runs for between 2.5 and 3 hours at a time.
His style is fantastic, creating uninterrupted interviews and conversations with some of today’s most brilliant minds. I often put this on at night when I’m cooking as it is a great way to learn as I’m doing something that I really enjoy.
Expect to hear Elon Musk discussing Tesla and SpaceX, Jordan Peterson explaining his latest books, and Kanye West will be discussing his mental health issues later this year.
I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into producing such a long form podcast, and highly recommend this to entrepreneurs that soak up information like a sponge. This podcast has generated so many ideas for businesses and stories for me in the last 18 months.
Exercise Three Times a Week or More:
Exercising increases energy, sharpens focus, enhances the mood, improves memory, helps impulse control, and improves productivity.
Therefore, it’s simply a no-brainer. Not only will it strengthen your mind, it will reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke, whilst doing this it will also help you to manage your stress levels, and look and feel better.
Try starting light with something like swimming or using a cross trainer for 30 minutes a day, three times a week. These are low impact exercise that will help give you the aerobic respiration needed to enhance all the areas mentioned above.
Why not join classes a few times a week if you find it hard to motivate yourself. Alternatively, invest in a personal trainer, so you force yourself into going and starting to form a new healthy habit for this new year.
Invest time into LinkedIn:
Your LinkedIn profile is the storefront for your professional achievements and endeavours. Please, don’t neglect or take for granted the power that this network has to offer in terms of showcasing your intelligence and portfolio to the business world, and creating lasting professional relationships and conversations.
Check out this post on optimizing your LinkedIn profile. Remember, there are over 500 million users on LinkedIn… Embrace the opportunities that this social network has available.
If you’re going to spend time on any social network, try and make it LinkedIn. Make sure your profile is up to date, try and join groups that are relevant to your industry and align with your career goals. Respond personally to connections requests that may be of value to you and your professional career. Try to post at least 4–5 times per week to keep your profile active and enhance your visibility to the rest of the world.
Gone are the days of traipsing round networking events with the hope of a lead, getting stuck talking to the most boring person in the room and going home deflated. Now you can start conversations with people that will mentor, inspire, and support your ideas at the click of a button.
I once got stuck with a promotional stationary salesman at a networking event in London. He gave me a free pen that didn’t write and had a warped spring…. Priceless.
You’ll see an increase in profile views, connection requests, and feel an overall sense of professional achievement. This is one thing you probably wouldn’t feel after an hour on Facebook!
Read, Read, Read!
You’re reading this piece, so you’re on the right track. Research has proven that just 30 minutes of reading each week helps to increase your overall productivity.
There are millions of great books to choose from. Here are three books I’ve recently read that left me feeling positive and motivated in all areas that I approach.
Michio Kaku — The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind:
In this book, Kaku discusses history, brain basics, consciousness, dementia, bi-polar disorder, the future of thinking, and much more.
It’s a deeply intelligent look into our grey matter and how our best asset will evolve over time. If you love existential questions, or want to learn more about the very organ that is processing this page, creating images individual to your consciousness, and helping you learn and develop each day, give this book a read.
Grant Cardone — Sell or be Sold:
Cardone is a fantastic example of rags to super riches and how anybody can turn their life around from the depths of despair, and become a successful serial entrepreneur. As a young adult, Grant Cardone was a hopeless drug addict at the end of his tether after years of repeated failures.
He turned a new leaf and decided to change the way the sales and negotiations industry works with his own programmes and seminars. 30-years on, he’s now a multi-million-dollar property investor and one of the best motivational speakers ever to grace the stage.
This book discusses how we can all use the power of negotiations to improve our personal and professional lives. I found the pages to be full of useful takeaways that anyone can use as actionable narratives to improve their communication skills.
Malcolm Gladwell — Outliers:
Malcolm Gladwell is one of today’s most prominent intellectual thinkers. His books are full of wonderful anecdotes and stories that capture the reader’s attention. In Outliers he connects the dots behind what makes the world’s highest achievers different from the rest of us.
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.
This book left me feeling ultimately more educated, inspired, and motivated for success than I felt before reading it.
Thanks for reading this post, I hope you leave this page refreshed and motivated to succeed in your business and entrepreneurial endeavours.
Follow me and stay tuned for part two of this piece, in which I will discuss morning habits, nutrition, forward thinking, and increasing ROE and ROI as part of my motivational guidelines for our readers.