1. ‘I Hope You Dance,’ by Lee Ann Womack, is the song that they blast through their speakers on bad days. It serves as a reminder that in business and in life, some entrepreneurs have the choice of being brave.
The lyrics may mean taking risks, but they’re worth taking’ motivate them to take the next step, reach out to the next person, and keep trying to be heard over the din.
2. ‘My Way.’ As business owners, we often take on what we can handle.
We have a few regrets, but they are too few to the list because we are risk-takers who are willing to be out there. They suppose the conclusion is most fitting.
‘To think I did all that ‘ modest manner / Oh, no.’ Oh no, not me / I did it my way.’ There isn’t much more of a business-minded line than that.
3. Cake’s ‘Going the Distance is a song that continues to inspire them and is still on their workout playlist.
I’ve always liked the album, but as I’ve learned more about what it takes to be an entrepreneur for years, they’ve become increasingly familiar with it.
Some teams, I’m sure, strike it rich quickly, but in most cases, perseverance and commitment are the most important factors in achieving success.
Typically, there are no medals, roses, flashbulbs, or wine associated with entrepreneurship. However, perseverance in the face of hardship will finally pay off.
4. Being an entrepreneur entails going all in every day, regardless of the odds, because the payoff is well worth the effort. George Benson’s “Never Give Up on a Good Thing” is a song that always encourages them to never give up.
5. It’s from one of the best albums of all time, but it was originally released as a B-side, so it’s still an underdog hit. And they all believe that as an entrepreneur, you always play the underdog against larger, more developed businesses.
Also, the song is about remembering to enjoy the ride that is life and not getting burned out, which is the essence of becoming an entrepreneur in their opinion.
6. When every twice-daily dose of coffee runs out and all of their daily tension catches up with me, some like to listen to Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’
It has such a lovely message, and it reminds them why they started their business in the first place: to bring happiness to everyone’s day.
It motivates them to keep doing what they enjoy, regardless of how difficult it may be at times. As Mr. Armstrong says, the universe is a beautiful place, and this song reminds them of that when they need it the most.
7. ‘9 to 5’ by Dolly Parton is the song that motivates me. It’s a fantastic, cheerful song that always makes them laugh. They make me a cup of ambition, otherwise known as coffee, and get to work.
8. Dave Mason’s song “Let It Go, Let It Flow” is the one that inspires them the most. There are many too many occasions when they make someone else’s decisions for them because they are incapable of making their own. It interferes with their day, their job, and the other thinking processes.
When it becomes too much, they turn up the volume on that song and remind everyone else that they must do it, while they must let it go.
Allow them to make their own decisions. Allow someone else to come up with the ideas. They never fail to understand what I’m trying to say.
9. “The Nights” by Avicii “Every morning during my run, I listen to this album. It’s a motivational song with lyrics that really hit home for me.
It all comes down to being proud of your accomplishments in life. It’s a good reminder to me to always aspire for the best and be content with the life I’ve chosen.” – Josh Cohen, Junkluggers and Luggers Moving CEO and Founder
10. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson “It’s a song about self-reflection and figuring out how one fits into the community around them.
It reminds me that it’s important to remember where you came from no matter what.” – Gus Shamieh, CREAM’s president and co-founder
11. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor “Who isn’t inspired by ‘Eye of the Tiger’? It’s impossible to beat the classics, and it’s the best motivational album.
In addition, I live in Philadelphia, and everybody knows this is one of Rocky’s favorite songs.” – Cherry Blow Dry Bar COO, Steve Vicario
12. “Primal Scream” by Motley Crue “There is a lyric in the song that says, ‘If you want to live life on your own terms/you gotta be able to crash and burn,’ which is accompanied by a killer drum pounding. Every day, this teaches me that you must take the risks required to overcome challenges and overcome yourself.” – Mel O, Hot Moon Financial CFP
13. “Local” by Tycho “I like listening to Tycho because it’s soothing without reducing alertness, interesting enough to hold your attention without diverting your concentration from work, and because it doesn’t have lyrics, it’s much easier for me to focus on whatever task I’m working on.
Tycho’s albums Dive, Epoch and Awake make an excellent work combination.” – QuietKit CEO and Founder, John Turner
14. “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation “The song is soothing enough to listen to at work, but it also has a cool, melodic beat that keeps the workday moving.” – Brian Kelly, Ticket2Events co-owner and event organizer
15. “In All the Wrong Places” by Kero One It’s a motivational one that inspired you to keep walking this entrepreneurial journey and measure success.