Sometimes we get so caught up in planning, marketing, managing and other aspects of keeping the business profitable;
It gets stressful!
Sometimes we feel like throwing our arms in the air and finding somewhere to escape.
Yes, I do feel this way at times and if you are a new entrepreneur, I will not paint you a picture of everything always being perfect. You will have those days that it feels like you have 2,000 pounds on your shoulders.
But, I have an encouraging answer to help you get through those moments: consider what is inspiring you to become an entrepreneur, or what inspired you in the past.
What inspired me
Many of you may know my story if you have read my About Me page but if not, let me summarize what inspired Eric to become an entrepreneur.
Over 20 years ago, my wife and I were struggling. We lived in a small studio apartment in Southern California. Every day was a battle to raise enough money to pay the bills and also eat. We somehow managed, but I was terrible at managing the money.
I had dreams of becoming an actor/model, and jobs began to come. We were living the “high life,” but the fact that I still couldn’t manage money properly was a huge issue. I thought the modeling jobs would keep coming, but I soon discovered that periods of no work was a fact. And, I had not saved money in consideration of that issue.
This is when my wife and I discovered we would have to work as a team.
It was actually the discovery that we were on a roller coaster ride that inspired me.
We began reading and learning and helped each other grow, but as great things started happening, I once again became lackadaisical and the money began to be spent foolishly again.
That is when I decided the entrepreneur journey was the correct path for me. I began to connect with the best of the best:
- Zig Ziglar
- Tony Robbins
- Stephen Covey
- and more…
I realized there was great opportunities within network marketing…
I was inspired and…
It has taken me to where I am today…
But the most inspiration comes when:
I know that I have helped a new entrepreneur.
I know that we are all different and your inspiration may not come in the same way I received my inspiration.
But, there is some advice I can provide you that will help you gain and hold inspiration.
Entrepreneur Inspiration Tips
#1: Look at the needs around you
There are many who say they get inspiration from those who have gained great success as entrepreneurs. There is nothing wrong with that; especially from those who rose to success from nearly nothing:
- Larry Ellison – CEO of Oracle
- Andrew Carnegie
- Sam Walton
But there is even more inspiration when we look at the homeless, mentally or physically disabled, alcohol or drug addicted, etc… Because it is there where we can find problems to solve, and that is what being an entrepreneur is all about.
Helping out with a community volunteer project is a great means of inspiration on problem solving ideas. As you are helping clean the banks of a stream or ushering during a community wide celebration, there is a good chance you will get inspired with the next business plan and if nothing else, you are networking.
Reading does a mind good.
I suggest that you schedule time every day, or night to read books that help inspire and motivate you.
#4: Post on social media
Just put a post on your Facebook, Twitter or any of your other social media accounts that you need inspiration. Now enjoy the responses.
#5: Get mentored and mentor
I was honored to receive mentoring from some great people in the industry. Learning from others is a great source of inspiration, and it can also be more inspiring when we offer our experiences to others who are learning. So “pay it forward,” and get inspired by mentoring others.
#6: Study the competition
One of the best ways that successful entrepreneurs find inspiration and are able to create “masterpieces” is when they study the competition.
Discover what is working for them and do it better.
#7: Take care of you
When you feel good, you WILL be inspired.
- Sleep right
- Eat properly
- And take needed supplements
You will discover that just knowing you are healthy is one of the greatest inspirations there is available.
#8: Stay clear of negative forces
The world is similar to a battery; it has positives and negatives.
If you can stay in the positive zone, you will be in the inspired zone.
There are many people who live in a negative state. I suggest that you stay clear of those people.
Stay Creative and Inspired
The entrepreneur lifestyle means staying inspired and creative. We must surround ourselves with positive affirmations.
As you grow, you will also draw other inspired people you can bring into your team.
I suggest you bookmark this blog and visit regularly as I will be giving you much more information to help you grow into a highly successful entrepreneur.
You know, I told you a lot about my life earlier in this post but I never explained how I turned the chaotic money management that was going on in my life.
Working as a team, my wife and I found that we needed to track everything… Money earned, spent and owed. This system inspired me to help others who were battling money management and I developed the Expense Tracker. It has been a huge hit, and I know it will also help you in your personal and business life.
Now go get inspired!