Earlier this week my husband told me that I listen to and sing along with music more than anyone else he knows. And it’s true. I lovelistening to music while I work. I do it all day long. It just makes sense for me to have something playing while I work; music is good for the soul and the workplace. Not only does it fill my day with sound, but it also provides encouragement and inspiration – which are things every entrepreneur needs. Some songs are just so appropriately timed, offering the exact words I need to keep me pushing forward. Over the last two years, I’ve collected quite an assortment of songs I know I can depend on to motivate me and I want to share them with you. After some digging, I’ve officially created The Entrepreneur playlist on Spotify. The entire list is pretty long and, while I really hope you give it a listen, I wanted to highlight my top ten favorite entrepreneur playlist songs in this blog post. So, without further ado, let’s get rockin’!
1. “Take the World by Storm” – Lukas Graham
“Take the World by Storm” is a newer addition to entrepreneur playlist, but it’s really appropriate for new business owners. The beat is great; I dance all around my office and garage when it comes on.
Encouraging you to see beyond the cards you’ve been dealt so you can start something new. Life is too short and precious to merely float through it doing what everyone else does. Since it’ll never change unless you change it, storm in, metaphorical guns blazing, and claim the life you want.
There’s got to be more than this / Gotta figure out how to jump the wall / I wanna live and learn / Don’t matter if I land or if I fall / I know I might return / At least I know I’ll be walking tall / I’m not afraid / Cause I take the world by storm
2. “Am I Wrong” – Nico & Vinz
This song literally helped me decide to start my own business. No kidding around here. I was on a run, thinking about whether I should continue applying for more jobs or pursue my eBay business full-time. “Am I Wrong”started playing and I let myself really listen to the lyrics for the first time. In that moment, I realized that I had the perfect opportunity to change my life for the better and that it didn’t matter what anyone else thought was right. As such, it simply had to be part of my entrepreneur playlist.
Finding the motivation to work for what you want no matter what other people think. Forget the naysayers and what-ifers; don’t conform to society’s standards – you’re never wrong for following your dreams.
Am I wrong / For thinking out the box from where I stay? / Am I wrong / For saying that I choose another way? / I ain’t trying to do what everybody else doin’ / Just ’cause everybody doin’ what they all do / If one thing I know, I’ll fall but I’ll grow / I’m walking down this road of mine, this road that I call home
Am I tripping / For having a vision? / My prediction / I’ma be on top of the world / Walk your walk and don’t look back / Always do what you decide / Don’t them control your life / That’s just how I feel / Fight for yours and don’t let go / Don’t let them compare you, no / Don’t worry, you’re not alone / That’s just how we feel
3. “Just Like Fire” – P!nk
I’m a P!nk freak, so when this song was released last week I nearly died. I listened to it over and over again because it emcompases everything I stand for as an entrepreneur. It’s the perfect message for anyone wanting to separate themselves from the maddening charade that corporations and employers have built. It’s also a nice slap in the face to all those doubters out there.
Pumping you up about your decision to run your own business. You can exceed societies limitations and achieve job freedom. You have the ability to stand apart and make the kind of difference you’ve always known you could.
Just like fire, burning out the way / If I can light the world up for just one day / Watch this madness, colorful charade / No one can be just like me anyway / Just like magic, I’ll be flying free / I’mma disappear when they come for me / I kick that ceiling, what you gonna say? / No one can be just like me anyway
4. “Hall of Fame” – The Script
I’ve talked before about how important it is to know your why; “Hall of Fame” lists many possible motivators, along with a number of incredible feats, all intended to show that your dreams can absolutely come true.
Remembering why you’re working so hard. No matter how many people tell you it’s impossible, know that you can do anything you want to do and be anything you want to be. It may not happen right away, but someday you will achieve your goals.
You could go the distance / You could run the mile / You could walk straight through hell with a smile / You could be the hero / You could be the gold / Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke
Do it for your people / Do it for pride / How you ever gonna know if you never even try? / Do it for your country / Do it for your name / Cause there’s gonna be a day / When you’re standing in the hall of fame / And the world’s gonna know your name / ‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame
5. “Something Big” – Shawn Mendes
Another fun tune to celebrate the decision to start your own business and the excitement you’ll feel when reaching milestones. A song definitely worthy of any entrepreneur playlist.
Getting excited when you and your business are making moves. When you’re on the precipice of a success and you can literally feel the accomplishment just around the corner, you really do just want to throw your hands in the air and sing “oh whoa oh oh!”
It’s like that feeling when you’re ’bout to win the medal / And you worked so hard that you knew you wouldn’t settle / Hands are in the air
Something big I feel it happening / Out of my control / Pushing, pulling, and it’s grabbing me / Feel it in my bones / Something big I feel it happening / Something big
6. “Wild Things” – Alessia Cara
“Wild Things” is all about not buying into the social and societal constructs around us. From birth, we’re conditioned to hide the “wild thing” within us and conform to what’s standard – go to school, get a job, get married, have children, and raise them to do the exact same thing all over again. But there’s more to life than that. There has to be.
Saying “Fuck you!” you to the man and all the people who look down on you for wanting to be different. You don’t need them or their approval. You’re a pioneer and you’re not buying what society’s selling anymore.
Find tablespace to say your social graces / Bow your heads, they’re pious here, but you and I, we’re pioneers / We make our own rules, our own room, no bias here / Let ’em sell what they are sellin’, there are no buyers here
So gather all the rebels now, we’ll rabble-rouse and sing aloud / We don’t card what they say, no way, no way / And we will leave the empty chair to those who say we can’t sit there / We’re fine all by ourselves
I lose my balance on these eggshells / You tell me to tread / I’d rather be a wild one instead
7. “It’s Time” – Imagine Dragons
It really is time to begin, which makes this song perfect for entrepreneurs. That is, after all, the hardest part: jumping in. This song also gives a good nod to bowing out of the “game,” as well as picking yourself up from a low like losing your job.
Imagine Dragons offer truly insightful lyrics and a couple of their songs made it onto my entrepreneur playlist. Another great one is “Tiptoe.”
Picking yourself up from “the bottom of the pit” and rising “right to the top.” The most difficult thing is just to get started; do that, and you’ll be well on your way.
So this is what you meant / When you said that you were spent / And now it’s time to build from the bottom of the pit, right to the top / Don’t hold back / Packing my bags and giving the Academy a rain check
8. “One Step at a Time” – Jordin Sparks
Another great song for entrepreneurs, “One Step at a Time” highlights how hard it can be before you reach success. Honestly, I’ve struggled with this a lot myself. It’s tough when you can see the end goal, but it’s just out of reach or taking you forever to get there. All we can do it keep trotting and doing our best.
Realizing that things take time. It’s going to happen; you’re bound to get frustrated and discouraged. We’ve all been there. Things tend to take longer than we expect and it’s easy to get impatient, but the important thing is that you’re always moving forward, one step at a time.
You believe and you doubt / You’re confused and got it all figured out / Everything that you always wished for / Could be yours, should be yours, would be yours if they only knew
You wanna show the world but no one knows your name yet / Wonder when and where and how you’re gonna make it / You know you can if you get the chance / In your face and the door keeps slamming
Now you’re feeling more and more frustrated / And you’re getting all kind of impatient, waiting / We live and we learn to take / One step at a time, there’s no need to rush / It’s like learning to fly or falling in love / It’s gonna happen when it’s supposed to happen / That we find the reasons why, one step at a time
9. I’m Good – The Mowgli’s
I love “I’m Good” and am so happy I found it for my entrepreneur playlist. It’s another one that just makes me want to dance around like a fool, but it’s more than the beat that gets me moving. I am good, now that I’m running a business and living a life I love.
Reveling in the beauty and freedom of your new life. There’s simply too many thing you give up when you work for someone else – time with family, opportunities to explore your talents, ability to follow your dreams, and financial freedom (to name just a few). Once you’ve achieved job freedom, there’ll be nothing holding you back from being good anymore.
It’s been a long time living this way / Worrying what people say / Feeling like I don’t fit in / But I won’t give up, no I won’t give in / We’re looking for something more / What you’re really looking for / Has been with you since you were born / Since you were born (you’re good) / I’m good, I’m good, I’m good / Living life just like I should / Wouldn’t change it if I could / I’m good, I’m good, I’m good
10. Mama Said – Lukas Graham
This will either be the perfect song for your entrepreneur playlist, or it’ll have absolutely nothing to do with you. For me, it really applies. I haven’t broached this topic much, but I’m not from a family with means (to say the least). I can relate to a lot of what Graham says here about growing up without money and struggling over differences with those who did, as well as having an incredibly supportive family that didn’t quite understanding my drive to start a business of my own.
Appreciating where you have come from and how it helped shape who you are. It sucks, but hardship does have the potential to make you better. Success means all that much more when you reach it from the bottom of the barrel, effectively proving everyone who ever doubted you wrong.
Don’t get me wrong I didn’t have it bad / I got enough loving from my mom and dad / But I don’t think they really understood / When I said that I wanted the deal in Hollywood / I told them I’ll be singing on TV / The other kids were malling me a wannabe / The older kids they started bugging me / But now they all standing right in front of me
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