We’ve all taken different paths to where we are now, we’ve met different people and been inspired in different ways. I’ve put together a little list of people who have inspired me to keep going in business and to improve, to learn, and to never stop trying to make things better.
I’d love to hear who’s inspired you or really helped you move ahead in running your own show – let me know in the comments below!
I love Ramit’s take on the world, his personality and his straight up no bullshit views on business. He confirms my belief that you need to ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing instead of blindly following trends. Ramit is all about quality, heart, hustle, and keeping it real. You can find him here: www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com or listen to this interview with Chase Jarvis on Creative Live:
This might sound a little dramatic, but Simon Sinek changed my business. When I first watched his TED talk, my whole idea of what I was doing shifted, and I went out and bought his book Start With Why straight away to learn more. Simon sees business and leadership in a whole new way, and has inspired millions of business owners and leaders to find their why. Learn more here: www.startwithwhy.com or check out his TED talk:
Yvon Chouinard’s book Let My People Go Surfing was the very first business book I ever read, long before I ever went to work for myself. As someone who’s spent their entire life in the adventure sports world, I was interested in his story. As the founder of my favorite gear company (Black Diamond Equipment), I was curious how this former climbing bum had gotten BD off the ground, not to mention Patagonia, without being a typical business man. You’ll see some of his quotes around my website, and if you haven’t had the chance to read his book, it’s a great one. Here’s some of my favorite advice: “Profits happen when you do everything else right.” Find out more here: www.patagonia.com.
Tara Gentile is a professional business advisor, teacher and podcaster. I took one of Tara’s courses and it completely changed the way I approached my business. I was blown away by how much I learned. See her in action here: Turn Your Service into a Product or on her own website here: taragentile.com
With 18 books and one of the most popular blogs on the internet, Seth has an incredible wealth of knowledge to offer around marketing and running a business. I’ve learned so much from him over the years, and always jump at the chance to listen to him on a podcast or an interview. Here’s a great talk, brought to us by Marie Forleo, and you can find him online here: sethgodin.typepad.com
If you don’t know Chris Guillebeau, he’s the guy who decided to visit every country in the world (there’s 193 of them) through travel hacking. He also wrote some amazing books that will encourage you to follow your own path instead of the status quo. Read about him here chrisguillebeau.com or watch his interview on MarieTV:
Host Jonathan Fields interviews all kinds of creatives and entrepreneurs, always closing with his signature question, what makes a good life? I learned so much from listening to these audios and videos over the years. Check them all out here: www.goodlifeproject.com.
There’s nothing worse than living a life based on what other people tell you to do. Author and artist Elle Luna talks about living a life free of shoulds in her book The Crossroads of Should + Must. Watch her interview with Chase Jarvis on carving out her own path in life:
The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better are two incredible books by NYT reporter Charles Duhigg. If you’ve ever wondered why some habits stick and others don’t, or why some companies perform better than others, these books are for you. Watch this interview with Jonathan Fields of Good Life Project for a quick look into how we make and break habits:
Jonah Berger is a marketing professor who studies social influence. His books Contagious and Invisible Influence taught me so much about why us humans act the way we do, and what’s behind our social interactions, the reasons we share certain things and make our decisions. Watch Marie Forleo’s interview with Jonah here:
Brene Brown is probably on a lot of people’s favorites lists, and for good reason! Her work on vulnerability, shame and living whole-hearted has changed so many lives both personally and professionally, including mine. At the end of the day, business is really just about people, and you can pick as much good business advice out of her books as anywhere else. Daring Greatly is my favorite of her books, and this is my favorite interview:
You may have noticed that I included a few interviews with Chase Jarvis, and wanted to show you where to find the rest. 30 Days of Genius is by far and away the best collection of interviews I have ever come across. Lots of great creative food for thought, watch them all here, for free: www.creativelive.com