Blog - inspirational music for entrepreneurs

At a recent talk a business coach asked “What were you listening to in the car on the way here?” Her point was that driving was wasted time unless we were learning Mandarin or something worthy. However as an in-car karaoker, I disagree. Inspirational music is just as useful as an audio book on self-belief or sales mantras.

There’s a reason that comedians come on stage to loud, pumping music. Or brides and grooms spend agonising hours choosing ‘Their’ song. The right music can change your mood more effectively than a hundred ‘Reach For The Stars’ quotations.

It takes courage to take the leap from employment to becoming your own boss. If you’re in need of a boost, here are some suggestions:

My Top 5

5. Don’t Give Up – Chicane Remix featuring Bryan Adams

Don’t worry if the sun don’t shine
You’ve seen it before, you don’t need to worry
Every day’s an uphill climb, nothing has changed
Believe me when I tell you

Cut to the chorus. Yes, it’s cheesy. Yes, it’s a tad repetitive. But it always brings to mind a perfect winding, swooping road. That a momentary knock in confidence doesn’t have to be permanent. And that something great could be around the corner. Hopefully not a swimming elephant though.

4. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk

I love the clean, stripped-back feel to this. Get rid of the complications, and that’s all you’re aiming to do.

I just wish they’d done the same with the video:

3: Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett

Sometimes you need a reminder as to why you quit working for, as our Yankee cousins phrase it, ‘The Man’. This song does that in spades:

The sun is hot and that ol’ clock is movin’ slow
and so am I
Workday passes like molasses in wintertime
but it’s July

Gettin’ paid by the hour, and older by the minute
My boss just pushed me over the limit
I’d like to call him somethin’
but think I’ll just call it a day

Moustache-growing is optional.

2: Push For The Stride – Ward Thomas

Yep, more country music, but darn it the lyrics are too good. Fancy the forces of nature as allies? The encouragement to just keep going that little bit further? This is perfect. For some reason I always get a glimpse of riding fast across a desert. Even though I only ever mastered trotting.

With the wind at your back
and the sun at your side
take the bull by the horns and ride
you gotta push for the stride that wins the race every time

So when you’re low on steam
but your aim is high
you gotta keep your eye on the prize
you gotta push for the stride that wins the race every time

The cherry on the cake? These sisters from Hampshire have Pushed For The Stride and taken on the American-dominated genre of country music by storm.

Number 1: My Life – Billy Joel

This is song is frankly genius. I defy you not to feel uplifted by the end of it. It starts with an example of someone Living The Dream:

Got a call from an old friend
We used to be real close
Said he couldn’t go on The American Way
Closed the shop, sold the house, bought a ticket to the West Coast
Now he gives them a stand-up routine in L.A.

Then it builds to the key section. The following lines are an excellent antidote to your self-doubting, negative voice. Or to vent any frustration at ‘the haters’, as Ms. Taylor Swift would term them. Altogether now, shout this loud and proud:

I don’t care what you say anymore
This is my life
Go ahead with your own life
Leave me alone

Song starts at 1 minute 15 after the rather posey intro:

Well said Billy!