Blog - inspirational music for entrepreneurs

Inspirational music for entrepreneurs is essential. 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.

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. 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:

4: 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.

3: 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 the American-dominated genre of country music by storm.

2: 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!

My Number 1. The Other Side – The Greatest Showman

While everyone else was enraptured by the trapeze artists and love stories, this was the song that I played again and again on first seeing The Greatest Showman. It’s when Hugh Jackman’s unconventional Barnum makes an offer to Zac Efron’s Phillip Carlyle. For me Hugh personified the freelance life in comparison to Zac’s conventionality. Here’s his offer:

You run with me
And I can cut you free
Out of the drudgery and walls you keep in
So trade that typical for something colorful
And if it’s crazy, live a little crazy
You can play it sensible, a king of conventional
Or you can risk it all and see

Don’t you wanna get away from the same old part you gotta play?
‘Cause I got what you need, so come with me and take the ride
It’ll take you to the other side
‘Cause you can do like you do
Or you can do like me
Stay in the cage, or you’ll finally take the key
Oh, damn! Suddenly you’re free to fly
It’ll take you to the other side

There is so much energy in this song, so much life and excitement. I couldn’t find an official video, but do try to watch it as the choreography of slamming down shot glasses in a bar is breathtaking.

Although if you are thinking of going freelance, maybe do a little planning first rather than changing your life over 14 whiskies.

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