“If you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it. To work day and night for it. To give up your time, your peace, and your sleep for it. If all that your dream and scheme is about it. And life seems useless and worthless without it. And if you’ll gladly sweat for it and fret for it and plan for it and lose all your terror of the opposition for it. And if you’ll simply go after that thing that you want, with all of your capacity, strength, and sagacity, faith, hope, and confidence, and stern pertinacity… With the help of God… You’ll get it….”
Every entrepreneur has that moment–an experience, an epiphany, getting fired, getting desperate, getting fed up; getting lucky enough to have the right mentor–that inspired them to someday become an entrepreneur.
So I asked 10 successful entrepreneurs to share their original inspirations. Read more >
We all have bad days. But why do some people seem engaged and happy more often? What’s the secret to having great mojo?
1. Let go of the past.
People with great mojo are free from the past. When they are with you, they are right there with you, vital and aware in the present moment. Let’s learn from them. Stop giving old stories so much mindshare. Give yourself the gift of freedom by letting go of old hurts and paying more attention to what is in front of you, taking in the sights and relationships with a new eye of awareness. The world has changed. People have changed. You have changed. So look at life anew again and you’ll find greater connection. Continue reading How To Have Good Mojo→
Before there was Vidyard, there was Redwoods Media, a small Canadian startup making marketing videos. Slowly but surely, the company, like so many startups, had to learn two lessons and has come to embrace them over time: being creative is difficult to scale, and they’e actually much better engineers than they are artists. Continue reading The startup success story behind Vidyard – Small Empires→
In 2011 Shinola, originally an early twentieth century shoe polish brand, was revived as a watch, bicycle and leather goods maker with a strong emphasis on American manufacturing. Naturally, Detroit, Michigan – the original motor city and spiritual home of American industry – became the brand’s base. As Detroit’s regeneration narrative gathers pace, with world renowned creatives such as photographer Bruce Weber shifting their gaze towards the city, Shinola has now opened its first stand alone store outside the US, at 13 Newburgh Street in London’s Soho. Continue reading Shinola: American Success Story→
Melony Armstrong just wanted to earn an honest living this was the start to her success story. She didn’t realize she’d have to change the law to do that. After years of hurdling obstacles that were holding her back from providing for her family, Melony succeeded in breaking down the barriers to success. In the process, she became an inspiration to her community and changed hundreds of lives with her success story. Continue reading Locked Out: A Mississippi Success Story – Documentary→
With a future that’s uncertain, our world is full of possibilities. Rajesh Rao implores you to go and make the change that’s required to make a better future for us all. Innovations in science, technology, engineering and maths are needed to help.
Shell is currently running a campaign with a call to #makethefuture. This call is for everyone – young and old – to take what they know and see how they can implement and inspire others to make the world a better place.
What could you achieve if you were more courageous?
In an increasingly uncertain, competitive and accelerated world, we are hard-wired to avoid risk but the true key to success is courage–the courage to speak up and challenge the status quo, the courage to take risks, the courage to trust in yourself more deeply and seize the opportunities all around us.