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When you need to be inspired as an entrepreneur… - Uncork Your Dork
I was GOING to start this post off by telling you my story. BUT, my story is LITERALLY the story of every single small business owner in the history of small business owners. I launched my business with big dreams 5 years ago... I changed that dream, pivoted my message, and found my new audience at LEAST three different times over that 5 years... I had moments of being on cloud nine...literally cotton candy and unicorns... And I've had days of being curled up in the fetal position, not knowing how to take the next step. As we move forward with this SERIOUSLY kick ass blog post, just know...I've been there! And I totally expect to be there again!! Owning your own business will NEVER (let me repeat that...NEEEEEVEEEEER) be easy. You'll ALWAYS have problems, and your job as an entrepreneur will ALWAYS be to solve those problems. Whether that's learning a new program or tool because you're diving into a new adventure....or you're hiring a new team member because you don't know HOW to solve your problem. (Hint...that's still problem solving. Good job!) Being an entrepreneur isn't learning how to create a business...it's problem solving. Simple as that...day in and day out.But...that doesn't mean you don't need a pick me upRecently, I've become OBSESSED...no LITERALLY OBSESSED with YouTube. (I know...I know..."Welcome to ten years ago, Terra!". *sigh* My only excuse? I've been SO hyper focused on other areas of the biz for the last five years, that there was no room for YouTube, until I was ready for it. Baby, I'm READY for it!! So, for this post, I want to give you a list of my top ten tubers to watch right now for a small business pick me up. They will LITERALLY strong arm you out of your fetal position on the couch, get you hyped to ACTUALLY put on human clothes (I'm talking to you, chick in your unicorn onesy that you haven't taken off in a week), and will EVEN get you to on the road to meeting those balanced life goals. So...let's jump in!!! the most inspiring small business youtubers on the youtubesThis is NOT just any list of Business YouTubers. This is a list of YouTubers that are actually SHOWING their work. (Thank you Mr. Leshin from grade 7 math class...). MOST of these guys are vloggers. They'll take you behind the scenes of their work days, strategy sessions, organization, and more. What inspires ME isn't just hearing someone tell me what should be doing...but seeing them take the action as well. Lilly Singh - SuperWoman Vlogs: In the last two weeks, I've asked EVERYONE and their mother if they've "Ever heard of Superwoman on YouTube...". Apparently, I'm new to her game, but DAMN do I love it! Lilly Sing, A.K.A. Superwoman, is a comedian and sketch artist on YouTube. More than that, though...she is a Hustler (capital H) and hosts a DAILY vlog that shows you behind the scenes of her multi-million dollar (and SO down to earth) business. I recommend, specifically, binging her "best of the vlog" list! With five years of vlogs, you'll see her state her dreams, achieve her dreams (oh, hello Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and a Tesla), and make some serious lady business history. Casey Neistat: World, meet my new husband. (Don't tell Josh about my secret life.) I...love...this...man. I love his drive. I love his curiosity. But more than anything...I love his kindness. This week, I heard an interview with Gary Vee (also an inspirational dude) that really talked about "drive" in a sort of negative way. He said that if you haven't made it yet, you suck. You aren't working hard enough. That might work for some folks...but not for me. Casey, in the same week, gave an interview talking about about learning to recognize the need to pivots...for recognizing that "feeling like a failure" is completely different than actually BEING a failure. He said that if you're still putting skin in the game...you're more successful that most at life. Guys...just...all the love. He has AMAZING vids on his channel, but I recommend his vlog for some serious motivation!! ​Peter McKinnon - I was a photographer for a long time...and although I don't pick up the portrait camera much anymore...I'm still more inspired by imagery and video than EVER. It's something I miss dearly. (Yay vlogging!!! I feel like I'm getting back!!) When I found Peter McKinnon a few years ago, I was mesmerized by his "cool" way of teaching, his adventures, and his AMAZING videography. Two years later...the man still gots it. For inspiration on tech and just...wow...video, this man is your one stop shop. Although he doesn't post daily, his vlogs are ALSO a great window into his behind the scenes processes with shoots and just...fun! The Anna Edit - Let's change the pace just a little, shall we? Anna Newton is a small business bombshell, with a TOTALLY different speed. The daily life of this British business owner consists of organization, make-up, health, friends, family and...you guessed it...vlogging. So, why is she such an inspiration? In her vlog, she'll take you behind the scenes of working with larger brands, endorsements, writing her first ever book (bought it!!! It's amazing!! I feel so organized!!), and so much more. She focuses more on the balance of life and business...which, incidentally, is her business. For a breath of fresh air, and to feel like you're slowing things down just a tad, Anna is your gal. ​Behind the Brand with Bryan Elliott - Have you EVER wanted to take a sneak peak into the workings of some of your favorite brands? (ME TOO!! Ps...this is also why I love shows like "The Profit" with Marcus Lemonis.) In "Behind the Brand" Bryan Elliott takes you on a tour through the inner workings of the brains of folks like Casey Neistat...lol, Simon Sinek, Seth Godin and Demi Lovato (she's a brand too!). It also goes behind the scenes of brands like Toms shoes, Paramore, SoulCycle, Hootsuite, PatFlynn (OMG!), and hundreds more. Sure...these might be the beautiful beasts of business, but Bryan helps them become relatable. To tackle THIS channel, I recommend just pouring …