Entrepreneurship is a hard path to follow professionally. Sometimes you will experience the best day ever and feel like everything is going in the right way, but you might have the complete opposite feeling the day after.

It is hard to see how things might not have gone the way you planned, especially when it comes to something that you have built from the ground up. Running your own company is mainly knowing how to deal with the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur – even the best of them have had their bad days too.

That said, ask yourself this in times of trouble: What keeps you motivated as an entrepreneur? Everyone has different ways of staying hungry and staying active, even when the situation might be difficult.

Before we share some ways in which entrepreneurs keep motivated in an everyday basis, it is important to note that there is no right way to find inspiration. This is a personal process, and everyone can carry out that process in their own unique way. Therefore, these tips are going to be kept as generally applicable as possible.

The first source of motivation is reminding yourself of the reasons why you started your business. Everybody has at least one reason, it does not matter if it is big or small. Whether you intended to make a difference in your community, or if you wanted to popularize an innovative idea, returning to your roots after moving to where you are now can provide some much need perspective on where to go next.

Secondly, surround yourself with passionate people. If you network and connect with people who love what they are doing, you can start applying their passion onto your own! Feelings are contagious, you can feel better about what you do if you see others enjoying what they do.

Finally, you can find inspiration by getting out there and experiencing new things. If this means going to a professional conference at your local chamber of commerce, or if it means attending a premiere at your local theatre, either could give you what you need to reinvigorate whatever you might be doing in your day to day routine!

by: Charles Jackson,
AFEUSA President

Charles Jackson President AFEUSA