Are you looking for some inspiration to get the new year started?
I don’t mean making resolutions, I mean something to kick start your career, your life. Perhaps you need a coach, or someone to help you to get going on a project, take your career to the next level or in an entirely different direction. Maybe you’re just starting out and could use some advice on how to climb the wall.
That’s a recurring theme espoused by the inspirational people I’ve encountered over the past year. You have to be willing to climb the wall, for weeks, months, more likely years, in order to ride through the green pastures that lie beyond.
If you want some support getting there, here are some truly inspired people that can help you.
So, over the holidays, put down the book (you can always watch the movie), turn off the TV (use the PVR/DVR), and spend some time with these folks. Take a read or listen to some terrific podcasts. One after another, they’ll help you get your head in the game, and drive you to reach for stars you weren’t even looking at.
1- Lewis Howes – Lewis was an injured football player turned inspirational speaker and internet guru. He loves to teach and to help others. His podcast, the School of Greatness, provides really insightful conversation that makes you want to instantly change your life after listening. Check it out on iTunes. Once you start listening, it’s hard not to get hooked. Lewis Howes
2- Bo Eason – I found Bo through one of Lewis’s podcasts. He’s also a former football player, although Bo went all the way to pro with the Houston Oilers. Bo has led a life of greatness and now he likes to teach about writing your own personal story. Bo is dedicated to helping others tap the power of their personal story and become effective, persuasive communicators. Have a look at his YouTube channel, and also his podcast interview with Lewis Howes. Bo Beason
3- Richard Branson – Pretty much everything Richard Branson says and does is inspiring. Check out this quick read on how innovation is inspiring. Innovation inspires everything
4- Grammar Girl – Mignon Fogarty is fun to listen to as she offers so much help for those who are interested in learning. Her podcast covers a wide range of grammar-related subjects which are nice and short, much like a word of the day calendar. And, they’re informative and useful. Go grab some good grammar at Mignon’s podcast. Grammar Girl
5/6 – Oh to be that young again. With the world at our fingertips, we can all access information in a nano-second. We can even find perfectly good advice from perfect strangers.
Here are 2 outstanding posts that offer advice for the younger set (35 and younger) on what you should be doing to ensure a successful career. Take this stuff seriously and take control of your future. These posts offer a lot of insight, and for the younger crowd, they are truly inspired must reads. This one from Time Magazine and this one at Hubspot (via Katie Burke).
7- The Sales Lion – Marcus Sheridan loves to teach. He teaches what he learned when taking his pool company to success. He did it through inbound marketing; he taught himself, and now he teaches others. From the heart, because he really wants to help. Carrying the message of inbound Marketing to the world is what he does best. Have a listen to his story and then visit his site. The Sales Lion
8- Pat Flynn – With Pat, it’s all about Smart Passive Income. Pat is one of those guys who puts his money where his mouth is, literally. I mean, he loves to tell how much he makes through his online business, because his business is helping others make money. So, his proof is his own success. Check out Pat’s podcast on iTunes or on his website. Smart Passive Income
9- Vanessa Van Edwards is the Science of People. And, I’ll tell you, this is pretty cool stuff. How can you become the most influential person in the room? Build your charisma? Understand your body language and that of those around you? Master your people skills? Learn why the hands are the first thing people notice about others, even if it’s subconscious? It’s all fascinating stuff, and if you’re planning to take more control of your future, listening to Vanessa is a must. Not a believer? Start here, and learn about the science of the face and catch her inspired talk with Lewis Howes. Vanessa Van Edwards
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