The 12 Days of Inspiration: The 2021 Vision Board for Entrepreneurs

Need a big fat dose of “You Got This!” motivation? Here are some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs sharing their advice for entrepreneurs.

Noi Louden
Founder

With 2020 in the rearview (finally!), we’re diving into 2021 whole-heartedly, with positivity, intention, and gratitude.

 

In honor of our “out with the old, in with the positive” mindset, we created a series of videos about Entrepreneur Inspiration — to get us all primed and ready!

Join us and get ready to take on everything 2021 may offer, challenge, and reward us with. Find that nugget of wisdom from world-renowned, uber-successful entrepreneurs in this collection of 12 short, original videos that will kickstart your motivation.

Let’s look forward (definitely not back!!) and kickstart your new year with these inspiring quotes from successful entrepreneurs.

NOTE: If you can, watch these videos with sound. I specifically created each video to try to foster brainstorming… I just added natural ambient sound, and no music, so nothing would pull your attention. So you can watch ’em and think… dream… plan… and envision how you can — and will! — make your dream into your reality. Enjoy! 🙂

Day 1: Adventure
– December 25th –

Entrepreneurship is learning, thriving, conquering, failing, recouping and having a ton of fun.

“Our fear of the unknown and our fear of making mistakes trick us into focusing on what we don’t know or can’t do. When we give ourselves the freedom to be uncertain and less than perfect, then we can start thinking, ‘What do I know? What can I do?’ That’s when the adventure starts — learning, thriving, conquering, failing, recouping, and having a ton of fun.”

Kristin Smith

COO, Fernish.com

Day 2: Heart
– December 26th –

Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Steve Jobs

Co-Founder, Apple

Day 3: Believe
– December 27th –

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do.

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve”

Mary Kay Ash

Founder, Mary Kay Cosmetics

Day 4: Once
– December 28th –

A lot of really great, innovative things have happened when people just didn’t know it wasn’t supposed to be possible.

“A lot of really great, innovative things have happened when people just didn’t know it wasn’t supposed to be possible.” “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”

Drew Houston

co-founder and CEO, Dropbox

Day 5: Survival
– December 29th –

Business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.”

Anita Roddick

Founder, The Body Shop

Day 6: Emerge
– December 30th –

Many people will not head down the street until all the lights are green. That is why they don’t go anywhere.

“Many people will not head down the street until all the lights are green. That is why they don’t go anywhere.” “When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.”

Robert T. Kiyosaki

founder, Cashflow, author, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad"

Day 7: Strength
– December 31st –

What you don’t know can ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”

Sara Blakely

Founder, Spanx

Day 8: Dig In
– January 1st 🎉2021!!🎉 –

Remember: every day is a new opportunity to get up and do it better than yesterday!

“One of the most important things I have learned is that businesses don’t fail, entrepreneurs give up. Now sometimes, giving up is the right decision. But usually, you just need to dig in and figure out how to make things better. Remember: Every day is a new opportunity to get up and do it better than yesterday!”

Adda Birnir

Founder & CEO, Skillcrush

Day 9: Farther
– January 2nd –

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.”

J.P. Morgan

Founder, J.P. Morgan Bank

Day 10: Succeed
– January 3rd –

You are not limited to only what you have been able to do before.

“You are not limited to only what you have been able to do before.” “Fail often so you can succeed sooner.”

Tom Kelley

best-selling author , & Partner, IDEO

Day 11: Now
– January 4th –

Today is your lucky day.

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.”

William Durant

co-founder, General Motors, Chevrolet

Day 12: Dream BIG
– January 5th –

This is for all the dreamers out there… for all the people who have a great idea but no clue how to start. Here’s my advice to you:

Sara’s New Year’s message via LinkedIn, January 2, 2021:

“This is for all the dreamers out there… for all the people who have a great idea but no clue how to start. Here’s my advice to you: It’s ok to start small. It’s ok to take teeny tiny steps in the right direction. You don’t have to raise millions in capital overnight (or ever). You don’t have to become a unicorn in a year. You don’t have to scale for the sake of scaling. Give yourself permission to start with one really great product or service. I started Spanx with 1 single product. No business plan, no marketing plan and no other ideas. The product was $20. That was it. Then… here’s what happened. I stayed super connected to the consumer and I listened.

I stayed focused on serving and delivering what she needed and wanted. I trusted the process. I didn’t feel the need to produce or create for the sake of growth (ever). I just grew as the ideas came.. and if you really listen with a service heart, they will keep coming. Focus on your purpose and your why. Keep your product and story at the center of your business… Fast growth can be fleeting. Creating a solid foundation of trust with your customers takes time. I’ve spent 20 years earning the customers trust. Take your time… just take the first step and remember to DREAM BIG. ”

Sara Blakely

Founder and CEO, SPANX

You Made It!

In case you didn’t hear it enough already… just remember: You’ve got this. As my mom always told me: You can do anything you set your mind to. Just decide what you want to do and take that first step. (And then the next. And then the next. 🙂 

Hopefully, this can inspire you as much as it did me.

While making each video, I was daydreaming about how I could look forward to the new year with positivity, intention, and gratitude, envisioning all the things I could to grow Bloggin’ Ninja. Hopefully, these videos and this Vision Board can give you that boost, that little bit of motivation that can help get you to your next of making your dreams a reality. 

Thanks for taking this journey with me. And remember:

You Got This!

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