Mondays Inspiration #1

I realise that a lot of you work from offices and for bosses who you may not particularly like, or you may just not particularly like the fact that you don’t have the freedom that other people have in freelance or entrepreneurial positions or whatever it may be. And because I know Monday is a downer (Weekend hangovers, work, stress) I’m introducing ‘Mondays Inspiration’

It is basically a reason to live, because I know some of you need it on a Monday! It’s inspiration from books and articles I read online, from some of the worlds greatest minds, not in business, but in lifestyle. Richard Branson, while in business I suppose, is also a leader in lifestyle. If he was really ‘working’ all the time, he would have cracked years ago. He is doing what he loves, which is why he can do it all the time.

So here, I offer you an excerpt from his latest book ‘Business Stripped Bare’ which I’m currently reading.

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And it’s, as usual, awesome. Here is an excerpt that might inspire you to just do your own thing, do what you love:

‘So, let me spell it out. Entrepreneurship is not about getting one over on the customer. It’s not about working on your own. It’s not about looking out for number one. It’s not necessarily about making a lot of money. It is absolutely not about letting work take over your life. On the contrary,  it’s about turning what excites you in life into capital, so that you can do more of it and move forward with it. I think entrepreneurship is our natural state – a big adult word that probably boils down to something much more obvious like ‘playfulness’. I believe that drudgery and clock-watching are a terrible betrayal of that universal, inborn entrepreneurial spirit.

For centuries – and certainly since the Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century – industry has swallowed lives and, in turn, helped to give business a bad name. Men and women have had to conform to a mechanical model of work. They have been treated like cattle (literally, in many cases) Within my lifetime, upheavals in politics, science and technology have changed the nature of work, especially in the developed world. For some of us, it is our incredible good fortune that we are all having to think less like employees, and more like entrepeneurs. The era of ‘jobs for life’ is over – at last!”

That’s a small extract from the book, but it gives you a good idea on how one of the greatest minds in ‘business’ today, thinks and also let’s you realise that you cannot start anything with the sole thought of making money. It’s about doing something you are passionate about, and having money come naturally from that. I’m loving the book, and if you enjoy that sort of thing you’ll also love his autobiography ‘Losing My Virginity’ as well as ‘Screw It Let’s Do It’ also by Richard.

Check them out!

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