Although it is usually less rewarding and fulfilling, going to a job and collecting a steady paycheck is almost always easier than starting and running a business.

So, you’ll need some inspiration to motivate you to take the initial leap and keep on going.

Check out the various sources of inspiration I compiled below.

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Business biographies offer us insights into how the best in business got to the top.

There are plenty of lessons to be learned.

Check out a few of my favorites.

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Good blogs are an excellent, free source of insight and inspiration.

There is no shortage of them on the web today.

These are a few of my favorites.

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Keeping up to date with old-school publications can help you develop a new idea, hone an existing one or inspire you in other ways.

Here are a few of the most popular business publications.

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A relatively new medium, podcasts can be created by anyone and about anything.

This means there are good business podcasts and bad business podcasts.

Here are a few that I put in the good category.

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Audio versions of your favorite business books are great while on long car rides or during a workout.

This post highlights the best ways to listen to them and recommends a few of my favorites.

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Music has little to do business.

However, when you are seeking inspiration, it can come from a number of places.

Here are a couple of stories of music artists that inspire me.

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A good TED Talk is an excellent source of inspiration in under 20 minutes.

There are lots to choose from.

Here are a few of my favorites.

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Effective keynotes speeches are intended to get an audience amped up and inspired.

Youtube provides a vehicle for good ones to live on in infamy.

Here are some examples of some excellent keynotes.

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Commencement speeches are given as college grads begin the next chapter of their lives.

They are meant to be inspirational.

Here are a few that are truly effective in their mission.

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Social media makes following your favorite entrepreneurs easier than ever.

In this post, I highlight some popular entrepreneurs and offer links to their social media accounts.

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It is such a great time to be in business.

There are many reasons for this, but having the power of social media available is at the top of my list of reasons.

Check out and find inspiration in this list of companies who are using social media the right way.

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