Feeling deflated with failures or launches that didn’t ignite in 2014? Everyone has to experience failure in their lifetime, it is what we do of it – or what we become because of it – that sets the success stories apart from the rest. There is no better way to do this than to seek inspiration from those who have gone through their set of hardships and successes.
In this year end post, we’d like to invite you to have a look at 15 inspiring videos by 15 strong, charismatic, hardworking and experienced entrepreneurs who have gone the distance and decided to fall back and help the rest of us who are still running in the rat race.
If you have a startup under your care or want to take the entrepreneurial route, take some time to go through these short videos and get a bit of help from the experts.
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Guy Kawasaki is an award-winning author of 10 books, the creator of Alltop.com and the chief evangelist of Apple in the past. In this video he shares his entrepreneurial secrets, summarizing his top 10 tips for those who are starting a company. He says that the only thing to make profit is to create a meaning, and that the only way to create a meaning is to increase the quality of life (with your products or services), correct what’s wrong, and prevent the end of something good.
Richard Branson is an English business magnate and investor. He is best known as founder and owner of the Virgin Group which contains over 400 different companies. Billionaire Richard Branson believes people should be able to take time off work whenever they want – no questions asked. Also, he advises us to be a great listener, motivator, and be very good at praising and looking for the best in people.
Larry Page, one half of the founders behind Google is a computer scientist and business magnate. The tips he’s giving in this video were derived from his success story: Google. And despite the fact that this video is already 12 years old, these tips are still relevant today. For him, one should not be afraid to set aggressive and high goals as it will encourage more resourcefulness.
Susan Solovic is a Small Business Expert, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, and an award-winning serial entrepreneur. Susan Solovic’s keynotes are focused on women running small businesses. She describes the difficulties women face when entering the world of business and offers encouragement to those facing hardships in their endeavors.
Jason Fried is a co-founder of Basecamp, formerly known as 37signals. His business model speech gives fair advice to small business owners. He uses the analogy of running a business like a drug dealer. This speech may use humorous comparison, but it holds useful information.
Marc Eckō is an American fashion designer, entrepreneur, artist, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Marc Eckō Enterprises, a billion-dollar global fashion and lifestyle company. In this video he explains that a startup company is a journey, not a destination. Marc dispels the myth that everything will change once a company succeeds and says that business is always a struggle.
Jeff Bezos is an American business magnate and investor, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. Under his guidance, Amazon became one of the biggest retailers on the web. In his speech on passion he gives advice to young entrepreneurs: be clear with yourself to find what you really like and then follow your passion.
Aliko Dangote is a business magnate in Nigeria who owns Dangote Group. He is ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 23rd richest man in the world and the richest in Africa. Aliko Dangote is looking beyond cement, sugar and flour (the three commodities that he built his fortune on) and into the oil business. In this business speech he shares his easy-to-follow entrepreneur steps.
The Norwegian entrepreneur Max Gouchan began his own oil company at the age of 18 after dropping out a high school. In this video he shares the lessons he learned and the challenges he faced. Max Gouchan offers some tips that can be applied while starting your own business, or even in life in general.
Clifford Schorer, Ph.D is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in the startup acquisition and development of small- and mid-sized companies. He focuses on businesses with unique ideas or technologies that are in need of guidance during their initial growth phases.
Jessica Jackley, the founder of Kiva.org, an organization that facilities the transfer of money to entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing countries, explains how her model changed the world. She shares her own experience of growing a person-to-person micro-lending site from small.
Michael E. Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness based at Harvard Business School. In this video he advises the audience to set appropriate goals. The clients want something different and unique, so don’t fall into a trap and don’t just follow the latest trends in the pursuit to success.
Moscot Eyewear and Eyecare has been a New York City institution for nearly 100 years. In 1992 Kenny Moscot, eagerly entered the family business, with a degree in finance, opticianry and a passion for business. This 2-minute long speech discusses the role the government should play to help startups to succeed. As a business owner, he claims that it’s quite challenging to start a business and employ people when one if worried about taxes rather than producing results.
Kathryn Minshew is the founder and CEO of The Muse which offers free career advice and online classes. She understood from her experience that it’s important to choose business partners wisely, get agreements down in writing, and make web presence reflect the long term vision early on in a startup’s life.
Marshall Goldsmith is an American leadership coach and the author of management-related literature. He states that it’s important to do what you like and what is meaningful for you. In our rapidly changing world it’s critically important to consistently learn something new as well as to build relationships from all over.