If you’ve ever been in the gym, you’re aware of the equipment but also the speakers. The music blaring overhead through the workout intended to motivate and push you. Everyone needs motivation and not just inside the gym for a workout. Music impacts and can improve our mindset. There’s a playlist for the gym, why not have an entrepreneur playlist?

Being an entrepreneur requires a lot of motivation. Entrepreneurs lead lives that seek to push past the status quo and lead and build their own businesses. Doing this takes a lot of support and a lot of reminders. And depending on the type of entrepreneur you are what works for someone else might not work for you. You probably have your favorite songs that help you push when things seem impossible, but if you don’t here’s a potential playlist for you.

There are many types of entrepreneurs and a wide variety of music. Knowing this, we’ll be providing several playlists over the next few weeks for your entrepreneurial ears. If you’re a business-driven entrepreneur this first list is for you!

Songs of Dreams and Ambition
Entrepreneur dreaming
Entrepreneur dreaming

Billionaire by Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars:

Hearing this song, a person can’t help but find themselves singing along. Not only will you be singing, but you’ll be dreaming as well. With business on your mind, a Forbes cover undoubtedly might be a long-term goal of yours. For this song, it’s about more than just the money but why you seek to be different. Wanting to make a change in the world. “Oh, every time I close my eyes. I see my name in shining lights…oh, I, I swear the world better prepare for when I’m a billionaire.” If you feel like you can only imagine, don’t worry because imagining is a great place to start. Imagine the world preparing for your business to become more than just a dream.

Fly by Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna:

The chorus rings out, “I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive. I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise. To fly.” “Everybody wanna try to box me in…’Cause I am not a word, I am not a line. I am not a girl that could ever be defined. I am not fly, I am levitation. I represent an entire generation. I hear the criticism loud and clear. That is how I know that the time is near..”

There are so many gems in this track. As an entrepreneur, people may want to put you in a box, but everything you do is different. The entrepreneurial route has also become a path for a new generation. Also, this song reminds you of who you are and what you and your business came to do.

Forever by Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem:

“It may not mean nothing to y’all. But understand nothing was done for me. So I don’t plan on stopping at all.” Many people won’t understand why people choose the path of entrepreneurship. But you didn’t choose this path to be understood, so no need to stop now on that account. Most entrepreneurs must create the process for themselves, but that is what makes the successes feel all the greater.

Moment 4 Life by Nicki Minaj feat. Drake:

“I fly with the stars, in the skies. I am no longer trying to survive. I believe that life is a prize. But to live, doesn’t mean you’re alive.” … “Greatness is what we on the brink of.” When you’re building your business, it’s all about the grind. However, when you’re getting closer to actualization of your dream, you find yourself near greatness. You truly become an entrepreneur that isn’t scraping by but truly living out your dream. Finally getting to that place, is truly a moment to hold onto and strive for, for life.

Songs of Perseverance
Entrepreneur persevering past trials
Entrepreneur persevering past trials

Make the Money by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis:

This song encourages you to remember your original goals and desires for success. “Make the money, don’t let the money make you. Change the game, don’t let the game change you.” Although a song, it’s a great reminder as an entrepreneur you’re forging your own path. Additionally, don’t allow the drive to make money make you change your goals and direction.

Lose Yourself by Eminem:

“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment. You own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” Also like Eminem in his iconic drive for success, entrepreneurs sometimes have once in a lifetime opportunity. It takes perseverance and sometimes you must push every moment while shaping your business.

The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes:

“If you fall pick yourself up off the floor. And when your bones can’t take no more. Just remember what you’re here for”… “Then they’ll say to me, say to me, say to me. There goes a fighter.” Being an entrepreneur has many rewards. However, it’s not an easy path to entrepreneurship and sometimes you’ll get knocked down, but this song will remind you to keep fighting.

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton:

Can’t hold us is a lot of fun and may even have you dancing, but the chorus could be everything you need. “Can we go back? This is the moment. Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ’til it’s over. So we put our hands up. Like the ceiling can’t hold us.” There is truly no ceiling that can stop the work you can do as an entrepreneur. And if you feel like there is a ceiling, fight right through it.

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This article originally published on GREY Journal.