In Need of a Little Inspiration

Now and then, it’s not uncommon for people to search online for inspiration. Whether you need a little quote to pick you up or a good story to get the fire burning inside of you, sometimes you need a little help.

Luckily, there are many wise people and some great stories which can help you when you’re feeling a little bit deflated. Just searching quotes can be a good start, you’ll find examples such as Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s who said: "What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed." Or Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb who said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." Did that help? If not here’s a couple of other stories to try and inspire you.

There are the lesser known people, (but you’ll know their brands) who you can certainly learn from, take Saviero Pugliese for example, who was working as a beverage distributor before going on to create Skinny Cow. He had to try different approaches and change the branding before it went on to be the well-known brand it is now.

Sergei Brin, the co-founder of Google, has helped so many of us and revolutionized the way we work, the way we search and even can bask in the knowledge that everyone says ‘google it.’ However, it’s not this innovation which is fantastic, but the way Google has helped to inspire modern corporate culture, having slides, nap pods, solar powered frisbee parks, massage rooms, unlimited free food and happiness into their office.

Richard Branson is without a doubt an inspirational figure, running 400+ companies is obviously an achievement in itself, but he also managed to enjoy his life at the same time. Having started Virgin from scratch back in the early ’70s, he didn’t have the net-worth he has now, but he has always had fun and enjoyed himself, he has a great attitude and is the definition of success.

Harry Potter creator J.K Rowling conceived the idea of Harry and his pals whilst on a train in 1990. By the time she finished writing the first book seven years later, her mother had died, she had divorced and lived in near poverty. , but despite this, she persisted with her dream. She is now a billionaire and was the first author to become one.

Stephen King is another one who was rejected over and over again, in his book ‘On Writing,’ he says: “By the time I was 14...the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.” He was also broke and struggling but went on to be a huge success.