I've been meaning to write this little post for a long time.
There are a few songs whose lyrics stuck with me and have helped me along my programmer-to-CEO journey.
I want to share them with you in case they might help you too, and to hopefully learn about others songs that inspire other entrepreneurs like me. Post yours in the comments! :)
Keller Williams - More than a Little
Lyrics that stuck with me (at 7:20 in the video above):
Work like you don't need the money
love like you've never been hurt
dance like nobody's watching
The idea is about passion: work on something you love, give it all you've got, don't worry about what others say. Money is a consequence, not a motive.
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals - Fight Outta You
The lyrics I keep thinking about from this song are these (at 2:44 above):
There's always someone younger,
someone with more hunger,
don't let them take the fight out of you
Helps me remember to stay hungry and fast on my feet even as we become bigger and more successful. You can't let your guard down! :)
Ayo - Life is Real
Lyrics that stuck with me (0:18 above):
Some people say that I'm too open / they say it's not good to let them know everything about me / they say one day they will use every little things against me / but I don't mind / maybe they're right / that's just how it is and I got nothing to hide / I live my life the way I want / I got nothing to hide / nothing at all / life is not a fairy tale / they should know that / life is real.
This reminds me that even if it's hard and embarrassing sometimes, knowledge is for sharing.
Michael Cera and Ellen Page singing Anyone Else But You by the Moldy Peaches
There are no particular lyrics from this song (aside from maybe we sure are cute for two ugly people), but the whole thing resonated with me as I think it teaches a good lesson about marketing. Here's two non-professional singers, with terrible audio, singing a song in which they have to speak really fast sometimes in order to squeeze all the words into it. By all accounts, it's rough, unpolished.
And yet, the whole thing is absolutely, totally endearing. This tells me that a good story, told with passion, trumps beauty/polish/finish every time. We were successful even if our website was SO ugly for the first two years, and even if our product doesn't let you align things properly and makes you create images that look totally unfinished. It's about substance over beauty.
I'll keep adding to this post as I think of more songs. Please contribute in the comments, I'm hungry for more inspirational songs! :)