2016 is just around the corner and what better way to the end this year and to start the New Year motivated about your entrepreneurship journey than with our selection of 10 of some of the best videos on entrepreneurship.
It’s been my observation that we see things not in terms of how they are but in terms of how we are.
Maybe entrepreneurship is no different from any other vocational pursuit but no matter how differently-coloured the lenses from which we each view entrepreneurship and contribute to its ecosystem may be, I think that some insights and experiences are common to all entrepreneurs at different stages of their personal lives and, by extension, business endeavours since entrepreneurship demands the “whole self”.
Remember that our entrepreneurial values are embedded in our 5 Pillars which are:
So I’ve developed a handy rating system that will let you know which one of these 5 pillars are activated by each video. Whether you’ve seen the videos before or some of them are new to you, you’ll draw inspiration from them, especially if you’ve changed since the last time you saw them. Each video is 3 minutes or shorter so grab some popcorn and a notebook and give your entrepreneurial mindset an audio-visual boost!
- Before you take the leap
If you’re still not convinced that entrepreneurship can and does change the world and that you have the potential to be a great entrepreneur then watch this motivational video by Grasshopper. Granted, it was contextualised for an American audience but its message is relevant for anyone around the world. This video will remind you that you’ve got what it takes, and that, in fact, you’ve never lost it.
- When the going gets tough
Whether it’s the video above, a positive opportunity or negative circumstances that get you to become an entrepreneur, in the early days you’ll have moments when you feel like giving up and here’s a word of advice when you feel like doing so: DON’T. In the movie the Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith portrays the struggles of real-life-stockbroking-entrepreneur-and-billionaire-philanthropist, Chris Gardner, in a way that will make you realise that your challenges are not worth comparing to. He was a divorced, indebted, unemployed and homeless single parent – ‘nuff sed.
- The early days
The worst is behind you (or is it?) and now you need to know the do’s and don’ts during the early days of running your business. Watch these for some great tips.
How not to Network
Challenges of Scaling Up a Business – Vern Harnish
The 10 Reasons Businesses fail
- Learn from the best
How much is a relationship? What would you pay to be mentored by Rapelang Rabana, Elon Musk, Tony Elumelu or Mark Shuttleworth? Mentors are great for investor introductions, networks, advice, encouragement, praise and the occasional reprimand.
Simon Sinek: Why Reciprocity Improves Mentor Mentee Relationships
The Importance of Mentorship | The Top Tips
Steve Jobs on Failure
- Get bigger…not big headed
These videos explain how and why humility will help your business.
Leadership Takes Humility Harvard Business Review
Ivey | 60 Second Entrepreneur: Melinda Lehman – Humility
- Be a continuous contributor
With all the great tips from these videos success is inevitable. So why not use the success from your entrepreneurship journey to inspire and support others on their journeys too? Then send us the video link so we can share how you did it in next year’s Top 10 review!