We compiled a list of music to inspire you to be productive.

As an entrepreneur things get tough. Add to that if you are trying something new and it’s hard at first. It can be hard getting in the right mindset to knock out hours of work at times when there’s a lot on your plate.

Below are the top motivation songs I’ve procured to get and keep me in the zone. I’d love to hear what yours are, so leave them in the comments!

Music to Inspire Greatness

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

The takeaway, it’s NOW or never. We all have limited time. Goals are met with the decisions we make daily.

Work on yourself…daily. Work on your team…daily. Work on your goals…daily.

After a while, you will be much further along than if you only worked on these things quarterly, or when you look at your business plan in September and say to yourself “Oh S#IT”.

This is Me – The Greatest Showman

Okay, last song from this awesome soundtrack. The take away I get from this song is “you be you and I’ll be me”. Only after you are owning who you genuinely are, will you feel complete.  For most of my 10 years as an NFLPA Financial Advisor, you could find me by organically (I didn’t pay for it) searching for best NFL Financial Advisor.

Truth is, I was not happy dealing with agents who always wanted “something” in return or players who always wanted 25% returns with no risk. So when I retired in 2018, I felt more like myself. I didn’t want to be known as the “football guy” when I wasn’t happy in that arena. This is probably the only blog I get to also add “Eagles rule”. 

We Are The Champions – Queen

If you have a win and this song doesn’t make you feel even better, then you have a problem on your hands. I love the way this song makes me feel. It also helps that it is all that played in the Hubler household after the Eagles won the Superbowl, for probably longer than I’d like to admit. 

Bigger Than My Body – John Mayer

Most people have something they don’t like about themselves. It might be how you sound or your body type. This song recognizes that and says “do it anyway”. As Mr. Mayer says: 

Someday I’ll fly
Someday I’ll soar
Someday I’ll be
So damn much more
‘Cause I’m bigger than my body
Gives me credit for

Roar – Katy Perry

The music video to this is also motivating. It shows a shy girl who is in a plane crash and she becomes the king or “queen” of the jungle. Again, a very happy song that is filled with inspiration.

My Way – Frank Sinatra

No way a list of motivational songs could be compiled without this song from the Chairman of the board. Frank had a lot “spunk” and didn’t take crap from anyone. This song is a great anthem, especially if you are doing things in a way that is not what others are doing. I already told my wife, I want this played at my funeral. You are invited 🙂

Music for Positive Feelings

Elevation – U2

Not sure why this is motivating, but put it on and you’ll feel better. I promise. Not so much the words but how the music makes you feel. 

I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas

Tonight’s gonna be a good night. Celebrate your wins. See the success before you even start working on it. Champions are made ahead of time, with the work they put in that you’ll never see. Champions are not made when they get the medal. 

Have it All – Jason Mraz

If you have a family (or basically anyone you care for) this song recharges the battery of wanting more for them (and yourself). I find this to be a great song if you need some deep-rooted inspiration. 

I Lived – OneRepublic

We are on a journey. With a beginning, middle and end. This song reminds me of that. If you have kids, it will also make you feel honored to be able to help them in their journey. 

Fight Song – Rachel Platten

Being successful as a business owner can be a battle. Sometimes there are things you need to address that are ugly, hard and frustrating. Well, this song is for those times. We take the good with the bad, so get through the bad and own it once you see yourself succeeding. 

Music to Motivate Focus

Hang in Long Enough – Phil Collins

Some of us (and I’m guilty) have “shiny object syndrome”; we like to try new things. Sometimes we are on the right track but don’t spend the time to see any true success. When I left corporate America to become a financial advisor, I knew it would be hard. Did I think I’d get divorced, lose my Corvette or home? Nope. But I promised myself I would “hang in” and this song motivates me to do just that. Plus I am the biggest Phil Collins fan in the world and could have filled this entire blog with his and Genesis’ songs, but that would not relate to the non-fanboy’s out there. 

Eye of the Tiger- Survivor

If this song does not motivate you then you probably need medication. It’s a great way to get in the zone if you’re not feeling particularly productive on a given day. The song does its job. 

In the Air Tonight- Phil Collins

I think all NFL players have used this at one point or another in their pre-game “amp up“ routine. Why? It works. For me, if I need to get in the moment of kicking ass, this is the song. Once the drum fill comes in, get out of my way, or you might get hurt. 

The Champion – Carrie Underwood

I know there are a lot of NFL related songs. Deal with it; these songs are motivating and sports is one of the few places where you get instant knowledge of if you are good enough. If you don’t see yourself as a champion, get off the field. The same concept goes with business; if you see yourself succeeding, there is a much better chance that you will reach your goals. Doubt yourself, and there’s a good chance you will fail. 

Music to Inspire Grit

The Show Must Go On – Queen

S#it happens and you have a responsibility to your client, to your team, to your family, and to yourself. Put your big boy (or girl) pants on and get the job done. This song was sadly one of Freddy Mercury’s last and he knew he was dying when he wrote/sang it. Makes the song sadly better. 

From Now On – The Greatest Showman

If you haven’t seen the Greatest showman, stop right now. I’m not a big “musical” guy, but as an entrepreneur, you can’t help but see yourself as PT Barnum. Especially if you do any sales. A very motivating song that reminds you why are you doing this in the first place.  

I’m Still Standing – Elton John

Motivation is easy when things are good. It’s easy to be motivated when things are going well. This song helps me when things suck. Get back up and put on a brave face. As long as you’re “Still Standing”, what could go wrong?

High hopes – Panic! At The Disco

This is the newest one on my list. I love the words, the energy of the music, and the references to your parents believing in you before you did. 

Mama said
Fulfill the prophecy
Be something greater
Go make a legacy
Manifest destiny
Back in the days
We wanted everything, wanted everything
Mama said
Burn your biographies
Rewrite your history
Light up your wildest dreams
Museum victories, everyday
We wanted everything, wanted everything

Tubthumping- Chumbawamba “I get knocked down but I get up again”

Oldie but a goodie.

I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down

I bet you are singing it in your head now, aren’t you? 🙂

Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Kelly has lots of “get out of my way, I got this” type of songs and this one is my favorite. As we all know, you only get stronger when you push yourself to the limits. That works with working out and with your business dreams. There is a lesson in everything, especially the failures. But you must listen. 

A Million Dreams – The Greatest Showman

Okay, I said no more songs from TGS, I lied. This is great because the song begins with a young PT Barnum and then the adult (Wolverine) version comes in. If you are an entrepreneur you probably thought about being one since you were young. Own it. 

I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty

The first verse is all you need to get a little more “steele” in your spine. Remember, people treat you the way you let them. 

Well, I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down
No, I’ll stand my ground
Won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground
And I won’t back down

Music to Inspire YOU!

I hope these songs motivate and inspire you as much as they motivate me. I would love to know what songs motivate you that I didn’t capture.

Let me know in the comments and we’ll jam out together!

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