7 Inspiring Blogs to Motivate Action & Growth
It’s important for all of us to have role models and sources inspiration. As I have very little time to read these days, there are only a very few blogs I take the time to visit a few times a year. The ones in this post are the ones I refer to often and wanted to share them with you because if you haven't come across them before, these are people who will truly inspire and motivate you, both for your business and personal growth.
Obviously your role models and sources of inspiration will depend on what’s most important to you. I tend to gravitate to the work of people who dedicate their lives to doing what they love and/or have a desire to make a difference. It’s not only refreshing but it opens up new perspectives ––and it’s contagious!
Marketing expert Seth Godin writes posts that are to the point, perfectly succinct and effective. He is the author of 10 bestsellers on marketing and entrepreneurship, such as Tribes, Purple cow- Transform your business by being remarkable, and All Marketers Tell Lies.
I read Seth's Blog every morning and I find it lifts me up, often makes me laugh and most importantly to me, makes me think about things from a new perspective regularly. He covers a wide range of business topics and key issues in entrepreneurship. Most of his posts take less than five minutes to read, and it's worth the time! If you are a business owner and haven't started reading him yet, I recommend you subscribe right now.
I love the energy on this site. Women who Start Up brings “collaboration and rapid-learning to female entrepreneurs and innovators who are committed to building successful companies.” Their monthly blog features inspiring interviews of female business leaders from “Build Your Dream Network” author Kelly Hoey, to Apps without Code CEO, Tara Reed.
3 | Yellow Co.
I absolutely love the mission behind Yellow: "Empowering creative, entrepreneurial women to become agents of good." They have a blog, a membership platform and host events (and I can't wait to get to the conference one day!) The blog covers everything about entrepreneurial and creative life and discusses how to get the most from life at the same time.
My favorite recent post: How Yellow Members Raised $3,000 for Human Trafficking with 30 Days and One Outfit
If you want to make an impact with your business, this is a good place to find lots of inspiration. This blog consists of articles and interviews from creative and innovative female leaders which are always inspiring. The mission of the foundation is to empower women entrepreneurs so the whole site is worth checking out for resources aimed at starting and running a business. I always enjoy the books on their reading lists too, like this recent post.
Greater Good magazine is published by the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley. Their content explores "the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life." I find the information here useful, especially regarding new research and how it applies to daily life.
6- Penelope Trunk
This blog is not for everyone! I know some find her abrasive but I find Penelope's frank, no-holds-barred style refreshing. I love people who say what they think and manage to do so with humor. She writes about a range of topics including career advice, productivity and entrepreneurship. If you haven't visited her site before, I recommend starting with Penelope's Guide to Entrepreneurship. On another topic entirely, I enjoyed her ‘Blueprint for a Woman’s Life‘ post.
7- Brené Brown
Brené Brown is a researcher who studies human connection. Her 2010 TED talk is one of the most watched talks on Ted.com and I have been following her ever since I watched it. It’s been exciting to see her message grow. It's a powerful one: "Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver." Her teaching can be applied to everything from health to career and purpose. Her blog inspires you to being more purposeful, brave and intentional in all things.
What are your favorite blogs and resources for inspiring action? I’m always on the look out for more. Please share yours in the comments below.