Let's face it - it can be difficult to become (and stay) motivated.
For instance, when you finally wind down on one project, another is just ramping up. Or, you think you're on the right track with a concept then you have a conversation with the customer and everything changes. Moments like these are when we need the kind words and guidance from those who know better.
Luckily, many of the greatest leaders today share their wisdom online through social media to help inspire us. This month's edition (check out last month) of top people to follow on Twitter brings to you ten of the most inspirational and motivational individuals on Twitter - guaranteed to make you feel unstoppable.
Now get to it!
Here's who to follow on Twitter when you need some help getting through your day...
1. Simon Sinek; @simonsinek
Best-selling author and inspirational speaker
If you don't know of Sinek already, you're missing out. He's written multiple incredible books on leadership and success through a psychological and emotional approach. Much of what he tweets about speaks to business organizations and the ways in which individuals much work together and understand each other in order to find success. Take a moment to reflect with Sinek.
A team is not a group of people that work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other.— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) November 17, 2014
2. Marc and Angel; @marcandangel
Full-time students of life & admirers of the human spirit. They have spent the past decade studying and writing about what it takes to find happiness, love, and peace.
Marc and Angel are constantly sharing helpful tidbits of advice and guidance on life. The inspirational duo may not speak directly to business-type situations, much of their advice can be translated to your work-life. Whether it's finding ways to harness your creativity, controlling negativity or fresh starts - you're sure to find motivation in their tweets.
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Just because it's easy, doesn't mean it's worth your while. Do what's right, not what's easy.— Marc and Angel (@marcandangel) December 15, 2014
3. Jack Dorsey; @jack
Co-founder of Twitter and founder of Square
Dorsey's tweets aren't what you'd expect from a successful software entrepreneur. Take a look at his tweets and they're a combination of original and retweets focused on current news, inspiring and touching stories, moments of appreciation. While his tweets aren't outwardly inspiring, they force you to take a moment and reflect.
Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's most powerful female pharaoh. Smiling forever pic.twitter.com/lQHjQEcgde— Museum Archive (@MuseumArchive) December 12, 2014
4. Ali Brown; @AliBrown
Entrepreneur, mentor, angel investor (and mom of twins!) helping women around the world step into redefined business leadership.
Brown is a Jane-of-all-trades who's Twitter is chalked full of motivational quotes, success tips, and inspirational stories. While she does use the platform to broadcast her fair share of self-promotion, much of what she talks about is focused on instilling confidence in her followers, specifically women.
“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~Ayn Rand— Ali Brown (@AliBrown) December 8, 2014
5. The Huffington Post; @thirdmetric
Redefining success beyond money and power, to include well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving.
The Huffington Post has an online section of their newspaper titled, Third Metric. Much of their tweets revolve around well-being, especially in terms of office life. Help yourself in dealing with the daily office stresses with great articles from the Huffington Post.
When, how, and how often to take a break http://t.co/e7nkZWJPiU— Third Metric (@thirdmetric) December 15, 2014
6. Russell Simmons; @UncleRUSH
Entertainment and Lifestyle Business Mogul
Simmons may come as a surprise on this list - who knew a Hip Hop entrepreneur could be so inspirational. Aside from tweeting current news and stories important to himself, Simmons broadcasts many uplifting and motivational thoughts and quotes that will surely get you through your day.
You have to start before you can succeed at anything.— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) December 15, 2014
7. Debbie Ford; @Debbie_Ford
#1 New York Times best-selling author and international recognized expert in the field of personal transformation and human potential.
Ford is an amazing author who says the evolution of one's own soul is "a lifetime process" guides followers on this journey in nearly every word she tweets. Looking to Ford is a guaranteed way to boost your morale and motivate yourself to continue forging ahead.
"Having a vision, objectives, and goals supports us in knowing which choices we need to make."— Gifts of Debbie Ford (@Debbie_Ford) December 15, 2014
8. Leo Babauta; @zen_habits
Creator of Zen Habits. Vegan, dad, husband.
Zen Habits is a blog dedicated to finding "simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives." Babauta's Twitter is essentially a broadcast platform for Zen Habits, which publishes a couple articles a week on: simplicity, health & fitness, motivation and inspiration, frugality, family life, happiness, goals, getting great things done, and living in the moment.
Notice small lovely things in every moment. Instant day enhancer.— Leo Babauta (@zen_habits) April 6, 2014
9. Daniel Pink; @DanielPink
Author of 5 books. Father of 3 kids. Husband of 1 wife. Host & co-executive producer of Crowd Control.
If you're looking for office life motivation and productivity hacks, then look for further than Pink. Along with tweets about Crowd Control, Pink focuses on tips that help you get through your day-to-day, from health (in the office) to productivity to happiness (in the office). Pink is a great person to take a break with and revitalize your focus.
Study: Productivity of days drops 1.7% for each 1°C (1.8°F) increase in daily average temperature above 15°C (59°F). http://t.co/u5GYrMk98n— Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) December 15, 2014
10. Dalai Lama; @DalaiLama
Someone who, certainly (hopefully) needs no introduction, the Dalai Lama is the quintessential motivational speaker. If the Dalai Lama can't get you back on track, I'm not sure who will. While most of his tweets are inspirational and reflective, rather than motivational and proactive, they still produce solid ground for you to reflect and take a moment to yourself as you move from one task to the next.
Affection, warm-heartedness, that makes us happy; wealth alone can’t do that.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) November 21, 2014
Who do you look toward for inspiration and motivation? Share your comments below!