Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius

I’m a sucker for an underdog story.

Now, I’m not a ‘cry at the movies’ type of guy. But every time ‘Rudy‘ comes on and they cheer him onto the field, I start balling like a baby. Now it isn’t because I’m a guy and it’s a football movie, it’s much more than that.

It’s about a kid with few natural gifts and very little means who dreams big. He gets knocked down over and over again. Yet, he still gets up ever time. No matter how many people tell to quit, he never does.

Sound familiar? To me that’s the story of the struggling small business owner. That’s the story I love. The story I relate to.

My point:
We each find inspiration in different ways. For me, it may be watching a movie or reading a business biography. The trick is to find what inspires you and to leverage that energy to keep yourself going.

For many people, this is can be an extremely difficult time of the year. The holiday season has past, the credit card bills are coming in, our diets our slipping, the days are short and gloomy — and we’ve got the whole year ahead of us. It’s daunting.

So if you find yourself feeling unfocused or uninspired — take some time this week to reignite your love. Revisit your favorite books or movies. Call up a mentor. Use every took at your disposal to stoke those fires so you can tackle your work with zeal.

Don’t let yourself go into work dreading the week ahead. If you aren’t having fun, step back and figure out what you need to do to change that dynamic.

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