When it comes to creating something new and exciting, everyone struggles. Everyone starts out with nothing other than an idea, and hopes to one day create something amazing from it. Not everyone can take an idea and turn it into a highly successful business, but those who have didn’t just get there by doing nothing.
Now, many successful entrepreneurs do what they can to use social media to inspire other aspiring entrepreneurs to be successful, as they one day inspired to be. Reading blog posts and books is one way to find inspiration to keep you going when things get rough, but sometimes you need a quick burst of motivation to help you make it through the rest of the day. That is why Instagram is a great social media platform for finding and following successful entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Simon Sinek and many more.
Here are some of the most inspirational entrepreneurs you should follow on Instagram to add more motivational messages and imagery to your daily feed. CEOs, business owners and more don’t just do business: they live the lives their hard work and successful businesses allow them to live.
1. Mark Cuban (@mcuban)
Have you ever wondered what it must be like to live the life of a Shark? Mark Cuban is more than just another Shark Tank star, though that might be what you know him best for. He is also the co-founder of Broadcast.com and an owner of an NBA team. His account features photos of him with some of the most successful people around, as well as some of the most inspirational messages he has for his followers and any aspiring entrepreneurs that might be out there watching.
2. Andy Frisella (@AndyFrisella)
Andy Frisella, like many other entrepreneurs out there, started his business endeavors from the bottom and worked his way up. What makes him different than other entrepreneurs you might consider following on social media, however, is that he does not hesitate to show his audience throwbacks of where he began. Frisella frequently shares photos on his Instagram account featuring images of where he was compared to where he is now. His account also includes motivational videos, if you ever need a quick pick-me-up on a Monday morning or often scroll through your Instagram feed looking for something to lift your spirits.
3. Richard Branson (@richardbranson)
Who says entrepreneurs can’t produce hard work with worthwhile results and still experience all the world has to offer? Ideas are nothing if you don’t turn them into real experiences. Successful entrepreneur Richard Branson “believes in turning ideas into reality.” His Instagram profile features videos and quotes like, “The sky is not the limit … I am.” He is an adventure seeker and frequently posts photos documenting his travels. His account is an ideal one to follow if you are someone who wants to learn how to balance hard work with being able to travel the world.
4. Simon Sinek (@simonsinek)
Entrepreneur, author and speaker Simon Sinek is a self-proclaimed optimist, seeking only one thing: to inspire other people to do extraordinary things. His TED Talk is the second most-watched on the site of all time. He wears many hats, but spreads his passion out evenly wherever he serves. His Instagram account is filled with the kinds of inspirational quotes, places and people that will make you wonder, “When will it be my turn to succeed?”
5. Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee)
Serial entrepreneurs like Gary Vaynerchuk are a no-brainer when it comes to deciding which inspiring accounts to follow on Instagram. His feed is filled with clips from his podcast, photos with him interacting with other successful business people, motivational quotes to help pick you up when you are feeling down and much, much more. Whether he shows you a speaking engagement or screenshots from podcast listeners thanking him for inspiring them to create and work hard, Vaynerchuk always has something inspirational to offer aspiring business owners.
6. Pete Cashmore (@petecashmore)
Entrepreneur Pete Cashmore is the CEO of a little company you may have heard of once or twice before: Mashable. The reason thousands upon thousands of Instagram users follow his posts is because he is not the kind of business person always looking to make a sale. As a CEO, he posts photos that document the real ins and outs of what it takes to run something as renowned and successful as Mashable. Don’t expect his feed to be all about business, though. Like any other account, there are a fair number of selfies and pictures of food. It’s a little bit like following one of your friends on Instagram, except you can only dream to snap selfies and eat where Cashmore can.
7. Bethenny Frankel (@bethennyfrankel)
Skinny Girl Cocktails founder Bethenny Frankel offers a unique, feminine perspective on what life is like as a successful entrepreneur. She treats her over 900,000 Instagram followers to not just inspirational quotes, photos and motivational memes, but also to behind the scenes shots of the various goings-on in her daily life. She is in her own way an expert marketer, incorporating branding into her posts in a way that not many others have managed to master. She is someone to follow if you are looking for accounts that are real, honest and depict the fun side of entrepreneurship (it’s not all work and no play, you know).
What kind of inspiration are you looking for? Motivational quotes? Quick videos? Photos of successful people hanging out together both at work and at play? These inspirational Instagram accounts will be able to offer you all of these things and more. Everyone is motivated or inspired by different things, but by using Instagram as a starting foundation, you are bound to find what you need in order to keep working hard and find success in your life.
Get a sneak behind the scenes peek at what it is like to live as a successful entrepreneur. You may not have the exact same skills or ideas as those who have come before you, but that doesn’t mean you won’t go far. Keep reaching. And don’t forget to follow these inspirational people along the way.