10 Songs Female Entrepreneurs In Kenya Should Have In Their Playlist

As a female entrepreneur in Kenya, it’s imperative to stay inspired and motivated. Ladies face many challenges in the Kenyan business world and they should make sure this doesn’t bring them down. It shouldn’t deter you to stop moving and keep working hard. There are numerous ways of stepping back, taking a breather and getting your inspiration. You can work-out, relax with a loved one, get inspiration from other successful female entrepreneurs, work on a recipe if cooking is your thing (or baking like me ^_^), there are many things. One way I found that helps me out if I don’t choose any of the above, is music. I have a playlist of music that inspires me; and it consists mostly of songs from successful women (surprised you are – I know). I will share some of the songs that really motivate me and I know will definitely do so to most female entrepreneurs in Kenya out there.

1. “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child

This is an anthem for most people who were, and still are, Destiny’s Child fans. I love this song because it speaks to anyone who has struggled, and may still be struggling in different ways in life. It’s a mantra that one can repeat to stay strong knowing that you will make it through whatever challenge you are going through. It’s great for tough times and even those of failure. It helps you realize that you can survive through a lot.

Destiny's Child - Survivor

Destiny’s Child – Survivor

I’m a survivor, I’m not gon’ give up, I’m not gon’ stop, I’m gon’ work harder

I’m a survivor, I’m gonna make it, I will survive and keep on surviving.

2. “This Girl Is On Fire” by Alicia Keys

This is a great song from a favorite artist of mine, Alicia Keys. Women tend to sometimes criticize themselves and they don’t appreciate their achievements as often as they should. I like this song because it talks to women to appreciate their passion and drive, regardless of their challenges. Of course ladies, who doesn’t like to hear that ‘she’s on fire’? I know I do ^_^.

Girl on Fire (Courtesy: justjared.com)

Girl on Fire (Courtesy: justjared.com)

She got both feet on the ground
And she’s burning it down
She got her head in the clouds
And she’s not backing down

3. “Roar” by Katy Perry

I love this song because it has a certain honesty to it that many ladies can relate to. It describes a person who was passive and didn’t believe in anything and let things happen to her. She then realizes how her life is and decides to break free and change it. There are things that we should change or want to change in our lives that we never take steps to work towards them. We are passive about them and make excuses. This song inspires women to break free and change them; to become champions, to ‘roar’ and become their own heroes! That is definitely inspirational ladies, I bet you agree.roar - katy perry

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
You’re gonna hear me roar

4. “The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes feat. Ryan Tedder

This song is not by ladies, but I love it. It’s a great description of how one should never give up no matter how bad it looks. It’s a song about someone starting from the bottom without prospects and going through a lot. The song uses a fighter as a metaphor describing the person going through the challenge. The fighter doesn’t give up, no matter how hard the fight is. Until when he/she passes, people recognize that he/she is a fighter. You want to be the person who goes through challenges and never gives up. Until when you meet people, they recognize the fighting spirit in you. It’s a very inspirational song that speaks to entrepreneurs going through very tough times and are still fighting to keep going.

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Until the referee rings the bell
Until both your eyes start to swell
Until the crowd goes home
What we gonna do ya’ll?
Give em hell, turn their heads
Gonna live life ’til we’re dead.
Give me scars, give me pain
Then they’ll say to me, say to me, say to me
There goes the fighter, there goes the fighter
Here comes the fighter
That’s what they’ll say to me, say to me, say to me,
This one’s a fighter

5. “Superwoman” – Alicia Keys

I’m sure by now you have all noticed that I’m an Alicia Keys fan ^_^. This song describe the way one might feel sometimes. You may feel down, un-motivated and worried about a lot of challenges you’re facing as a female entrepreneur. However; you have to wake up, dress up, get out there and keep working – no matter how you feel. I’m sure a lot of us ladies do so and I do believe that makes us super women in our own ways. It’s definitely hard to keep going when times are tough and all is not well, but we look for the strength and we keep going. I like listening to this song because I feel like super woman when I do ^_^. Alicia Keys - Superwoman

Cause I am a Superwoman
Yes I am
Yes she is
Even when I’m a mess
I still put on a vest
With an S on my chest
Oh yes
I’m a Superwoman

6. “I Was Here” by Beyonce

I would like to also state that I am a Beyonce fan and have been since her Destiny’s Child days. A lot of her songs resonate with me especially the inspirational songs. This is one of them. Many female entrepreneurs decide to take that particular path not only to change and better their lives, but also to change and influence other people’s lives as well. We each want to leave a mark in our world so people remember we were here and we made a difference. This song voices that wish in us and it’s a very powerful and inspiring song. When I listen to it, it rekindles the fire that I have to make a difference in my piece of the world and I continue to work hard to achieve my goals.

"I Was Here" (Courtesy: misslynshue.com)

“I Was Here” (Courtesy: misslynshue.com)

I was here
I lived, I loved
I was here
I did, I’ve done everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know
I was here

7. “Live Your Life” by T.I. and Rihanna

As you live your life and continue working as an entrepreneur, you will at times encounter ‘haters’ and people who discourage you and criticize everything that you do. As much as you know you should ignore them, we are human and it hurts when people are negative towards us and say hurtful or hateful things. However; the only answer to such an issue is always to ignore them and to keep working. Being successful and achieving your goals is the best revenge you can get and this song speaks to that. This song tells you just to live your life and not worry about the haters out there; just to make your money. I think that is absolutely great advice from T.I. and Rihanna.TI and Rihanna

So live your life, hey
You steady chasin’ that paper
Just live your life, oh
Ain’t got no time for no haters

8. “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera

This is another favorite female singer of mine; she has an amazing voice and a lot of songs that I like. I particularly like this song because it also describes a challenging time of a person’s life. This song talks about when a person trusts another person and they let him/her down. This situation should not put you down or discourage you; it should make you stronger, a fighter. I also like that in the song, she says that she doesn’t hate the person who slighted her, and she wants to thank him/her. This song is a lesson, not to be filled with hate and revenge when a person hurts you. Work it out within yourself and if you can, forgive the person. Then learn from your mistakes; get smarter, stronger and more successful. This song is very inspiring to most ladies since we have all been through similar situations.

"Fighter" (Courtesy: wikipedia)

“Fighter” (Courtesy: wikipedia)

Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter

9. “I’m Gonna Be Ok” – Kalekye Mumo

This is currently one of my favorite songs by a female Kenyan artist. It’s a lovely song that describes a woman who has realized that no matter what has happened to her in her life, she will be alright. This is a great song for ladies who sometimes go through many challenges and they’re not sure they will come out successful in the end, especially in business. We as female entrepreneurs need to know that we will make it.

Kalekye Mumo (Courtesy: standard media)

Kalekye Mumo (Courtesy: standard media)

10. “Say Yes” by Michelle Williams, Beyonce & Kelly Rowland

I love this song for various reasons; some obvious – I’m a Destiny’s Child fan (reunion anyone?) and Beyonce fan (yup – I’m proud to say it!). I’m also a strong believer in faith and I am a Christian – Catholic to be precise. I thank God everyday for the strength he gives me to keep going and I believe strongly in his guidance. This song is upbeat and also great for anybody who has great faith in God and believes in his guidance. These three women are a great example of what faith can do in one’s life and the success you can achieve when you work hard and trust in God.

"Say Yes"

“Say Yes”

I’m not worried ’bout a thing
Cause I know You are guiding me
Where you lead me, lord, I will go
I have no fear cause I know who’s in control 

If you have any other song that is in your ‘power’ playlist that you would like to share, please feel free to comment below.

Keep working smart, stay inspired and keep the faith ladies ^_^

7 Maya Angelou Quotes That Inspire Any Female Entrepreneur

As a female entrepreneur who is constantly looking for inspiration, I like to read about great women who have made a difference in the world. I read about women from all genres or industries. The late Maya Angelou is one of the women whose story intrigued me. I also took a class once on African American literature and she was my favorite writer and poet. She suffered through many tragedies in her life and came through a better person.

Today I want to share some of her quotes that would be relevant to any female entrepreneur out there struggling through many obstacles. These quotes will speak directly to you. I hope they inspire you, they definitely inspire me.

 

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“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

This quote is self explanatory; if you don’t like the current state your life is in – change it. Sitting around and complaining how bad things are doesn’t solve anything, it just makes you a more negative person. Get moving and start changing your life in a positive way, step by step.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

Most people want to be successful in life; whether it’s as an entrepreneur or in your chosen career. The thing that most people forget, or ignore; is the effort required in achieving that dream. There are many obstacles and challenges before one attains success. Nobody should ever assume that it was effortless, if you see a successful person – they have gone through a lot to get there.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

This applies to an individual or a business. Especially when you’re dealing with your customers, you need to learn to listen to them and work hard to solve their problem. You should not do it just for the money, but because you want to help them. When you genuinely want to help a person and listen to them, they feel important and valued. This makes the person feel good and he/she will never forget you.

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” 

This is very true, to be an entrepreneur is to be courageous. It is to be brave and to act regardless of any fear or doubt you have. If you cannot be courageous, you can’t make it as an entrepreneur at all.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” 

This is another quote that is self explanatory. If you become an entrepreneur, you should start a business that you have a passion for. You have to like what you do, so as not to give up when the going gets tough. You have to like yourself by being true to yourself and constantly working hard to be a better person. You also have to do things in an accountable and correct way, so you can be proud of what you’re doing.

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” 

This quote is similar to the previous one, make sure you love what you’re doing. Don’t be driven only by money, make sure in whatever business you are doing, you’re solving a problem. Your business should be helping people and making their lives better.

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” 

This quote speaks to any entrepreneur that encounters failure in her/his business. As an entrepreneur, you will most definitely encounter failure in your journey. The true test of an entrepreneur is how you deal with the failure. You should learn from it and make sure not to repeat your mistake. Failure is important in an entrepreneur’s journey to success. I believe that it does build character and shows you what you’re really capable of enduring.

If you have any other Maya Angelou quotes you would love to share below, please feel free ^_^