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Music to Listen to Before Making a Tough Decision

You face tough choices on a regular basis as you navigate the path of entrepreneurship. For those times you might need some musical motivation or just a song to clear your head. These songs will do just that.

CEO Playlist

Tyler Balliet, founder and president, The Second Glass

"Rocky is the eternal underdog. This song is used in his training montages. I rock this song when I want to fly past all the hard work, montage style, and just get to the women, booze, and glory part! Rocky is every start-up founder!"


The Doors "Break On Through (To The Other Side)"
There's no reason to "run and hide" from something that must be taken care of, so why not simply "Break On Through (to the other side)," like The Doors sing. This song gives you that boost to make that next important move.

Bob Dylan "The Times They are a-Changin'"
It's up to you as an entrepreneur to actually make decisions that coincide with the changing times, no matter how difficult they may be. As Dylan advises, "You better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone..."

India.Arie "Strength, Courage & Wisdom"
This song is a confidence builder; discovering something that you had all along, and bringing that strength to the surface. Believe in yourself, that's what the talented Arie is telling you to do.

Yoli "Ain't No Stopping Sunshine"
Another confidence-boosting song, especially good for if you're down. If you have lost your direction or lack of self-esteem, this tune will help you remind yourself of how you're bright like the sun.

Christina Aguilera "Fighter"
All the experience you have when it comes to making decisions, whether good or bad, they made you who you are today. You survived, you're stronger and you're a "Fighter." You are ready for damn near anything in your path, no matter the difficulty. That how this song should make you feel.

Michael Jackson "Beat it"
Don't let any decision defeat you. Being a successful entrepreneur is about taking risks and learning from your mistakes. As Jackson sings, "Strong is your fight. It doesn't matter who's wrong or right."

Merv Griffin "Jeopardy Theme Song"
When you hear this song and you immediately think that I have to decide quickly because time is running out. So make that move...the clock is ticking!

Last updated: Jul 18, 2011

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