As digital media evolve, so does the type of content that appears on one of its most used channels, social media. There are billions of people connected today via social media thus creating a global digital hub of people from all around the world irrespective of distance. It has since become clear that communicating to the world’s population in an instant is most effective over social media.
This is the sentiment and formula that is agreed upon by world leaders, and the select few that want to make the world a better place. The latter includes positive influencers, motivational speakers and inspirational entrepreneurs. It is for this reason that social media not only serve as a space for content dump but a platform to be used to seek out stimulating dialogue on things that matter.
There’s a lot of negativity on Instagram and Snapchat, but if you follow the right people, they can totally inspire you!
- Daily Dose (Instagram- @dailydose)
Tim Karsliyev, founder of Daily Dose, has a 200+ million network on Instagram that can reach one out of four people using Instagram. Today, Daily Dose is one of the biggest (and first) motivational accounts on Instagram. Daily Dose spreads influential messages that reach millions daily. He created Daily Dose because he believes we have a duty to act—not talk, not think, not imagine, but to step up and make a real difference.
- Jessenia Vice Gallegos (Instagram- @jesseniavice)
Cover Girl, Survivor, fitness enthusiast and singer/songwriter are just a few of the “titles” that define Jessenia Vice. She turned her life around with a dedication to fitness which saved her life twice : during a childhood battle with obesity and after leaving an abusive relationship as an adult. She has been featured on Maxim Magazine’s cover, participated in brand shoots for Circo, and runs popular lifestyle podcasts and web series. Her platform empowers women, speaks to the hispanic community, and advocates for victims of domestic violence.
- Hannah Bronfman (Snapchat and Instagram- @hannahbgood)
Not only is this cool girl a DJ, but she also created HBFit.com, a site dedicated to leading a life you’re proud of. Her social accounts contain workouts and yummy (good-for-you) meals, and her drive in general is motivational. Hannah’s workouts are no joke and she’s an adorable badass!
- Richard Branson
The founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson uses social media to share his strategies for success, business tips, motivational quotes and images of his work-hard, play-hard lifestyle. Boasting more than 10 million followers, Branson is the No. 2 influencer on LinkedIn after Bill Gates.
More than 9 million people follow Branson on Twitter, where he recently said, “If you think you are always right, you will never listen, never learn and never improve.” And the images of Branson’s adventures on Instagram will inspire you to work harder, so you can afford your own great experiences. Maybe you’ll even become the next Branson one day.
- Chris Guillebeau
Chris Guillebeau writes about entrepreneurship, personal development and travel on his blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, and in his books. On Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, he offers tips for figuring out what you want in life, creating personal freedom and achieving goals.
Guillebeau recently offered this advice on Facebook: “To know when to give up on something, ask yourself two questions: Is it working? Do you still like it? If both answers are yes, never give up. If both answers are no, give up immediately. When the answers conflict, think long and hard about which answer you’d like to see changed.”
- Melissa Stewart
Melissa Stewart is the founder of SheOwnsIt.com, a website that supports and connects women entrepreneurs. Women looking for tips on how to succeed and grow their businesses should follow this leader on Twitter.
Stewart shares links to articles about women entrepreneurs that inform and inspire. She also posts motivational quotes, such as, “If life is what we make it, why not make it amazing!”
- Jay Shetty
Jay Shetty is a self-proclaimed motivational & lifestyle vlogger, presenter and former monk – or so does the moniker on his website read. Jay Shetty is more than his self-proclamation, he brings thought-provoking ideas to millennials using the one channel that is unlike any other currently used today to connect and network – social media. So it is appropriate that his website also describes him as, “Jay is Silicon Valley meets human consciousness. He brings together the millennial, the meditation and the media.”
He is the king of Youtube with all of the cinematic style philosopher voice-over he uses in his videos but most importantly because he aims to bring positive change to the world through dialogue…through asking the right questions…and through awakening.
One of my favourite videos by Jay Shetty is titled, “Famous Failures before Success.” In this video, he discusses our ability to over romanticize the idea of success and inherently forget that failure and trials are only mere stepping stones and not end points.
- Price Ea
Prince Ea, also known as Richard Williams is the king of Facebook. He uses this medium to promote love and dialogue on positive change. He self-identifies as a poet, filmmaker, and speaker.
With a love for Hip Hop, he started off his career in the music industry as a rapper. However, after going through that lifestyle and discovering it wasn’t for him, he self-taught and began to read old and modern texts on spirituality. He has now since combined both elements of music and spirituality teachings to express stimulating thoughts and ideas that engage his audience through formats such as rap, and spoken word.
- Nathan Chan
Nathan Chan is a young entrepreneur whose big idea of bridging the gap between famous and successful entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Ariana Huffington with young aspiring entrepreneurs landed him a spot on this list. Nathan is the king of Instagram because he used this platform to grow his idea into an empire.
With periodic digital magazines, podcasts and various entrepreneurial courses and tips, Nathan Chan has not only provided access to famous founders but has without a doubt created the ultimate success story of how thoughts become things.
Originally from Australia, the creation story of Foundr, his digital magazine, started while Nathan was working a 9-5 job, where he got inspired due to a lack of content and access available on the creation stories of famous brands, entrepreneurs and products etc. So, he implemented Instagram to connect with his audience and today he has grown a globally recognized empire that congregates both successful and aspiring entrepreneurs. In addition, he now uses his Instagram channel to connect his audience with quotes that are meant to inspire and motivate. Some of my favourites are below.
- Chrish Legend
Starting out young; currently at the prime age of 20, this YouTuber is fairly new to the industry. Luckily though his age plays upon his strength. Most other motivational YouTubers just don’t understand the real life struggles of those in their 20s. Chris Legend offers life advice and motivation on relevant issues to those of a younger demographic. Sex, careers, happiness, money, workouts and social anxiety — Chris discusses a wide range of topics that fit the needs and desires of those of a younger audience. The way he projects his voice is similar to that of Elliot Hulse, with a strong emphasis on time and urgency.