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Superstar Success: How to Motivate Yourself Through Music



Hello! My name is Molly Blaskiewicz, and I am a Scholar of Marketing at the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. I am currently in my sophomore year at Wilkes University working on my courses as a Marketing major and a History minor. In addition to my work as a Kirby Scholar, I am also an Admissions Ambassador and a member of the Honors Program at Wilkes University.

Throughout my time as a student, I have found it difficult to stay motivated, especially in the cold beginnings of the Spring semester. Sometimes, I would rather cozy up by the fireplace and watch my favorite show than work on my assignments. As nice as that may sound, lacking motivation can cause a lot of stress. There are many ways to motivate yourself and reduce stress, but my favorite method is listening to music.

Listening to music is something we all do in our daily lives. For some people, listening to music is simply a way to make a morning commute less boring, but for others, music is a creative window to a world of ideas. Whether you choose to soundtrack every activity with a playlist or stick to your morning radio, the right song can help you to achieve your goals.

So, how do you choose the perfect song? In my personal experience, I find that it is best to establish what mood or vibe you are searching for before picking a song. If you are looking for a way to energize yourself for a productive day, start your morning with an upbeat tune. Dancing, singing along, or listening to a happy song can get your blood flowing and give you a much-needed serotonin boost to fuel your creativity.

The next step I follow is to create a playlist for every mood. Having all my favorite songs in one place makes it easy to find exactly what I am looking for. By organizing motivational songs into one playlist, I can avoid becoming distracted by skipping songs that do not fit my working mood. Similarly, I have a separate playlist of instrumental and classical music for times when I am unwinding or focusing on studying. Although these styles of music work well for me, it is important for you to find music that suits your own tastes and caters to your lifestyle.

Lastly, I think one of the most important things is to switch up or add to your playlists every once in a while. New songs can inspire you to come up with new ideas, and you may even find a song that becomes a favorite! There are so many different ways to discover new music, but my favorite way is a website called Discover Quickly (https://discoverquickly.com/). This website links to your Spotify account and allows you to hear snippets of songs you may like. To get you started, I made a list of my top 10 favorite upbeat songs that motivate me!

1. Music For a Sushi Restaurant - Harry Styles

2. You’re So Vain - Carly Simon

3. Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen

4. Successful - Ariana Grande

5. Butter - BTS

6. There She Goes - The La’s

7. Oslo - Anna of the North

8. Karma - Taylor Swift

9. Bam Bam - Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran

10. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post! I hope that I inspired you to create your own playlists to channel your creativity and motivation. Happy listening!

~Molly


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