5 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch
Through all times, sometimes what gives us a life into the life of entrepreneurs will usually be movies. These are some movies that we think all entrepreneurs should definitely watch that will completely change the way you think and act!
1) The Pursuit of Happyness
What should you do when your back is up against the wall? If you’re Chris Gardner, the founder of private brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co., you just work harder than you ever did.This biopic about Gardner’s life puts light on how the entrepreneur struggled with homelessness while raising his son as a single father in San Francisco. After his career as a salesman selling bone density scanners came to an end, Gardner was homeless, lived in shelters while he fought to get an internship as a stockbroker.
The film also packs in emotional punches, without any regret as it shows us why Gragdener’s wife leaves him and the IRS takes up his wages over unpaid parking tickets, and how he is left absolutely penniless. Through sheer perseverance, and hardwork things work out in the end: Gardner retains the stockbroker position and eventually launches his own firm.What the movie teaches you is to never be afraid to reinvent yourself and work hard for what you want.
2) Steve Jobs
The story of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ rise in the tech world has been well documented. After the entrepreneur’s death in 2011, Hollywood was quick to churn out three feature films about his life, including this award-winning drama featuring Michael Fassbender.
‘That most recent film takes a hard look at the entrepreneur’s personal and professional struggles. The film throws light on a side of Jobs, that we didn’t quite know existed – His paternity dispute over his daughter Lisa and his fights with co-founder Steve Wozniak and ex-Apple CEO John Sculley. Next, the computer company he founded after his ousting, which was later acquired by Apple, while restoring him back to the CEO position and his forced exit from his previous company are thoroughly examined in the movie.After his return, Apple would later go on to dominate the consumer tech market and release a series of innovative products, including the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Belief in your vision is what this movie teaches us.This serves as an important lesson for entrepreneurs facing tough business challenges and competing outside opinions.
3) Shawshank Redemption
Two imprisoned men bond over a period of many years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. The protagonist Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) manages to make the best out of a very bad situation (being imprisoned for a false murder). Through perseverance, he manages to achieve more than he ever thought possible. Morgan Freeman plays the other main character, and their chemistry is unmatchable.
One of IMDB’s best-rated movies of all time. Though a completely un entrepreneur movie, this movie teaches us that life is not always fair to us, but we have to be persistent about chasing our dreams. This movie also teaches us about respect and that what you give is what you get.
4) Pirates of Silicon Valley
Pirates of Silicon Valley is another well-crafted movie covering the successes of Bill Gates’ Microsoft and Steve Jobs’ Apple. Both revolutionised the tech world and this movie does a great job of portraying the disrupters as the people they were and the as the individuals they evolved to be. The movie focuses on the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates from their initial days. Must watch for inspiration and the understanding of sportsmanship.
The movie walks us through how these entrepreneurs never backed down from their goals. Steve Jobs is shown as obsessed with wiping away IBM, and is completely into learning and deciphering the language of computers to a point of excessive obsession. But the sheer excitement of his, paid off later on in his life.
Portrayed by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, the movie Joy, is dramatic and worth a watch. One of the most significant moment is when the protagonist is devastated to learn that her mop is underperforming on home shopping network QVC and will be taken off. In a desperate effort, she decides to pitch it herself on live television, debating that she knows her product is best. The gamble pays off, and after overcoming several more hurdles, her company finally broke through. She would go on to become a millionaire and create several other successful products.
What watching Joy will teach you is belief. Belief in your product.Make sure you love what you make, remember that you may have to be your own motivator at times, and never shy away from seeking out new platforms. Her continued belief in her product—and herself—ended up being her strength.
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