Being an entrepreneur was never been easy at all. A million obstacles seem to stand in the way each and every day. The naysayers and budget woes can be enough for the average person to give up. But an entrepreneur is not an average person. That means that even when times are tough, an entrepreneur must move forward.
A much needed motivation will help in a better way to get inspired and that can be found in watching movies. Whether it’s a heart-warming adventure, irreverent comedy or thought-provoking documentary, a movie can inspire and motivate a weary business owner.
Here is the list of few movies that every entrepreneur’s must watch:
- Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
This is a classic film that shows the beginnings of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as they built their technology empires in the 1980s. It highlights their rivalry, trials and triumphs, and the different ways the tech founding fathers operated. You will see how a 20-year-old took on a huge corporation like IBM and learn the value of believing in your dream and following through with it no matter what. It doesn’t matter if someone copies your idea. What matters is the execution and how well you do it. Nobody can copy that. And when you’re just starting out, a little competition never hurt anyone.
- Boiler Room (2000)
Every entrepreneur in business faces moral dilemmas at some point in their career. This movie is about a 19 year old college dropout, Seth Davis, who is faced with a dire moral issue. Seth rises to become one of the top brokers at brokerage firm J.T. Marlin, but something at the firm seems suspicious. What does he do when faced with the dilemma of money and greed versus morals and legality? What would you do? This movie will sensitize you to the very real struggle between right and wrong, money and greed and morality and legality in business.
- The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network tells the story of how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook while studying at Harvard and how he was later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and his best friend who was ousted from the company. It offers a glimpse of how Facebook began and reminds you that big companies often have small beginnings. Aside from that, you have Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant script, David Fincher’s perfect direction, and a great ensemble cast.
- The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort. It follows his rise and fall as an entrepreneur, and shows how his firm Stratton Oakmont engaged in penny stock trading and securities scam, drawing the attention of the FBI. Brilliantly directed by Martin Scorsese with stellar performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, and a spectacular cameo by Matthew McConaughey. Jordan Belfort is the perfect example of what an entrepreneur shouldn’t be. He was driven by greed, having little to no empathy towards the people he was duping, and lived a life of extreme debauchery which eventually led to his downfall.
- The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
This is an inspiring story of a struggling salesman, Chris Gardner (Will Smith), who losses everything, including his wife, house and money. Instead of wallowing in self-pity and defeat, Chris picks himself up, works harder and smarter than the competition to make life better for himself and his son. It’s a powerful motivational movie based on a true story that will give you goose bumps and help you see the value of having a good attitude and strong work ethic in the pursuit of happiness and a better life.
There are many important lessons any budding new entrepreneur can learn from these movies to get to the top, and more importantly what it takes to stay there.