9 Movies Every Entrepreneur Needs To Watch

If you are an entrepreneur or you are preparing yourself to become one, you must watch these inspirational entrepreneurial movies.

9 Movies Every Entrepreneur Needs To Watch  Pursuit of Happyness (2006) An inspirational movie based on the true story of Chris Gardner, who rose from desperate poverty and homelessness to become a Wall Street legend. Gardner's story is the story of how you can never give up on a dream regardless of what obstacles may come your way.  The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) The true story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio). The film shows the dangerous side of business success, as Belfort is embroiled in fraud, drugs and all manner of other illegal activity. While it is a cautionary tale, it also serves as an inspirational one for entrepreneurs – as Belfort rises to this position from meagre beginnings, starting off selling penny stocks and rising through the ranks of Wall Street using little more than his natural charisma and incredibly persuasive salesman techniques. There is plenty of wisdom to be taken from the story of a man who run the gamut of having nothing, having it all and then having nothing again. An absolute must see for anyone with aspirations towards big business.  Moneyball (2011) The true story of how Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane disrupted baseball by using computer-generated analysis to recruit players and build a powerhouse team. His use of overall career statistics to recruit players revolutionized baseball.  Office Space (1999) A perfect microcosm of the modern office cube farm - complete with disrespectful, clueless management and tedious, mind-numbing routine - that has created the rise of the modern entrepreneur. An inspirational tale of how one man leads an in-office revolution on a bold chance to break out of his existential workplace hell. Several valuable lessons in this movie including the value of daring to break free of your mind-numbing office job and follow your own path. Also carries a powerful message about the importance of wearing the right amount of flair at all times.  Steve Jobs (2015) A relatively unflinching look at Apple founder Steve Jobs, this movie details both his success and his failures, and his struggle to keep Apple a leader in tech innovation. Jobs' story is both inspirational to entrepreneurs and a cautionary tale of what happens when one man becomes the very soul of the business they founded - and what happens when that person leaves the company. A must-see for every entrepreneur.  The Social Network (2010) Although largely fictionalized, this account of the founding and eventual success of Facebook is an inspirational story of how true entrepreneurs face challenges. The movie teaches important lessons about the need to be resilient yet flexible enough to change direction when needed.  Catch Me If You Can (2002) When you hear Catch Me if You Can, you picture the successful con artist Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) deceptively charming just about anyone with his skill mastery. Based on a true story, Catch me if You Can is a classic film that exemplifies the entrepreneurial journey. It touches upon important themes like creative problem solving, turning something good out of a bad situation, and the good ol' hustle to reach success.  Limitless (2011) This thrilling film about a struggling writer, Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) will teach you something about taking shortcuts, quick fixes and the easy path to success. Eddie is sure he has no future as he is faced with unemployment and his girlfriend’s rejection. However, that all changes when an old friend gives him a mysterious pill that allows him to access 100% of his brain abilities. Stoked on the untested drug, Eddie rises to the top of the financial world, but terrible side-effects and a dwindling supply threatens to collapse his house of cards. Quick and easy fixes aren’t so easy after all, or are they?.  Whiplash (2014) A film about a promising young drummer who enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. This movie is all about pursuing your passion, self-motivation, to be pushed to ‘out-do’ yourself and finding the inner strength not to give up. Sources:  https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/top-10-movies-every-entrepreneur-should-watch-.html  http://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/10-movies-every-entrepreneur-should-watch.html  http://www.paulkeijzer.com/how-to-stop-failing-at-self-motivation-a-lesson-from-whiplash/
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