When this whole entrepreneur thing becomes overwhelming, take a break and look for some much needed motivation. And what better way to find inspiration than watching movies?
With that in mind, here are 10 movies that every entrepreneur needs to watch:
1. The Social Network: It was no surprise that The Social Network was a blockbuster when it was released in 2010 – everyone wanted to see how Mark Zuckerberg became transformed from a Harvard student to launching the most popular social-media network in the world. Why watch it? The film gives viewers a better understanding of how to make a startup succeed by exhibiting such qualities as being flexible and resilient.
2. Pirates of Silicon Valley: This was a made-for-TV movie released in 1999 that covers the early days of the country’s leading technology hub and the eventual rise of both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. The documentary-style movie provides an interesting take on the lives of the founders of Microsoft and Apple. Why watch it? Entrepreneurs are still looking for inspiration from these two iconic “pirates.” It definitely provides pointers to learn from.
3. Moneyball: You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s. Because the team didn’t have the finances to spend on players, Beane had to discover a unique way to compete. Why watch it? Beane had to be innovative. And that’s one of the most-well known traits of entrepreneurs: figuring out how to make something better. Also, Beane never listened to the naysayers and never backed down from his vision.
4. Wall Street: In 1987, director Oliver Stone made Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) one of the most infamous characters in cinema history with his motto “greed is good.” The film centers on the illegal and unethical decisions made by Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) to become filthy rich like Gekko, a corporate raider.
What watch it? Don’t sell yourself out just for the sake of money. Remember, being an entrepreneur isn’t just about becoming rich and famous.
5. Rocky: This is another film that everyone has to watch at least once. Sylvester Stallone wrote and starred in this ultimate underdog tale of Rocky Balboa going the distance with boxing heavyweight champion Apollo Creed.
Why watch it? Even when the world tells you that you’ll never have a chance to succeed, keep fighting. That competitive spirit can take you a long way. And I dare you to listen to the classic score from Bill Conti and not become motivated.
6. The Wolf of Wall Street: The story is inspired by the real-life story of stockbroker Jordon Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Belfort launches a firm which engages in illegal and unethical trading activities to profit at the expense of its clients. But the companies corrupt trading practices eventually make it focus of both the Security Exchange Commission and FBI. Belfort eventually agrees to turn on his colleagues in a deal with federal authorities, but the breaks the agreement and is given jail time. Why to watch? For entrepreneurs, the lesson is simple. Profitability is not something to be pursued at the expense of your customers.
7. The Aviator: Another Leonardo DiCaprio film, “The Aviator” is based on the life of millionaire entrepreneur Howard Hughes. Building on a business created by his father, Hughes, portrayed by DiCaprio, exhibits determination and vision to grow his company is unexpected directions. Why to watch? Far from simply a wealthy business CEO who delegates everything, Hughes demonstrates curiosity and passion in all his projects.
8. Startup.com: The documentary looking at the rise and fall of a dot-com startup, govWorks.com. From rising millions in funding to its eventual end, govWorks.com was eventually a victim of the first internet bubble. The movies follows company founders Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman through the founding of their company which eventually raised $60 million in investment.