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Top 10 Movies For Entrepreneurs

As Entrepreneur’s one thing that can be extremely valuable to us is watching movies to get in the zone and ready to kick ass and take names.

I’m not sure about you, but I know that when I’m not feeling 100% ready to kick ass, I sometimes need a boost in motivation. That’s when certain movies come to mind.

I wanted to put together a list of the top 10 movies for Entrepreneurs so that I can share my personal favorites with people. You may not agree with any of the movies, or you could agree with all of the movies.

Everyone is different so your movie choices might be a bit different. No worries. Let me know in the comments below what movie you would remove from my list and what your list would include so that others can see a wide range of movies and get ideas.

This post was written mainly as a way of getting yourself motivated when you just don’t feel like getting shit done. Maybe you’ve had a bad day, week, month, year. It’s all a part of Entrepreneurship.

The truth is that Entrepreneurship is hard. One month you could be on top of the world and the next month you could be thinking “what the fuck was I thinking doing this?”

That’s the beauty of it. It’s a constant battle, but it sure is fun as hell.

Anyways, here’s my top 10 movies for Entrepreneurs.

10) Jerry Maguire

 

9) Office Space

This 1999 comedy from Mike Judge focuses on Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston), who eventually discovers how much he hates sitting inside a cubicle taking orders from his creepy boss Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole). I remember first watching this years and years ago.

My dad was working at IBM and was driving over an hour to and from work every single day. Not that it happened, but I pictured my dad being stuck in traffic just like Peter was every day. I then pictured him sitting in his office and not really living being happy with what he was getting done every day. This is in no way accurate to what my dad was doing, he appeared to have really enjoyed his job and I’m glad he did.

But, I knew that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to sit in traffic everyday, or to sit in the same cubicle every day.

Funny thing is that now I move condo’s or countries almost every 3 months like clock-work. Clearly I took this to heart and now strive to find new “offices” every few months to keep my excitement level high.

Why watch it? Every entrepreneur hates working for someone else and it shows you what it’s like living a “normal” life.

 

8) Glengarry Glen Ross

“PUT. THAT COFFEE. DOWN. Coffee is for closers only. You think I’m fuckin’ with you? I am not fuckin’ with you.”

Need I say more?

This movie is great to remember competition and incentive that decides who is the best.

In today’s day and age with everyone getting participation medals just for showing up, this movie stands out.

While many parents reading this may think “my child participated, so they should get a medal” I say that they shouldn’t. This movie is one of the biggest reasons why.

Competition is essential to growing up and becoming an adult. In the real world no one gives you a participation medal just for showing up for work. It’s your job to do that.

Competition drives innovation. It is the reason for all of the crazy cool gadgets and inventions that have come about over the history of time.

Yeah I hear ya “but my child is young and I want to build their self-confidence”… who cares.

Self-confidence is built by losing and acknowledging you lost. It’s built by learning from that loss and taking what you learned to be better. To work harder, smarter and to improve. Trophy’s are supposed to be EARNED.

That’s why I like this movie. The sales competition shows exactly why people work hard.

First prize is a Cadillac El Dorado, second prize is a set of steak knives, third prize is you’re fired.


7)Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness is based on the story of Chris Gardner and his struggles to chase his dream while raising a son.

The majority of people today view Entrepreneurship as a super fancy lifestyle and good things happening all the time.

This story shows the truth of the matter.

At the beginning, life absolutely sucks.

People tell you that you can’t do things and life proves it. Failure is a common thing you learn to live with, but every single day you get up and work to chase the dream.

Will Smith does a great job with showing the struggle and as you guessed it, eventually finds massive success.

Why watch it? Even though he became homeless and struggled to provide for his son, Chris never gave up on his dream. That passion and sacrifice is something every entrepreneur should be willing to embrace.

6) Boiler Room

As a son, I understand what the main character in this movie was going through. Seth Davis, a Queens College dropout wants to impress his father and enters the world of stockbroking.

For young Entrepreneurs out there, you are going to face a lot of moral dilemmas and the way you deal with them is going to shape your future. The way that this movie showcases that is terrific.

Seth learns about the behind the scenes business that is happening at his company and has a choice to make. The choice will determine his fate.

There’s a ton of great quotes throughout the movie about the importance of hustle and the mindset it takes to be rich… some of my favorites are listed below:

“They say money can’t buy happiness? Look at the fucking smile on my face. Ear to ear, baby.”

“Anybody who tells you money is the root of all evil doesn’t fucking have any.”

“There’s an important phrase that we use here, and think it’s time that you all learned it. Act as if. You understand what that means? Act as if you are the fucking President of this firm. Act as if you got a 9″ cock. Okay? Act as if.”

 

5) Blow

Blow is based on a true story and the life of George Jung.

Sure, it deals with drugs and is not the best message ethically, but we’re using these movies to motivate ourselves and show what is possible.

George started off selling marijuana as a small time operation and then at his height it was rumored that he handled about 85% of all the supply of cocaine in the 1970’s.

Talk about impact.

Going from a small time man to one of the most influential people in his market is HUGE no matter what you’re dealing with.

 

This film is all about how he did it. There’s a LOT of messages in this movie.

4) The Social Network

Of course you knew the story of Mark Zuckerberg would be in this.

It is the story of how Mark became transformed from a Harvard student to launching the most popular social-media network in the world.

Why watch it? Sure it was super dramatic and over the top at times (hey, it’s Hollywood), but damn they did a good job showing the drive it takes to succeed.

Every time I watch this movie it motivates me to be a better entrepreneur.

Some of my favorite quotes from the movie include:

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“Sean Parker: You don’t even know what the thing is yet. How big it can get, how far it can go. This is no time to take your chips down. A million dollars isn’t cool, you know what’s cool?

Eduardo Saverin: [Sarcastically] You?

Sean Parker: [the scene shifts back to the deposition room] A billion dollars.”

“Ma’am, I know you’ve done your homework and so you know that money isn’t a big part of my life, but at the moment I could buy Mt. Auburn Street, take the Phoenix Club, and turn it into my ping-pong room.”


3) Limitless

Every single person I know who has watched this movie wants NZT.

That’s how good this movie was.

It’s the story of a deadbeat writer who discovers a mystery pill that helps him access more of his brain. Suddenly his life turns around and his life drastically changes over the course of a month or two. It’s everyones dream.

One thing that interests me about the movie is the desire for knowledge he develops. Language learning, taking care of personal health and working hard become a common thing for him after he was just a lazy writer who would get drunk in the middle of the day.

While you can do this without the pill, are you willing to?

Some quotes I liked:

Eddie Morra: What’s the asking price?

Realtor: $8.5 million.

Eddie Morra: I’ll take it.”

“Your powers are a gift from God or whoever the hell wrote your life script.”

2) Forrest Gump

Who doesn’t love Forrest Gump?

It’s the story of a simple man with good intentions, who accidentally becomes insanely successful by just living his life the best way he knew how. He wins medals of honor, becomes a college football player, becomes a professional ping-pong player, owns a huge shrimping company and inspires people everywhere.

What I love about this movie is that it shows that anyone can have this level of success. You just have to try.

 

1) The Wolf of Wall Street

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
― Jordan Belfort

This is the story of a guy who went from nothing to something HUGE. Sure some of the stuff he did was illegal, alright, the majority of the stuff was illegal.

The simple fact that he built up such a massive company and inspired all of those people is what a true leader does. Entrepreneurs know this and do this. They take an idea and turn it into a reality.

“Act as if! Act as if you’re a wealthy man, rich already, and then you’ll surely become rich. Act as if you have unmatched confidence and then people will surely have confidence in you. Act as if you have unmatched experience and then people will follow your advice. And act as if you are already a tremendous success, and as sure as I stand here today – you will become successful.”

― Jordan Belfort

 

What would you add to the list?

Costa Rica Sunset

Costa Rica Sunset

 

So I decided to take my camera out to get some pictures of the sunset and ended up deciding just to record it.

Why would I record it instead of just getting a picture?

Well, many of you have not been down here yet to see a Costa Rica sunset and it’s absolutely beautiful. So I decided to do the next best thing, which was to record the sunset (It’s about 7 mins long) and get the sounds and the entire feel of what it’s like to sit on the beach with your toes in the sand, the sounds of the waves crashing and the beauty of the sun setting over the ocean.

Have you seen any beautiful sunsets? Where was it?

Leave your comments below!

Do You Know How Much Time You Have Left?

The other day I watched the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake.

I have heard that the movie was really good from quite a few different friends so we decided to watch it.

DAMN is this movie pretty crazy.

The concept behind it is quite scary, but is fairly accurate if you look at it from another perspective.

In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and is on the run with a hostage – a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.

Basically, all of the people in the movie are given “time” and that is the only form of currency.

You need to get a cab ride? It’ll cost you 15 minutes.

You need to get food? That’ll cost ya an hour.

Each of the things you need to get will cost you minutes of your life.

What would you do if you knew the exact amount of time that you had left on this Earth?

Would you make it count?

I was pretty impressed with the way that the movie was put together and how interesting the whole concept was. It really made me think about what I was doing with my life and if I was doing things that would be truly impactful on this earth.

Am I using my time in the most beneficial way possible? Are there other ways that I should be spending my time each and every day?

What do you think of this, have you watched the movie?

OMG You Want To Sell Me Something?!

I came across this video from Joe Polish and absolutely had to share it.

Some key points I took away from this:

The definition of selling from Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach:

Selling is getting someone intellectually engaged in a future result that is good for them and getting them to emotionally commit to take action to achieve that result.

hmm….

getting someone intellectually engaged in a future result that is good for them and getting them to emotionally commit to take action to achieve that result.

That sounds like a scam!!!!!

Wait, no it doesn’t… that actually sounds like selling could be useful!

As a salesman(or saleswoman) we are responsible for helping people achieve results that will positively impact their lives. Sure, we could be assholes and try to sell them shit they don’t need so that we can make a couple bucks, but I personally don’t like the idea of that.

My personal mission is to positively impact the lives of over a million people in my life.

It seems like the whole idea of selling is one of the best ways for me to achieve my life’s goal, right?

But selling is EVIL!

is selling evil

It can be.

Selling drugs is evil.

Selling snake oil is evil.

Selling people something that won’t positively impact a person’s life is evil.

Selling something that will produce a future result that is good for a person is not evil.

Image courtesy of winnond

Well, that is unless this person is all weird and doesn’t want to improve themselves.

If that’s you, then you should probably definitely stop reading my blog posts right now. I love doing stuff that will make me a better person in all aspects of my life.

Even if that means writing blog posts about how pick-up artists have taught me life lessons. (yes mom & dad, I read stuff about dating and picking up women)

Oxygen and selling

“Think about this: Just because the air outside sometimes gets polluted with allergens and makes people sneeze, should people give up on breathing? Is the logical conclusion that suddenly oxygen is evil?

Ridiculous.

Yet, when someone says, “Selling is evil,” it makes about as much sense as saying, “Oxygen is evil.”

You can’t survive without oxygen; likewise, no business can survive without selling. No free economy can survive without sales. Selling is the “oxygen” that infuses life into it all.”

This is such a good analogy to use. Sales is an essential part of life. Without it, we would have to rely on our own personal knowledge to buy everything. I know for a fact that I do not know everything although I would like to…

People LOVE to be sold

When you approach your market to sell, remember: People love to be sold, but they hate to be pressured. So out with the hype, arm-twisting and high pressure, and in with the proven formula that turns “selling” into a great experience for all parties involved and provides:

1. Education.

2. Benefits.

3. Value.

This really makes you flip the whole concept of the sales process on its head.

Instead of us being assholes and pressuring people into buying our shit, let’s just find the people who are actively looking for our stuff and educate them. We’ll give them stuff for free to qualify them and to show them we actually care about their success.

We’ll over-deliver before we even get any money from our potential customers and build a relationship with them. We’ll actually HELP them and in turn help them make a positive change in their life, even if they don’t buy from us.

How do we help people who don’t buy from us?

This is one of the problems that I help my personal coaching students with.

If you want to become one of them, click here.

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