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As Entrepreneurs, 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.
10) Jerry Maguire
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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:
“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.”
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.”
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.
“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! 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. 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?
A few months back I did an interview with Eric and Jarod of http://www.backofficelab.com/ about lifestyle and Entrepreneurship and finally got around to uploading it to my blog here and to be able to share it with ya.
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The first one should be my interview, you’ll see “Who Is Chris Hughes” there and can just click it to listen.
Over the last few months I’ve been actively building up my business, along with building up quite a few other things to be able to sell in a few years.What that meant is that I’ve ignored my personal blog here because it doesn’t directly put cash into my pocket.
I do however feel that it would be valuable for me to start blogging again, at least a little more than I have been. I’ve been learning a lot in business, marketing and advertising along with mindset training and of course I have been surfing everyday.
As of today, February 9th, I live on the beach in Costa Rica again. From where I’m sitting, I can see the ocean and hear the waves crashing. This is a shot from my living room looking out.
You can’t see the ocean from the picture, but it’s right on the other side of that little wall.
I’d love to have you listen to the interview and learn a little bit more about myself, how I’ve built up my ideal business and how you can do the same.
In the interview you’ll also learn where I was at when I was at my lowest and had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life. Click here to listen.
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For most bloggers one of the biggest concerns is how to get more traffic to your site. Which for some people might take a lifetime to get or some might take 8 months. It truly depends upon how much work you put forth in driving traffic to your site. I know for my blog Justicewordlaw Dot Com it took about 8 months to finally see traffic flowing in every day. But, it took a lot of work to get it to that specific level though. You have to think of your blog not just a blog but as a business. As a JOB! Which I know some people don’t want to think of because that is probably the reason you have a blog in the first place.
But, as I thought of it. I would not be late to a job, or try to leave early because I would get fired. That is the same mentality that I have for my blog as well. I will never have blog posts up late and I won’t short hand my readers as well because I care about each one of them and want to grow them not lose them. Which that is one of the first things to understanding in driving traffic to your blog is that your not writing for yourself anymore. Your writing to give people your opinion on various topics that you are passionate about and trying to convert them into a sale at the end using keyword marketing or social media.
Social Media is one of the best ways to get traffic to your blog. Make sure that you have the plugins (if your using WordPress) Tweetmeme Retweet Button, Facebook Share, and LinkedIn Share Button. You want to cover all social media platforms so that your readers have the ability to share your content with other people and bring more traffic to your site.
This is one of the easiest traffic methods but some people do not have them. I do not understand why though? Basic social media could get you at least 20 readers per post if you are consistent with it. Out of those 20 readers maybe 7 might subscribe to your Email Opt-in and out of those 7 people that do 3 of them might convert into sales for your blog. That is how you have to think of your blog as a business and then you would start getting more traffic and making money.
Other social media plugins to consider:
You want to watch and analyze the specific keywords that you use for your blog titles & pages. The question that you always want to think of is what would you like to be sited as when the major search engines crawl your site ? From there you then go to Keyword Tool and Traffic Estimator check to see how many searches that specific keyword or phrase is getting and analyze to see which one would be best for that page or blog post that you are going to be writing. Search engines crawl each page that you have and site for keywords, so if you go after non competitive keywords that most companies & bloggers are not going after you have a better chance of getting higher rankings quickly. Try to look at about 5 different keywords for either your blog post or page that you are writing for and make sure that you focus just on those and link on other pages or blog posts that are also bidding for those words.
Tip: Go to Google and type in those keywords or phrases that you want to be searched for and for each blog post or page that comes up within the top 15 searches you should be linking back to those for your site.
Building traffic to your blog is not an over night sensation. This is a job and a business in itself. But, the reward is going to be amazing if you stay consistent and you don’t give up. Building traffic is going to be the first of many stages for having a successful blog but when you put forth that work it will work out in your favor.
Collaboration is something that seems to be a major issue for Entrepreneur’s. We are often worried that “If I share my strategies with other Entrepreneur’s, won’t they steal my idea?”
The problem with that type of thinking is that you are coming from a mindset that is of a lack and you need to switch your mindset to one of excess. There is more than enough idea’s, clients and customers to go around and if you switch your mindset, you will notice that you have more than enough of all the resources that you need.
I used the collaboration of Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West in the song “We Run This Town”. In the video I get into details of how collaboration allows for you to have more exposure to your future customers. By collaborating as Entrepreneur’s and doing guest blog posts, creating products as a team, or even having a Mastermind session, we are able to leverage each and everyone’s network who is doing the collaboration.
It’s crazy how we feel that we can’t always connect with other Entrepreneur’s because they are viewed as our “competition” instead of as our potential partners.
The power of partnerships
Partnerships allow for us to leverage the strengths of other people. For example, here’s a story 🙂
Joe is an average guy who started a business taking wedding photo’s. Joe was a great photographer who was exceptional at capturing the perfect light and taking the picture at the exact time when the couple looks it’s best. However, Joe absolutely has no idea how he is going to find people who want to hire him to take their photo’s. Joe tries his warm market and soon runs dry of customers.
Joe heads to a meeetup.com group of business marketing professionals and meets Sam. Sam has grown up with marketing in his veins. He practically bleeds out amazing marketing campaigns. Joe and Sam decide to try out a little deal in which Sam gets 50% of the sale for all referrals he gives to Joe. Joe starts having people request his services at a boost of 10% in the first month!How awesome, what a great concept! However, there is a problem…
Joe can’t keep up with the new flow of customer’s!
Yes, this can happen. If you take the time to collaborate with people who’s STRENGTHS are your WEAKNESSES, then you can see a significant boost in your business. There really is no point in focusing on your weaknesses, if you suck at something then you should just collaborate with someone who’s great at what you aren’t! Focus on your strengths!
The world is an amazing place and the Internet allows for us to connect instantly with experts in any field. Just hop onto Twitter and you’ll see how many people there are that you can meet and eventually develop these relationships into partnerships.
Now, do like Joe did and start to play your strengths and find others to take care of your weaknesses!
Look at the difference it makes in the size of reach that the collaboration of Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West have…
All of these circles contain the individual reach of all these artists… Now look at what happens when they collaborate.
The dark area in the middle is where your followers will start to follow what the other artist’s are doing along with them still following you.
With Twitter, you will notice that you get more followers when you get Re-Tweeted by people who have large followings (10K or more followers)
Now how much more powerful will your influence be if you start to get followers and customer’s from your competitors.. You’ll gain more customer’s and more loyal fans!