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.
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.”
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.”
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! 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?