Entrepreneurship is one of the more budding industries, but even so, many people fall off the wagon quickly. There are many rough patches along the way and many just want to give up when it gets too tough. But we believe that perseverance does pay off in the long run. All you need is a change in perspective and a desire to achieve what you want to achieve. And a great way to get into that motivated mindset is with a motivational movie!
You are going to need daily motivation to help you overcome all of the obstacles you will face in this line of work. And sometimes, it just gets so hard to even finish off a single day. That’s when you need inspiration.
Movies have been, and still are, a source of inspiration for many. Movies have the power to challenge our limits, push our understandings, and invoke powerful emotions. In short: Movies can help you become a better entrepreneur!
1. Nightcrawler (2014)
Nightcrawler is a movie for people with great vision.
This movie is little brutal, but Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting will keep you engaged. It’s about a struggling guy who is looking for a job but can’t find one. Instead, he finds a window of opportunity after witnessing a crime and decides to become a crime journalist.
This movie will teach you that with a little persuasion and drive, anyone can become anything. It will teach you how focusing on, and improving, your positive attributes will make you limitless.
Go watch this movie, and then come back and tell us you aren’t inspired. It’s not possible.
And without giving away any spoilers, here’s the last line of the movie:
“I will never ask you to do anything that I wouldn’t do myself.”
2. The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network was a Hollywood blockbuster.
It was based on the fairy-tale rise of Mark Zuckerberg and his startup – Facebook.
The Social Network remains a top choice for inspiration because of its deft storytelling and brilliant background score.This is a good movie on learning how to take your dreams and turn them into reality. The movie also teaches us a lot on how to scale a company from a dorm room to the most successful social media platform the world has ever seen! Although the accuracy of this movie has been questioned, it doesn’t matter, it is a great source of inspiration for all entrepreneurs.
Here is one of the best lines from the movie:
“The internet’s not written in pencil, Mark, it’s written in ink.”
3. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Pirates of Silicon Valley is another well-crafted movie covering the successes of Bill Gates’s Microsoft and Steve Jobs’s Apple.
Both were no doubt “great pirates” and this movie does a great job of detailing that. The movie is a take on the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates from the very early days.
Noah Wyle did a great job of portraying young Steve Jobs in this made-for-television movie.
And Anthony Michale Hall does a great Bill Gates. Here’s one of his quotes:
“Success is a menace. It fools smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
4. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Yes, it’s spelled like that. This is one of my favorite motivational movies, and one of the best movies ever on never giving up. Will Smith’s amazing portrayal of Chris Gardner will give you goosebumps. This is a movie based on Chris’s memoirs. It was a best-selling book and then became a blockbuster movie.
It adds in a gripping sense of reality that you don’t find in a lot of cheesy Hollywood movies. The movie features a powerful, yet simple message:
⦁ Never give up.
Here’s a great line:
“The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls.”
5. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
How could we leave out this one!? It’s one of IMDB’s all-time top 10 movies.
Here’s the story:
Two imprisoned men bond over a period of many years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. The protagonist Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) manages to make the best out of a very bad situation (being imprisoned for a false murder). Through perseverance, he manages to achieve more than he ever thought possible. Morgan Freeman plays the other main character, and their chemistry is unmatchable.
During one of their earliest conversations, Andy says:
“I guess it comes down a simple choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
So, there we have it! These are our favorite list of movies that we think every entrepreneur must watch!