As an entrepreneur, learning never ends. From gaining insights on how to get your business rolling, to learning how to build a successful business, there’s always something to learn that’ll help in your entrepreneurial journey.
While it’s common to gain insights from books, seminars and enlightening articles written by experts, there are tons of movies from which you can learn a lot.
If you’re an entrepreneur, here are 7 movies with a lot of business insights. Take a break, see a movie and learn at the same time.
The Social Network was released in 2010. It tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, and how he became transformed from a Harvard student to launching the most popular social-media network in the world.
The film gives viewers a better understanding of how to make a start-up succeed by exhibiting such qualities as being flexible and resilient.
2. Wall Street
Released in 1987, the film centers on pursuit of power and success, through the eyes of Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), an ambitious stockbroker who navigates the economic rollercoaster of Wall Street, adopting the “greed is good” mantra.
This movie is a window into corporate finance, portfolio management, and capital markets. From the movie, one can learn that being an entrepreneur isn’t just about becoming rich and famous.
3. Office Space
If you hate being trapped in a 9-5 job, and you’re itching to go into entrepreneurship, then you should see 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).
The movie satirizes corporate culture of a 1990s software company, touching upon work relationships and office politics. It’s a good laugh and will definitely get you thinking about leadership, team-building techniques, and career development.
Thank You For Smoking is the perfect film for a marketing savvy entrepreneur or someone who wants to learn a few tricks on how to sell just about any product.
The film tells the story of tobacco industry lobbyist Nick Naylor who creatively spins arguments to defend the cigarette industry in the most challenging of situations. This is a great watch for those wanting to learn a few things about crisis management, corporate communications, PR and negotiation tactics.
This is a classic film that shows the beginnings of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as they built their technology empires in the 1980s. It highlights their rivalry, trials and triumphs, and the different ways the tech founding fathers operated.
You will see how a 20-year-old took on a huge corporation like IBM and learn the value of believing in your dream and following through with it no matter what. It doesn’t matter if someone copies your idea. What matters is the execution and how well you do it. Nobody can copy that. And when you’re just starting out, a little competition never hurts anyone.
6. Baby Boom
Baby Boom is a film about entrepreneurship as a path to better work/life balance. The film stars Diane Keaton as J.C. Wiatt, a career-driven Manhattanite whose life is suddenly turned upside down when she must care for a toddler left to her by a long lost cousin. Wiatt soon finds her fast paced career incompatible with her new-found role as a mother. Her solution is to quit and start her own company selling baby food.
The movie raises the issue of entrepreneurship as a path to making a living that fits your lifestyle. From it, you’ll get to know if starting a business really does permit more or less time to spend with family and other responsibilities, especially in the start-up phase.
Those interested in investment may enjoy 2011 documentary, Something Ventured. The movie follows the rise of venture capital firms which eventually funded and led in the development of companies like Apple, Intel and Cisco.
While you may never raise venture capital from these firms and may not even be a tech entrepreneur, the insights into investors and how they think should prove useful.
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