5 movies every entrepreneur should watch

There are many forms of inspiration and motivation. Watching movies is one of them and it’s so accessible to all of us.

Couple sitting on the couch eating popcorn and turning on the TV to watch a movie

In addition to entertaining and relaxing, movies allow you to stimulate your mind, learn new things, and take important messages for your personal and professional life. All of this from the comfort of your sofa!

Have you ever seen a movie that made you feel like a new person and gave you encouragement to get down to work? If so, you know what we're talking about. If not, maybe this compilation of movies can inspire you.

Check out our list of 5 wildly entertaining films inspired by real-life stories:

1. The Social Network (2010)

This movie tells the story of young billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and his journey as an entrepreneur and developer, creating his startup - Facebook - with the help of his friends and co-founders.

The movie is an example of how it is possible to take a simple idea and turn it into a giant and profitable business. However, every success comes at a price, and the movie also shows the challenges that Mark faced along the way, such as disagreements with his partners.

This is a good reminder, for both large and small companies, that the path to success has no shortcuts or simplifications.

Key topics covered: entrepreneurship, team work, hard work, overcome crises

2. The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)

Based on a true case, this inspiring movie tells the story of Chris, a single father of a 5-year-old boy, who faces serious financial problems. Chris tries to use his salesman skills to get a better job, but he only gets an unpaid internship. In the impossibility of paying their bills, father and son end up sleeping in shelters, hoping for better days. However, Chris picks himself up and works hard to make his and his son's life better.

This film shows the importance of dedication and hard work, regardless of the situation, as well as the need to adapt and face negative situations. Nothing in life is guaranteed, and you have to be prepared for everything. This film inspires us not to give up looking for our happiness.

Key topics covered: focus on goals, hard work, persistence, believing in yourself and the process

3. Joy (2015)

Joy is a creative young woman with a somewhat complicated personal life. However, her entrepreneurial spirit revolutionizes her future. Joy invents a miracle cleaning mop that turns into a sales phenomenon and makes her a successful founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

This film reveals the difficulty of starting an idea from scratch, the struggles that women face in the business world, the adversaries we encounter and the power of having good allies.

Key topics covered: women in business, entrepreneurship, importance of a product that meets a need, persistence, the importance of having good partners around

4. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Andy's life changes when she starts working at the fashion magazine ‘Runway’ as an assistant to the arrogant Miranda Priestly, a terribly powerful, experienced and influential woman who runs an entire industry. Inspired by the story of a woman who worked for Vogue's chief editor, Anna Wintour, this film shows how we can deal with tense situations at work and how it is worth persisting and working to achieve the dream job.

Priestly embodies the power of hard work, and the importance of knowing her sector. Andy represents the persistence to overcome problems and to balance two different worlds, in an attempt to achieve success and gain the trust of the people with whom she works.

Key topics covered: career development, persistence, hard work, sales techniques

5. Pain & Gain

Miami, 1994. Daniel Lugo is a bodybuilding instructor at a small gym in Florida who dreams of something bigger for his life. Along with two other bodybuilders, Daniel pursues the “American dream”. But he does this by kidnapping one of the academy's wealthiest clients to extort his fortune. Low aptitude for crime puts them in a difficult situation.

This is a story inspired by a real case of an unsuccessful kidnapping in the 1990s. Although it doesn't seem to have much to do with entrepreneurship, the story carries the message of pursuing our goals and, more importantly, of having good planning. The characters in the film were horrible planners. Perhaps if they had planned it properly, they would have achieved their dreams, even if those dreams were sinister.

Key topics covered: Pursuing our goals, dedication, the importance of good planning

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