6 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch


1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2014)

This controversial movie might not have won Leonardo Di Caprio (playing Jordan Belfort) an Academy Award, but it sure can teach you valuable lessons about success, fame, fortune, greed and respect for law. As Belfort says, “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.” However, with achieved goals, money, power, fame, women and drugs comes many temptations that can jeopardize your success. Discipline and awareness is critical to retain any success you achieve.

2. The Social Network

Entertaining, instructive, lessons for entrepreneurship but a little over dramatized. Film was a huge success as everyone wanted to see how Mark Zuckerberg, being a college dropout went on to launch the most widely used social networking platform. The film gives a view about how to make a startup fully successful by being flexible and resilient in approach.

3. The Pursuit of Happyness

This is the story of a father and son, who can inspire any dead soul to start living again. Will Smith’s portrayal of Chris Gardner is so powerful that it can move anyone to tears. One major lesson that you will learn from this movie is that people will always tell you that something is wrong with your dream. Either it is unachievable or too superficial. But then you need to trust yourself and you are the one who knows you best, no one else does. A very famous dialogue of this movie was:

4.Catch Me If You Can

When you hear Catch Me if You Can, you picture the successful con artist Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) deceptively charming just about anyone with his skill mastery. Based on a true story, Catch me if You Canis a classic film that exemplifies the entrepreneurial journey. It touches upon important themes like creative problem solving, turning something good out of a bad situation, and the good ol’ hustle to reach success.

Topics covered include entrepreneurship skills, creativity and innovation, perseverance, business vision, personal sales techniques and entrepreneurial funding sources.

5. Forrest Gump

“Do what you love to do” A simple thing that I learnt from this movie. A simple man with good intentions, he becomes successful by simply doing what he loves to do, earning out of it and living an ideal and fulfilling life too. He wins medals, becomes professional ping pong player and what not! This movie made me realise that life is too short to work for someone else. Its better if you work for yourself and on yourself.

6. Rocky Balboa

The movie teaches you that nothing is stronger than a person’s will. But a more powerful message lies behind the making of the movie. Sylvester Stallone wrote Rocky’s script in 24 hrs, went on to sell it to may producers. But then due to lack of investment money, he had to sell his dog. One person who was interested didn’t want Sylvester to act in the film, but then he wanted to do the lead part despite of everything else. Even after so many hurdles, Rocky was made possible thanks to Sylvester’s persistence. And just like that, there are no limits to possibilities.

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