The path to becoming a million-dollar entrepreneur is filled with hurdles, obstacles, and other companies who don’t want to see you succeed. As a hard-working entrepreneur, you know you have to keep moving forward even when things get tough. But sometimes you need a little inspiration, and a great source for entrepreneurial inspiration is watching movies. Films can inspire an exhausted business owner to keep pushing forward. Here are the ones other entrepreneurs recommend:
The Social Network
This one is a no-brainer. The Social Network is an account (albeit dramatized) of Mark Zuckerberg’s climb from Harvard drop-out to owner of the most powerful social media company in the entire world. As an entrepreneur, you’ll get a glimpse at the qualities that make for a successful business owner – resiliency, flexibility, creativity. This film will motivate you to be a better, more dedicated, more relentless entrepreneur.
The Pursuit of Happiness
Will Smith’s portrayal of the true story of Chris Gardner is truly motivational. It documents Gardner’s rise from rags to riches, from being homeless with his son to becoming a true entrepreneur. If Gardner can go from living on the streets to owning a company, anyone can follow their dreams and see them all the way through.
This 2015 film starring Michael Fassbender depicts the build-up to the launches of the products that made Apple a household name. The movie (like the book that inspired it, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs) also portrays Jobs personal struggles during this time. Any entrepreneur can glean inspiration by watching this biographical film about one of the most powerful people who ever lived.
Even those don’t regularly watch baseball can get a kick out of Brad Pitt’s portrayal of the general manager of the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane. The story depicts a team didn’t have enough money to pay top players, so Beane had to come up with a more cost-effective, unique way to be competitive. Why should watch? Beane’s innovativeness and creativity are valuable traits any entrepreneur should have. Taking something imperfect and doing it better is what entrepreneurs are best at.
Pirates of Silicon Valley
There’s a reason Silicon Valley breeds countless successful entrepreneur. This movie highlights two of the best known: Steve Jobs of Apple and Bill Gates of Microsoft. This made-for-TV movie digs deep into the early rivalry between the two, and what ended up launching both to high levels of success.
Movies can teach us a lot by depicting the lives of others who have walked the path of entrepreneurship before you. You can glean a lot of inspiration, motivation, creativity, and ideas from watching such films. Thinking outside the box is an important skill to have as a business owner, and these films all portray people who did exactly that.