No one ever said being an entrepreneur would be easy. a millions obstacles seem to stand in the way each and every day. But you are not an average person: You’re an entrepreneur. That means that even when times are tough, you’re still going to march forward.
Yet when this whole entrepreneur thing becomes overwhelming, take a break and look for some much needed motivation. And what better way to find inspiration than watching inspirational movies? here are some of the greatest movies each entrepreneur must watch for his inspiration.
1. The Social Network (2010)
With Facebook’s current relevance in the pop culture on social life, this entrepreneur movie is a must-watch for any business owner who dreams of making it big—and learning the pitfalls of any large endeavor. The film gives viewers a better understanding of how to make a startup succeed by exhibiting such qualities as being flexible and resilient. Every time I watch this movie it motivates me to be a better entrepreneur.
2. “The Founder” (2016)
Building an empire isn’t easy—especially when you’re challenging the status quo. “The Founder” explores the side of business that requires a persistence unknown to many, but will surely inspire entrepreneurs that are determined to create “the next big thing.” On an overall scale, The Founder is a carefully investigated & smartly scripted biopic that’s just as informative as it is entertaining and wonderfully illustrates the rise of the man who dared to dream bigger and single-handedly turned a small fast-food restaurant into a billion-dollar conglomerate with his aggressive business practices.
Entrepreneurs will relate to Kroc’s story – failing in unsuccessful business and sales ventures, then finding a gap in the marketplace and pursuing it with all his efforts until the company was a success.
3. “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006)
This true story starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden, brings the life of American businessman, Chris Gardner, to the big screen. The movie that centers around Gardner’s struggle with being homeless with his young son. our entrepreneurial story are bound to have plenty of ups and downs along the way, and The Pursuit of Happyness offers a source of inspiration during the downs.
In the film, he is working as a salesman barely making ends meet when he becomes homeless. Around the same time he meets someone who gives him the chance to intern as a stockbroker eventually leading to a full-time position and a prosperous career.
Even though he became homeless and struggled to provide for his son, Chris never gave up on his dream. That passion and sacrifice is something every entrepreneur should be willing to embrace. SIMPLY THE BEST OF ALL TIME
It must be difficult for an actor to convincingly portray a world famous person whose death only two years before means that his image is still relatively fresh in the public consciousness. It must also be pretty tough for filmmakers to portray the life of an iconic figure in the space of two hours. I give “Jobs” (PG-13, 2:02) credit for accomplishing one of those two tasks. (In addition, there was the pressure of knowing that another version of the film was being written by the highly-esteemed Aaron Sorkin.) When it comes to portraying the legend who co-founded Apple computers, Ashton Kutcher does an excellent Jobs. The actor uses his natural resemblance to the computer genius and adds just enough of Steve Jobs’ voice, mannerisms and walk to help us (mostly) forget that we’re watching Ashton Kutcher, but he doesn’t overdo it by trying to do a perfect impression which could have crossed over into caricature. This film represents some of Kutcher’s best work to date, but not quite award worthy.
Unfortunately, the script isn’t strong enough to give us the whole picture of Steve Jobs’ remarkable life. As the film traces the rise, the fall, and then the beginning of the resurrection of Apple the computer brand, the focus is divided too much between the company and the man. If you know more about the life of Steve Jobs, you’ll be disappointed when you realize you’re not getting to see the full arc of his life. The film would have been better off calling itself “Apple”, but even then, I would have found it lacking.
This film reminded me of “The Social Network”, but without the same level of entertainment in its storytelling. The supporting actors, including Josh Gad as Apple’s other founder, Steve Wozniak, Dermot Mulroney, as initial Apple financier and eventual CEO Mike Markkula, and Matthew Modine as John Scully, Markkula’s successor as CEO, show the passion that those closest to the company have for Apple, but the film is supposedly about Steve Jobs.
5. wolf of wall street
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. The crazy antics you see in The Wolf of Wall Street actually happened. The Wolf of Wall Street true story comes from Jordan Belfort’s 2007 biography of the same name, which recounts his days of white collar crime and financial fraud.
Belfort was imprisoned for his crimes and was sentenced to four years in jail, but was released after only 22 months, according to Investopedia. After he got out, Belfort was ordered to give half of his income to his defrauded investors, paying them through 2009. While federal prosecutors later filed a complaint against Belfort in 2013, alleging he didn’t pay the appropriate amount of his income, he later reached a deal and completed the restitution payments, per Investopedia. Now, Belfort is a motivational speaker who uses his story to share the lessons he learned with his others.
To succeed as an entrepreneur, it will take a lot of hard work, determination, and an element of luck. More start-ups fail than succeed, so you’ll need inspiration from as many sources as possible to ensure you’re one of the success stories.
Of course, you can’t be working constantly, which is why it’s useful to still find inspiration when you’re sprawled on the sofa with a glass of wine and one hand on the TV remote. Whether your business venture is just starting up, or you’ve been at it for years, we think these films will start a fire in your belly to take the business world by the horns.