Entrepreneurs and successful people have almost endless opportunities to improve their abilities and proficiency. With so much research available, the chances to learn and develop are higher than ever.
But there is one surprising source of motivation that is movies. A great movie can make a visit to the cinema into more than just a way of relaxation. It can energize your mind and help bring vision, imagination, conception, and bring consistency to your work.
Here, we have listed below some of those movies that feature the stories of real-life entrepreneurs so you can discover more about them and their stories off-screen.
1) The Social Network
Feature Entrepreneur: Mark Zuckerberg
This movie is directed by David Fincher, The Social Network lets out the story how Mark Zuckerberg built the empire of Facebook during his studies at Harvard University and later how he was sued by two brothers who alleged he stole their concept and his best friend who was overthrown from the company.
This movie gives you a glance at how Facebook started and teaches you that big companies often have small beginnings. Besides that, there is Aaron Sorkin’s thoughtful script, David Fincher’s excellent direction, and an outstanding cast.
It’s a notable scene when Mark Zuckerberg comes across Sean Parker for the first time.
Entrepreneur: Joy Mangano
The best motivation quote we get from this movie is “We got here from hard work, patience, and humility. Don’t think the world owes you anything because the world owes you nothing.”
This movie is about real-life entrepreneur Joy Mangano who is the inventor of the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers, who withstands huge personal struggle to go on to patent more than 100 innovations and make millions as a prosperous seller on Home Shopping Network’s QVC.
Beyond the business achievement Mangano appreciates, this movie also explains the story of the strength of a supportive family, the efforts women do in business to overcome, and the successful product can achieve all needs.
3) Wolf of Wall Street
Entrepreneur: Jordan Belfort
This movie is based on the real story of Jordan Belfort, this film interprets Belfort’s drug-fueled, money-making ride to the top, and his crime-ridden, debauched fall back down, which climaxed in a prison term and a surprising second act.
The fast growth of a swindler is barely a role-model for today’s professionals. But Belfort’s deception and cunning intelligence indicate money should not be the only way for success.
Entrepreneur: Billy Beane
What would you do if you had to achieve the World Series with the lowest salary bill in baseball? That’s Billy Beane’s role played by Brad Pitt, as he acknowledges value can be made through hard work and intelligent strategy.
The film is motivational and reveals success does not always come from a single way of measuring outcomes. Entrepreneurs can achieve a lot from analyzing the data streams that make this particular business progress.
5) Pirates of Silicon Valley
Entrepreneur: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates
This movie is based on the book Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer, Pirates of Silicon Valley shows the competition between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates between 1971 – 1997. This movie was released in 1999, just when Steve Jobs started growing in his second innings at Apple. The movie ends with Bill Gates taking the upper hand in the rivalry, but we all know what resulted next.
This movie shows a glance of the gentle beginnings of two of the most iconic technology companies in the world and chronicles the peak of two tycoons how they completely changed the world of technology. The best motivational scene of the movie was Steve Jobs interviewing a prospective Apple employee.
6) Glengarry Glen Ross
A movie that stars Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon, and Alec Baldwin in a scene-stealing cameo should take it as motivation alone to watch this movie.
Glengarry Glen Ross is based on an award-winning play that shows the situation of real estate salespeople during a hard sales season.
The movie is inspirational that explains how it is like to work in a high-pressure sales environment and how you require to use your smartness in order to sustain and grow. Since its release, the movie has been used to teach real-life salesmen on how to sell and how not to sell.
The ‘motivational’ speech by Alec Baldwin to the sales team is considered as the best scene of the movie.
7) The Founder
Entrepreneur: Ray Kroc
This movie reveals the story of two brothers, Richard and Maurice McDonald, who began a burger stand that ultimately became the McDonald’s fast-food series that spots approximately every highway in the United States. But it did not become that big by chance, it grew because Ray Kroc partnered with the brothers to open franchises, became unsatisfied with his contract, and ultimately bought out the McDonald brothers to grow the business and become a multi-millionaire.
While this movie does not leave you specifically rooting for its main character, it shows the story of how a simplistic approach for a product sold at a fair price can rise with popularity. It also shows a good lesson about contract negotiating with any partners you go into business with.
8) Margin Call
This film reflects the goings-on of an investment bank for over 24 hours. The platform has begun to fall off the 2008 financial disaster. And a motivational crew of actors, including Zachary Quinto and Jeremy Irons, prove how hard work and efficient planning can lessen any circumstantial evidence that might be canceled.
Besides documentary and fictional movies, there are a lot of things you can see in the movies and that is motivation. All the above movies are a source of motivation for many new and existing entrepreneurs.