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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

February 7, 2020

The entrepreneurial life will make you cry and pray for a happy ending. Like a good movie.

13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see
13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

The collapse of the housing industry in the United States and the global financial crisis play a leading role in telling the story of a group of fund managers and Wall Street investors who predicted and were able to benefit from the collapse of the overheating of the real estate market from the country.

The movie is full of important lessons for entrepreneurs and anyone who has invested money in the stock market: understand what you are investing, trust your instinct and never follow someone else's advice without fully understanding what you are getting into.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

Power and greed (Wall Street, 1987)

Power and greed (Wall Street, 1987)

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This iconic focuses on a young and ambitious broker, Bud Fox , and a charismatic and ruthless investor, Gordon Gekko . Fox, who is desperate to succeed, idolizes Gekko, who operates under the mantra that “greed is good.”

Fox sinks into the glamorous lifestyle of the financier, only to become entangled in a vicious network of operations with insider information. The film is a warning story about how the quest for power can lead us along an unethical path. While it is easy to be attracted to greed, it is never worth selling integrity for money and ambition.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

Office Tangles (Office Space, 1999)

Office Tangles (Office Space, 1999)

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This movie talks about the challenges, frustrations and absurdities of life in a corporate office . the overwhelming monotony of the modern cubicle worker, but it also reminds us that it is up to us to find a way out.

Do not let work, with its tedious corporate culture and its great little bureaucracy , take your life. You must balance your work and your life and make sure you are working for effective and positive bosses. As the film shows so hilariously, unhappy workers are not the most productive, and toxic bosses and poor management can do unspeakable moral damage. The conclusion is that life is too short to be stuck on a desk.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

Erin Brockovich, a bold woman (Erin Brockovich, 2000)

Erin Brockovich, a bold woman (Erin Brockovich, 2000)

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Based on a true story, Erin Brockovich follows a single mother with difficulties who makes her way into a job as a file clerk for a law firm . She begins to investigate a case that eventually leads to a class action lawsuit against a multimillion dollar company. Throughout the investigation, she learns some difficult truths and faces many obstacles.

Against all odds, she helps win the biggest deal that has been paid in a class action lawsuit. It embodies female empowerment and underlines the importance of being independent and not being afraid to defend what one believes. It can also be a great inspiration for women entrepreneurs who face a corporate world dominated by men.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

The Godfather (The Godfather, 1972)

The Godfather (The Godfather, 1972)

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Widely accepted as one of the best films ever made, The Godfather , in its essence , is a story about a small family business that is becoming a large and powerful organization in New York , while fighting the opposition.

The film offers information about what it takes to become one of the most influential and dynamic family businesses in the country. In the film, Vito Corleone grants favors and helps people with their problems, highlighting the importance of relationships and contact networks in any business. It will make you think of competitive strategies, alliances, mergers and business diversification.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

Joy: The name of success (Joy, 2016)

Joy: The name of success (Joy, 2016)

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In business you should always be ready to fight battles on multiple fronts, and the more successful you are, the more your enemies will want to take you down and get a piece of what you have built. These are some of the many lessons behind this biographical film about the New York native, Joy Mangano , who went from being a single mother to a millionaire in the 1990s.

He began by inventing the Miracle Mop, a self-squeezing mop that required less effort to use than traditional tufts. It details the ups and downs that Mangano faced with its incipient business. The film shows how confidence in yourself, your product and your business are key if you are going to survive and succeed.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

Success at any price (Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992)

Success at any price (Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992)

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In Chicago's ruthless real estate market, lying, cheating and stealing often decide who wins the lead. It deals with four real estate sellers whose jobs are at risk when a competition is announced: all but the two best men will be laid off.

The film crudely analyzes the sales culture , including the lies, betrayals and manipulations that people will turn to to survive in the business. It shows how not to manage a sales team and how a high-pressure job with endless demands to eventually lead the team members, one by one, down a dark road. Extremely competitive high pressure environments can bring out the worst in you and those around you.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

In search of happiness (The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006)

In search of happiness (The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006)

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This inspiring film is based on the true story of Chris Gardner , a man who faced homelessness as a single father while working on a passive unpaid internship as a stockbroker. By pure willpower, Gardner persists in impossible circumstances after his wife leaves him and the Treasury takes his salary, leaving him in poverty. Gardner strives to sell medical scanners and lives in homeless shelters while doing a 6-month full-time internship, hoping it's worth it to get a permanent position.

It shows how an inviolable work ethic combined with an unwavering belief in yourself and a willingness to do whatever it takes to reach beyond your circumstances, can bear fruit when you achieve your dreams .

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

Steve Jobs (2015)

Steve Jobs (2015)

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This film shows crucial moments in the rise of Steve Jobs , the co-founder of Apple , and carefully analyzes the personal and professional struggles of the entrepreneur. There are already a handful of films and documentaries that detail Jobs' life, but it is perhaps the best. Take a look behind the scenes at Jobs during three key product launches.

Jobs could be coldly dismissive of the people closest to him and often micro-managed even the smallest details of his presentations. He experienced a tremendous failure and made horrible mistakes before finding success. However, entrepreneurs who watch this movie will undoubtedly be motivated to remain true to their vision when they face difficult challenges and weigh competitive opinions.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

Social Network (The Social Network, 2010)

Social Network (The Social Network, 2010)

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Social Network offers a behind-the-scenes view of how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook and the ruthless world of technology startups. As he says: “You cannot have 500 million friends without making some enemies,” and this point is emphasized throughout the film while Zuckerberg navigates between demands and funding obstacles.

Throughout all this, Zuckerberg must be flexible and evolve its product to meet the needs and desires of users. You also learn a painful lesson about the importance of having a current binding contract. This film offers several important ideas for aspiring entrepreneurs, including that it is not about who has an idea but who can execute it. But maybe the best thing is that you are going to have to stir some feathers if you want to fly.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

Catch me if you can (Catch Me If You Can, 2003)

Catch me if you can (Catch Me If You Can, 2003)

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Based on a true story, Catch me if you can exemplify the business trip. The main character, Frank Abagnale , is a scammer who earned millions before his 19th birthday and posed as an airplane pilot, doctor, lawyer and history teacher. While Abagnale scam trends should not be replicated, here are some wonderful ideas for the aspiring entrepreneur.

Abagnale knew how to create new opportunities from bad situations. He achieved tremendous success in difficult environments and under a lot of stress. It also addresses business issues such as creative problem solving, perseverance, personal sales techniques and the search for funding sources.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

Jerry Maguire – Seduction and challenge (Jerry Maguire, 1996)

Jerry Maguire - Seduction and challenge (Jerry Maguire, 1996)

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This is the story of Jerry Maguire , a man who, at the peak of his success, has become disillusioned with the soulless corporate structure of his business. When he steps back and questions everything, he loses everything he has achieved so far. The protagonist is fired from his job and everyone turns his back, except a volatile customer .

Maguire is forced to examine what is really important for his business and his life while working to rejoin the pieces. There is a convincing and satisfactory reward, which shows that the fact of changing something to improve is your own reward.

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The Aviator (The Aviator, 2005)

The Aviator (The Aviator, 2005)

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Howard Hughes was a man with gigantic dreams and immutable ambitions until everything fell apart. , which describes Hughes' first years as director and aviator in the late 1920s until the mid-40s, shows obsessive attention to the details that set this man apart from the competition and eventually led him to his ruin .

As a patient not diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder , his life began to crumble when he fell into a dark mental state, and yet he was able to recover just in time to defend himself. The aspiring entrepreneurs can see Hughes' struggle and also the fear and paranoia that embody his personality.

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13 films that aspiring entrepreneurs must see

The big bet (The Big Short, 2016)

The big bet (The Big Short, 2016)

Credit: Paramount Pictures

The collapse of the housing industry in the United States and the global financial crisis play a leading role in telling the story of a group of fund managers and Wall Street investors who predicted and were able to benefit from the collapse of the overheating of the real estate market from the country.

The movie is full of important lessons for entrepreneurs and anyone who has invested money in the stock market: understand what you are investing, trust your instinct and never follow someone else's advice without fully understanding what you are getting into.

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