5 Entrepreneur Movies Every Parentpreneur Should Watch
No one said being an entrepreneur would be easy and the best advice you’ll get can come from anywhere, it may come from a coach, mentor, book, parents or even a movie.
Inspiration and motivation are tricky, as you never know when or where they might strike. They rarely hit you when you need them, coming instead at random times and from random sources. I tend to get my best ideas when I’m cleaning, ironing, out and about, and engrossed in something totally unrelated to my business.
Movies can help revitalise your goals and rekindle that ambition that got you started in the first place. So whether the movie is a heart-warming tale of adventure, an irreverent comedy or thought-provoking documentary, a movie can inspire and motivate you.
With that in mind, here are 5 movies that every parentpreneur should watch:
Why watch it? As a Parentpreneur you will get an understanding of how to make a start-up succeed by exhibiting such qualities as flexibility, resilience and how best to execute a business idea.
The Social Network is a great movie that every parentpreneur should watch. Based on a true story of the world’s youngest billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and owner of Facebook. It shows the brilliant rise of a man who took a simple idea and turned it into one of the most profitable businesses to date. He starts off as a Harvard student with huge potential; he creates a new social network based upon the most prestigious email address in the country, the Harvard email address. You’ll see how he did it and the challenges he faced along the way, including splits with his co-founders.
Why watch it? No matter what adversities and setbacks you face, never give up on a dream. Chris never gave up on his dream. It shows that passion and sacrifice is something every parentpreneur should be willing to embrace.
Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, it is one of the most heart-warming and motivational films for parentpreneurs to watch. This inspiring story of a man who believes so passionately in a product that he can’t sell that he ends up losing his house, his wife and his money, being left with just himself and his son. An important lesson to be learnt, but it’s the steps that he takes from here that really shape him into who he becomes. This powerful motivational true story sticks with you as you face your own personal struggles in business.
“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”
― Pursuit of Happyness
Why watch it? The movie will teach you not to sell yourself out for the sake of money. Being an entrepreneur isn’t just about being rich and famous.
The movie follows the life of an ambitious young stockbroker, Bud Fox will do just about anything it takes to succeed, and for him, that includes a little bit of insider trading. See what happens when the desire to succeed takes over your life and the motto of ‘Greed is good’ directs how you do business. But what happens when you’re pushed to your limits and asked to do something you can’t or won’t do? Suddenly everything comes to a head when Fox is asked to help do something, not only illegal but morally reprehensible.
The follow up to this movie is Wall Street Money Never Sleeps it teaches you to seek out what no one else has done before. And when others don’t believe in your vision use that as fuel to succeed even further.
Why watch it? We learn how important it is to treat your clients and your co-workers with respect. Giving people you come into contact with more personal attention will help you succeed in business which will, in turn, help you make more money. When you’re following your dream, everything else will fall into place.
This is a story about a man who’s at the top of his game, beautiful partner, the biggest clients, lots of respect and living the dream. But then he decides to step back and question it all and proposes his new thoughts to the rest of the company, which ultimately ends in him losing it all. Everyone turns their backs on him, except for one, very volatile client, Rod Tidwell. Jerry embarks on a journey to regain everything he’s lost.
Why watch it? Any good entrepreneur follows their guts and sticks to what they believe in. Like Erin, hard work will eventually get you the result you’re after.
In this Oscar-winning legal drama, based on the true story of an unemployed single mother Erin Brockovich who, against all odds, almost single-handedly brings down a power company in California accused of polluting a city’s water supply and jeopardising its residents’ health. Winning the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit.