Entrepreneurs don’t always have it easy. They face challenges every day and need to find ways to rise above. They are often looking for cool ways to get inspiration, so we put together a list of movies that can teach entrepreneurs valuable lessons. Let their stories inspire you to fight and survive the way they did.
The Martian: “Don’t panic, just improvise”
Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead and is left behind while the other astronauts evacuate from the planet Mars. With little to survive, Watney must find a way to survive the planet and stay healthy to contact NASA. Although there are many challenges that come his way as he tries to survive and escape, he still keeps his cool and uses his wit and spirit to stay alive on the hostile planet.
Spotlight: “Together we succeed”
Spotlight follows the story of a team of journalists who investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 children. Every member of the team takes up something challenging and puts their skills to use to uncover the truth. The movie teaches you valuable lessons of teamwork and how when a team comes together, they can achieve whatever they want.
Wall Street: “Greed, in the end, even fails the greedy”
A cruel and greedy corporate raider, Gordon Gekko takes a young and anxious stockbroker, Bud Fox under his wing. Hungry for success, Fox is willing to do anything, including trading on illegal inside information. Gekko’s philosophy is “greed is good”. But when Fox is arrested for shady business dealings, he realizes there are more important things to strive for than money. It shows you how wealth doesn’t always necessarily come overnight and one needs to work hard for it, it, without becoming its slave.
The Aviator: “Don’t tell me I can’t do it; don’t tell me it can’t be done”
The movie follows Howard Hughes, a multi-faceted billionaire tycoon. From Hollywood film director to an innovative airplane pilot and owner of an airline, Hughes takes over Trans World Airlines and tries to compete with the big Pan American Airlines. Although he faces a lot of hassles and challenges on the way, he never gives up.
The Pursuit of Happyness: “If you want something. Get it. Period”
Chris Gardner loses all his family money by making a bad investment and is left homeless. He is a struggling salesman, caring for his young son with no money left. Although he is struggling, Gardner decides to chase his dreams and takes an unpaid internship that could potentially lead to the job of his dreams. At the internship, his fellow interns are all younger than him and are more educated. However, his work ethic, common sense and attitude helped him to succeed and land the job of his dreams.
The Revenant: “As long as you can still grab a breath you fight. Keep breathing.”
In the movie, trapper Hugh Glass travels to the wilderness with a team to hunt. During their journey, Glass is attacked by a bear and nearly dies. Fitzgerald, a fellow member, argues that Glass will not make it and that they should kill him to hasten their journey. Although he is not killed, Glass has to survive in the wilderness on his own. At one point, he is even forced to cut open a horse corpse to shield his body. He is tested every step of the way but finds a way to survive and prevails.
Joy: “Perseverance is key”
Joy, a single mom pushing to bring her invention to reality, is faced with difficulties one after the other. Even her family, manufacturers, and executives do not believe in her. She finds it incredibly hard as a woman in a male-dominated field. However, she rejects failure and bankruptcy and finds a way to fight. Her patience and perseverance ultimately help her succeed.