While it may seem counter-intuitive, there’s a lot for an entrepreneur to learn from Hollywood’s or a fictional version of the business world.
From teeth-gritting perseverance to overcoming adversity to outwitting your competitors, the following 7 TV shows and films provide some interesting entrepreneurship insights and lessons in an inspiring and entertaining way.
A drama series revolving around the battles between U.S Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and hedge-fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), Billions is fresh, witty and thought-provoking.
“Either you confront a problem head on, or let it go. But don’t keep giving it power over you by staying in the dark”– Bobby Axelrod
Beyond exploring human behaviour, power plays and business concepts, the show wades into the grey area with its dash of anti-hero sentiments. Together with its insightful quotes on investments, startups and leadership, Billions is entertainingly inspirational. The show’s fifth season is set to premiere in May 2020.
#2 The Big Short
Starring Christian Bale as Michael Burry, The Big Short is a movie adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book that spans across three individuals and their stories during the financial housing crisis from 2007-2008.
In addition to its ability to explain complex financial concepts, the film also highlights the impact of risk-taking through Burry’s success despite the shakey investment environment.
#3 House of Lies
A lighter take on the world of management consultants, House of Lies is a TV series that stars Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, consultants who will do anything to make a buck off business owners.
While the show does not accurately represent the world of consultancy, it shows how sometimes, outsourcing your tasks may not be the best solution. House of Lies gives an interesting insight into how things work on the other side (with you being the client) and how you can sidestep certain issues.
#4 Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the compelling tale of Jiro One, the owner of a 10-seater sushi restaurant in Tokyo. Did we also mention that the 55-year-old restaurant is awarded three Michelin stars?
Not only does the inspiring documentary show how Jiro became one of the world’s most known sushi chef through hard work and passion, but it also shows the challenges behind businesses handovers through documenting the slight tension between Jiro and his eldest son, who finds it hard to live up to his father’s legacy.
Ultimately, the film is a testament to how dedication, discipline and hard work will pay off.
#5 The Founder
Documenting fast-food chain McDonald’s rise to fame, The Founder follows the story of Ray Kroc, a milkshake machine salesman who saw the potential in the business of the McDonald’s brothers before maximising it.
“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it. But if you love what you’re doing, success will be yours.”– Ray Kroc
While the brothers were eventually put out of their own business, the movie shows the importance of the ability to recognise potential, ambition and to an extent, ruthlessness. These are important traits of entrepreneurs, and The Founder fleshes these characteristics out through the film in an inspirational and entertaining manner.
Witty, smart and successful, lawyer Harvey Specter is the epitome of success. The TV show is set in a fictional law firm based in New York City, where Suits tells the tale of a talented college dropout who eventually rose to become a law associate, despite never having attended law school.
“If you’re backed up against the wall, break it down.”– Harvey Specter
Entrepreneurship can be a daunting journey, and Suits shows how you can get things done with confidence and belief.
#7 Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
A straightforward documentary, Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview details an unedited conversation with the Apple co-founder. What is truly inspiring about the film is Jobs’ capability of blending anecdotes and philosophy while talking about running a successful business. It may not be the most polished of movies, but the documentary captures Steve Jobs’ succinctness on what he thinks are important aspects to his business – product quality and content.
Particularly handy for entrepreneurs in the technology sector, Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview not only dishes out relevant business tips but also makes for an entertaining watch.
The next time you’re in need of an inspirational perk me up, don’t be afraid to kick back and enjoy these shows and movies for a mind boost!
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