The business world is large, it’s a sector filled with so much “milk and honey”. Entrepreneurs should probably have a planet of their own.
However, the keys to being successful in the business world include gathering information and learning from the best.
Today’s list takes a break from the traditional technique of educating business men and women on how to be successful. How about you watch it and see how it is really done.
Some of the movies on our list are true life stories of successful entrepreneur. It is time for you guys to go get some of these movies and watch.
Without much ado, these are our top 5 business movies.
The Social Network
“The Social Network” looks at how Mark Zuckerberg went from a student at Harvard with an uncanny knack for coding to the multimillionaire founder and CEO of Facebook.
Contrary to popular belief this is not just a story about social media. It is about the relationships, investment, mentorship and employee culture that go into transforming a great idea into a great business.
1987’s “Wall Street” may be seen as primarily a cautionary tale about the role of greed in business.
Indeed, Michael Douglas’s character Gordon Gekko has become synonymous with the worst qualities of investment industry with his well-known mantra “greed is good.”
But the movie is also a story about what the positive aspects of entrepreneurship should be: protecting jobs and growing companies to create wealth instead of selling them off piecemeal.
Pirates of Silicon Valley
How can a film about the competition between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates not have appeal for entrepreneurs?
“Pirates of Silicon Valley” takes place between 1971 and 1997.
During that time, it depicts the history of Apple and Microsoft. But more importantly it examines the leaders of both companies: Jobs, played by Noah Wyle and Gates, played by Anthony Micheal Hall.
The 1999 movie looks at the differences between the two business leaders and how these differences influenced the development of their companies.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The importance of ethics in business is again the theme of “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The story is inspired by the real-life story of stockbroker Jordon Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Belfort, launches a firm which engages in illegal and unethical trading activities to profit at the expense of its clients.
But the companies corrupt trading practices eventually make it the focus of both the Security Exchange Commission and FBI. Belfort eventually agrees to turn on his colleagues in a deal with federal authorities, but then breaks the agreement and is given jail time.
For entrepreneurs, the lesson is simple. Profitability is not something to be pursued at the expense of your customers.
The Pursuit of Happyness
A true story, “The Pursuit of Happyness” follows the struggles of Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith.
Finding himself both a single father and homeless, Gardner must struggle against seemingly impossible odds to achieve a coveted stockbroker position.
For small business owners, the Garnder’s story can be an inspiration. It’s important to remember that, despite limitations, great things can be accomplished with hard work and determination.