Finding time to chill out and relax can be difficult for entrepreneurs, but it’s important that you do find time to. I don’t really watch a lot of movies or TV shows, but when I do I like for them to feel worthwhile and like I have learned something from them or been inspired by them. These 7 movies for entrepreneurs have been deemed worthy of my free time for providing excellent inspiration and lessons.
1. Wall Street
Wall Street follows the story of Bud Fox, a young stock broker who tries to get “in” with Gordon Gekko, a powerful and hugely successful broker, in order to become as rich and powerful as he is. Gekko takes Fox under his wing, which introduces Fox to the world of shady business deals, fast money and fast women.
Great for: Getting in the mood of chasing money.
2. Boiler Room
Seth Davis is a college dropout running an illegal casino from his flat that is leased. Driven by his domineering father’s disapproval at his want and his illicit existence for serious wealth, Seth unexpectedly finds himself seduced by the chance to be interviewed from recent acquaintance Greg as a trainee stock broker. Walking into the offices of JT Marlin, a modest time brokerage firm on the outskirts, Seth gets a competitive cameo performance from Jay that establishes the tone for a company certainly placing cash most important.
Great for: Reminding you to always sell.
3. Glengarry Glen Ross
Times are rough in a Chicago real estate office; the salesmen (George Aaronow, Shelley Levene, Ricky Roma, and Dave Moss) are given a powerful incentive by Blake to triumph in a sales competition. The prizes? First prize is a Cadillac El Dorado, second prize is a steak knives set, third prize is the sack! There’s no room for losers in this radically manly world – just “closers” will get the great sales leads. There’s lots of pressure to succeed, so there is a robbery committed which has unforeseen effects for all the characters.
Great for: Reminding you to sell. A.B.C., Always Be Closing.
While living with his adoptive parents, Steve Jobs is working for Atari. He subsequently develops a partnership with his buddy Steve Wozniak when he sees that Wozniak has assembled a personal computer (the Apple I). They name their new business “Apple Computer” and begin assembling Apple I computers. After many failed efforts by Jobs the business that allows them to move is invested in by Mike Markkula.
Great for: Inspiration.
5. The Wolf of Wall Street
In The Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio plays Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 36 months in prison for defrauding investors, in a huge 1990s securities scam that involved prevalent corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.
Great for: Getting in the mood to chase money.
6. The Social Network
On a Autumn night in 2003, Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard undergrad and computer programming prodigy, sits down at his computer and starts working on a fresh thought. In a fury of programming and blogging, what starts in Zuckerberg’s room shortly becomes a revolution in communicating and a world-wide social network. And only six years and 500 million buddies later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history. But for this entrepreneur, success leads to both private and legal complications.
Great for: Inspiration.
7. Pirates of Silicon Valley
This is a semi-hilarious biographical film about the guys who made the world of technology what it is today. Their battles during school, the foundation of their businesses, and the innovative activities they took to develop the international corporate conglomerates of Apple Computer Corporation and Microsoft Inc.
Great for: Inspiration. Also as a reminder that you don’t need to build everything yourself, you can customize things that are already built.
What are some of your favorite movies to watch as an entrepreneur?