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Inspiring Films Every Entrepreneur Should See Today

By Christopher Ebuka 08 March 2018   |   5:00 pm

There is a level of determination and will-power you need to have to become an entrepreneur, and some days, those motivations are not just there. These movies will motivate and teach you while you are relaxed and, somewhat, having fun.

Startup.com is a 2001 documentary film that examines the rise and fall of the real-life startup, GovWorks. It’s good viewing to better understand the boom and bust of the dotcom period and serves as a cautionary tale on how friendships can easily be threatened by business partnerships.

Topics covered include finance for entrepreneurs, capital raising, growth management, entrepreneurship skills, team building and management skills.

Catch Me If You Can
This movie follows con artist, Frank Abagnale played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is deceptively charming. Based on a true story, Catch me if You Can is a classic film that exemplifies the entrepreneurial journey. It touches upon how important creative problem solving, turning something good out of a bad situation, and the good old hustle to reach success is.

Topics covered include entrepreneurship skills, creativity and innovation, perseverance, business vision, personal sales techniques and entrepreneurial funding sources.

Lord Of War
If you like dark comedy with a good bit of action, Lord of War is a must-watch. This war-crime film chronicles the life of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), an immigrant from Ukraine who decides his route to success is through illegal gun trade. Morality aside, Yuri’s ambition, tenacity, and ability to tolerate risk demonstrate the very qualities entrepreneurs need to succeed. Plus, if you want to learn more about growth hacking, building customer loyalty, and negotiation techniques, this film delves deeply into these topics. You’ll probably find yourself incorporating some of the lessons in your own business venture.

Topics covered include entrepreneurship skills, emerging markets, creative problem solving, crisis management, negotiation techniques, building customer loyalty, competitive strategies and geopolitics.

Wall Street
Ever find yourself pushed to your limits in the pursuit of power and success? Wall Street unravels this theme through the eyes of Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), an ambitious stockbroker who navigates the economic rollercoaster of Wall Street, adopting the “greed is good” mantra. This movie is a window into corporate finance, portfolio management, investment law principles and capital markets. More telling is the story of a young, susceptible mind, showing how easy it is to get carried away with the glamorous lifestyle that accompanies wealth.

Topics covered include corporate finance, portfolio management, capital markets, investment law principles, mergers and acquisitions, company valuations and business ethics.