Five Movies that Every Entrepreneur Should Watch while Combating Different Stages of their Journey

By Sujith Vasudevan, Senior Correspondent, Siliconindia   |   Friday, 28 September 2018, 13:52 Hrs
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“The good news about entrepreneurship is that your fate is in your hands. The bad news is that your fate is in your hands!” ~ Guy Kawasaki. Well, Guy, one of the Apple-employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh computer line in 1984, can’t get it wrong. Entrepreneurial journey is a rollercoaster ride across its different stages, more often than not, connected with emotions and personal life. That’s why it’s a perfect plot for engendering great movies. Here is a list of five movies that every entrepreneur should watch while combating different stages of their journey.

The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)

the pursuite of happiness

This ‘bio-epic’ throws light into the drastic expenses of success. Chris Gardner (starred by Will Smith) tells us that entrepreneurship is not just about blindly chasing your passion, but holding on to your sparse opportunities, prevailing over miseries & misfortunes, and forging happiness out of the available resources. This famous dialogue from the movie sums it all, “Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period”.

The Aviator (2004)

The Aviator

When you become entrepreneur, you have to imagine a life without limits. The biography of the famous Hollywood director & producer, Howard Hughes, who went on to become a kingpin in the global Aviation industry, growing over the Pan Am itself. Starred by Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator is capable of igniting a spark in an entrepreneur’s mind to reset goals and take the success into a whole new level.

Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

Pirates of the Silicon Valley

While an entrepreneur sets off in pursuit of success on a never ending path, competition comes in as an inevitable predicament. The reel manifestation of  the IT warfare between Steve Jobs’ Apple and Bill Gates’ Microsoft, Pirates of Silicon Valley is a well-crafted movie dictating the cut-throat competitions, copying ideas, survival hacks, and most importantly, cooperation. This is a must watch for the understanding of sportsmanship.      

Nightcrawler (2014)


Louis Bloom (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), a con man desperate for success crawls into the world of Los Angeles’ crime journalism, and becomes an entrepreneur in his own way – snapping footages of violent crime scenes by deciphering the police signals and reaching the spot before anyone else. Arguably, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. The movie reminds audience about the need for commitment towards society and persistence on ethics, while chasing down success.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The wolf of wall street

A Leonardo DiCaprio starrer, The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the most ventilated entrepreneurial stories on reel. Even though achieved through rough roads with great mental strength, the success, fame, and money can ironically lead an entrepreneur to losing them all, if he/she can’t handle and manage them. The big takeaway from the movie is how to manage & maintain the success in life without getting attracted towards the wrong and by following the right paths always.

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