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Entrepreneurship Mindset

11 Inspiring Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

Here's a collection of movies for entrepreneurs that show the dreamers, the businessmen, and the doers.

Top Inspiring Entrepreneur Movies:
  • The Founder
  • The Social Network
  • The Theory of Everything
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Jobs
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Genius: Einstein
  • The Family Man
  • Joy
  • Rocky
  • Becoming Warren Buffett

Below is a collective of movies for entrepreneurs that show a bit of every side to what being an entrepreneur is.

Great movies inspire us and move us – they make us think, feel, and create. Great movies inspire us to take a chance – and they inspire us to be better than we already are.

The films below are of businessmen, like Steve Jobs and Ray Kroc, but they’re also of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking; individuals who wouldn’t take no for an answer or accept their life as it was – the dreamers.

The Founder

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‘The Founder’ embodies everything the American Dream is.

Ray Kroc, the once milkshake mixer salesman and businessman behind the rapid growth of McDonald’s, didn’t pursue McDonald’s until he was 52 years old.

It shows that it doesn’t matter how old you are, where you came from, or your education level – but if you have the persistence and determination, it supersedes whatever you think matters more to be successful.

What it shows: Persistence and determination are all you need.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent won’t. Nothing’s more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius won’t. Unrewarded genius is practically a cliche. Education won’t. The world is full of educated fools. Persistence and determination alone are all powerful.” – Calvin Coolidge

The Social Network

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The classic entrepreneur story: drop out of college and become a billionaire at the young age of 23.

Although this movie is very inspiring, it can also discourage some who try to see themselves in a young Mark Zuckerberg and think they need to replicate that to succeed.

It can give a false narrative of what successful entrepreneurial stories actually look like. It can make an aspiring entrepreneur think they must go to a prestigious college or get rich by their 20s – or else they’ll miss their opportunity.

It’s quite the opposite, in fact – the overwhelming majority of entrepreneurs didn’t start a successful, scalable, startup until well into their 40s and from there, it takes years more to make it successful.

What it shows: Watching this will definitely awaken your entrepreneurial spirit and encourage you to want to start something.

Available on: Netflix

Reminder: The average age of becoming a millionaire is age 59. Just 1% of millionaires are under 35 years old.

The Theory of Everything

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Stephen Hawking is one of the most inspiring humans in human history. He continuously challenged himself every day while he was challenged with battling ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, for the majority of his adult life since the young age of 21.

Professor Stephen Hawking is most recognized for his work as a theoretical physicist – helping us to better understand the basic laws which govern the universe – and was also the author of 15 books.

What it shows: Obstacles are just excuses if you let them stand in your way.

Available on: Netflix

The Pursuit of Happyness

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Chris Gardner went from living in homeless shelters, with his 1-year-old son, in the early 1980s to becoming a multi-millionaire businessman that later went on to sell his stake in the brokerage firm he founded, Gardner Rich & Co, in 2006.

Chris had a will to succeed and his story reminds us that where you start isn’t always where you have to finish.

What it shows: Persistence and determination, alone, determine your outcome – not your circumstances.

Available on: Netflix

Note: Where you start doesn’t determine where you finish.

Jobs

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Steve Jobs is one of the most recognizable faces of what an entrepreneur is – a dreamer who made his dreams come true.

From his parents’ garage, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded a company that revolutionized industries and changed the way we experience and interact with life today.

What it shows: Start executing your ideas now, with the tools you have now – no matter how big or crazy they may sound.

Available on: Hulu

“You are paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of the problems you solve.” – Elon Musk

The Wolf of Wall Street

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This is the story of Jordan Belfort, a 22-year-old who had aspirations of getting rich, so he goes to Wall Street to get his brokerage license to become a stockbroker.

This side of success shows not all money is good money and makes you question how far are you willing to go for the almighty dollar? Are you willing to abandon your moral compass to cut corners, be unethical, or greedy?

What it shows: Not all money is good money.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Tip: If you’re going to start something, start something that adds value to people’s lives and improves it. Something that will help people.

[ Related Article: What You Should Be Doing In Your 20’s & 30’s To Get Rich ]

Genius: Einstein (TV Series)

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This series tracks Albert Einstein’s life over 10 episodes – from a young boy in Germany to his later years at Princeton University.

It shows what he lived and went through – including fleeing Nazi Germany in 1933 because of his Jewish background, having refugee status, being denied teaching positions, and everything he had to overcome to become what we know Albert Einstein for today.

What it shows: Be resilient in the face of adversity. Do not settle and conform to what others what for you. Follow your intuition and do what you truly believe in.

Available on: Hulu

The Family Man

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‘The Family Man’ depicts an accurate glimpse of what the other side of being an entrepreneur sometimes looks like.

Things you may have to sacrifice or put on hold, early on, in order to succeed – like starting a family or keeping and nurturing friendships and relationships.

It’s an often overlooked side-effect. Sometimes, people choose to only see the success – but overlook what that person gave up and sacrificed to get to where they are.

What it shows: Perspective. What are you willing to sacrifice or put on hold to chase your dreams?

Available on: Hulu

Joy

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Joy Mangano was someone who just wanted better for herself and her family, and in return, her family outcasted her.

At age 34, Joy was living with her mother and two children while working as an airline booking agent – but she never lost confidence in herself or her ideas.

Based on a true story, it makes this film even more inspiring.

What it shows: Believe in yourself when no one else will.

Available on: Hulu

Rocky

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Rocky isn’t a film about entrepreneurship, but there are some valuable lessons to be learned about where hard work will get you.

What it shows: Having a relentlessness and ambition to keep pushing forward.

Available on: Hulu

Becoming Warren Buffett (Documentary)

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Warren Buffett is often seen as one of the most successful stock market investors of our time.

This documentary gives a productive glimpse into how Warren Buffett views the world and what shaped it – whether it’s through the books he read or the lessons he learned.

What it shows: Remain humble, patient, and play for the longterm.

Available on: Hulu


Takeaways

As an entrepreneur, draw from anything that motivates and inspires you. Don’t limit yourself to only looking to other entrepreneurs.

Not all dreamers are entrepreneurs, but all entrepreneurs are dreamers.

Dreamers come in all shapes – not all of them want to start a business; but they all want to change the world or change their world, in some way.