5 Must Watch Movies For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is a very fulfilling journey to take on. However, it’s also very complex, challenging and to an extent – draining. It’s inevitable to have your own share of hurdles and struggles. At one point you will feel uninspired and might even consider giving up on your endeavors entirely.

Lest we forget : part of working towards our goals is taking a step back and giving ourselves occasional breaks. Every now and then, we need to give ourselves the chance to find inspiration - whether it’s from people we personally know or from people who’ve already made it and have lived through stories worth sharing.

But thanks to the gift of art: to the writers, actors, film makers and all other creatives at large - we’re able to get a glimpse of the lives of amazing individuals, both real and fictional, through films. From inspiring to tear-jerking to spectacular, we’ve come up with a list of must-watch movies for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Sit back, relax and enjoy!


1. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

“That’s what this multi-million dollar industry is about anyway, anyway, isn’t it? Inner Beauty.”

If you’re someone who dreams of making it big in the fashion industry – this is something you should watch. A lot of women (or even men) who end up navigating through the rigorous, sometimes harsh world that is fashion,  often make references to this movie. It really is that iconic.

The Devil Wears Prada will inspire you to jump right in - to pursue your passion and the dream job. This movie will give you a good glimpse of what it’s like trying to climb that corporate ladder, how to work your way out of uncomfortable situations and essentially : reassure you that eventually all the hardwork will pay off. Furthermore, you’re sure to pick up a thing or two about branding, sales techniques, why media matters and lastly, how to grow in your career.


2. Limitless (2011)

“I had come this close to making an impact on the world. And now the only thing I was going to make an impact on was the sidewalk.”

A lot of us fall into the trap of wanting to take shortcuts ; plastering our problems with

Band-aid solutions and looking for get-rich-quick schemes that eventually do us more harm than good. In the midst of rejection from his girlfriend and unemployment, the movie’s protagonist, Eddie discovers a magical pill.

With the help of this pill, Eddie is able to access 100% of his brain power instantly jumpstarting his abilities and leading him to quickly elevate his professional and financial status. However, as the natural course of things would have it, there are repercussions to his actions that he would have to face.

Not that it hasn’t already been said, Limitless is good reminder that the grind is all-seeing and all-knowing. The grind sees exactly how much you put in and will reward you with what you sow. We  really cannot cheat the grind.


3. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

“You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period.”

Starring Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness gives us a glimpse of the life of Chris Gardner : an American businessman, investory, stock brocker, motivational speaker, author and philantrophist. Sounds like a lot, right? Impressive, even.

Even an accomplished man like him has had his own story about hitting rock bottom. In fact – this is what the bulk of the movie is about. Chris spent nearly a year homeless. He has lost everything including his home, all his money and his wife. Being the fighter that he is, he doesn’t let any of these unfortunate circumstances stop him from achieving his dream of becoming a stockbroker.

The Pursuit of Happyness will teach us, yet again, that sacrifices are necessary Get ready to be and inspired – and well, maybe cry just a little bit.

4. The Social Network (2010)

Social Media has ultimately changed the way we live our lives. Sure, it has its downsides and disadvantages but it has also made a lot of things more convenient for a lot of us. For that, we have Facebook and the man behind it to thank : Mark Zuckerburg.

The year is 2003. 19-year-old Mark Zuckerburg is a Harvard student who comes up with ‘FaceMash’, an app that allows visitors to rate the attractiveness of females. We’re not even going to sugar coat it – it sounds a little bit off. Harvard thinks so too and they actually put Zuckerburg on probation because of it. However, with the help of a couple of other brilliant students, the idea was later on refined to thefacebook, a social networking platform that initially extends its network to Yale, Columbia & Stanford.

What’s a success story without a little bit of drama, right? Zuckerburg has had his own share of tribulations too – having faced a series of legal complications.

The Social Network will leave us with invaluable insights on business ethics, the value of proper documentation and thinking long-term.


5. The Greatest Showman (2018)

“The noblest art is that of making others happy.” – P.T. Barnum

We’re pretty sure you didn’t expect to see this movie in this list. But for a lot of good reasons, we think it deserves its spot. The Greatest Showman made headlines and has earned global acclamation because of its spectacular cinematics. However, if we choose to look past its colorful visuals and song numbers (not that we’re complaining! We love it!) – there is indeed a lot to be learned from its rich storyline.

Despite the lack of resources and manpower, P.T. Barnum pursues his dream of having his own circus. He followed his passion. He so strongly believed in his vision and accompanied it with unwavering dedication that he was able to uplift other people as well. Proving that there is nothing more powerful than a made up mind.

And even if he failed and made mistakes – he kept at it, made amends and picked himself right back up.

The truth of the matter is that based on statistics, 9 out of 10 businesses fail. At the end of the day, it’s not profitability or marketability that brings success to businesses. It’s the heart, the passion and the purpose that goes into building an enterprise that makes it worthy of its existence. More so, when all else fails, we just have to go back to our core, pick ourselves up and remind ourselves why we started in the first place.

By: Maddie Cruz