MOVIES TO WATCH
One of the greatest films in the world based on the best book I’ve ever read. The Godfather is the story about the growth of a small family business as it becomes the largest organized crime family in New York, fighting off the opposition at any expense.
The Godfather and his son Michael Corleone are the brains behind the family and this film gives you an insight into what it takes to become one of the most powerful family businesses in the country.
What do you get the guy who has everything? Nicholas Van Orton (played by Michael Douglas) is a wealthy San Francisco banker whose life is wrapped up in his business, which has left him as somewhat of a loner. His brother Conrad gives him the gift of a lifetime, which would prove to change his perspective on the world and the way that he’s going to live it.
When bad things start to happen to you, you start to question what’s really important in life, business, success and money, or actually living?
This is a story about a man who’s at the top of his game; beautiful partner, the biggest clients, lots of respect. But then he decides to step back and question it all and proposes his new thoughts to the rest of the company, which ultimately ends in him losing it all. Everyone turns his back on him, except for one, very volatile client, Rod Tidwell.
From here you see Jerry examine what it really important to his business and life and works towards bringing it all back together again, only this time, the way it should be.
Pursuit of Happyness
This is a real-life story of a man who believes so badly in a product that he can’t sell that he ends up losing his house, his wife and his money, being left with just himself and his son. This in itself is an important lesson to be learnt, but it’s the steps that he takes from here that really shape him into who he becomes.
This is a powerful true story that sticks with you as you face your own personal struggles in business.
The Wolf of Wall Street
This is a story of a man who went from nothing tom something and something very big at that. It’s an inspirational film for the amount of perseverance Jordan Belfort puts into it, but that’s not what I love the most about this film. This movie does a great job of depicting how business cultures are created in fast-growth companies (minus corruption is seen in this one).
My team and I use the rallying cry “total contact” which means all team members own the solution to any problems brought to their attention — no passing off to somebody else.
The Social Network
This is another story of the young, successful and intelligent man, only this time, it’s based on a true story of the world’s youngest billionaire – Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and owner of Facebook.
The story is pretty amazing and has been made famous by this film, he starts off as a Harvard student with a strong streak of arrogance and huge potential, he creates a new social network based upon the most prestigious email address in the country, the Harvard email address. The rest, as they say, is history.
Pirates of Silicon Valley
There are no two bigger names in technology than Microsoft and Apple and this is their story. This is an amusing documentary-style film about their competition and their rise to the enormous companies that they are today.
It still holds very valuable information and pointers to learn from. After all, you've gotta be a pretty special person to become as powerful as they have.
This movie shows a very young Tom Cruise looking for fun at home while his parents are away. Once the situation gets out of hand, the main character is faced with reality and the need to find streams of revenue in order to get his life back on track before his parents return.
Overall, Risky Business is a fun film about the rush one gets when taking substantial risks.
A biopic depicting the early years of director and aviator Howard Hughes’ career from the late 1920s to mid-’40s. It wasn’t the money he made or the time he spent that made him so great, it was the attention to detail and perfection that he strived for that set him apart from his competition.
He faced many obstacles along the way from rival companies and malicious rumours, but nothing stopped him from becoming exactly who he wanted to be.
Startup.com is an excellent 2001 documentary film that is based on the rise and fall of the real-life startup GovWorks.
I strongly recommend every businessman to watch this movie for lessons on finances, capital raising, growth management, team building and management skills. Watch the film today to check out how mismanagement and internal power struggles can lead to the disastrous thrashing of a business. Be warned!
Glengarry Glen Ross
Every road to success is not paved with a straight and easy path. That’s what this movie will teach you. Based on an award-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross depicts the plight of real estate salespeople during a tumultuous sales season.
The movie has set a great example for young entrepreneurs to help them with sales customer relationship management, management tactics, stress management, negotiations & deal closings and survival tactics. Believe it or not, this movie is shown to aspiring salespeople across the globe to make them learn how to sell and what not to do.