If you are a young entrepreneur, there is so much to learn through case studies. Sure, the lessons you learn there can be translated to the real world. However, do you really memorize the lines in one of those studies and apply them to your real life? Probably not.
On the other hand, you can learn valuable lessons through fiction, and nothing resonates more with people than cinema. Movies mirror our personal struggles in life and business and some movie scenes could inspire you to go after and thus fulfill your dreams and aspirations. If you are looking for some practical lessons that could lead to your next business breakout, here are the must-see movies.
Jerry MaGuire (1996)
After sharing a memo he wrote in the heat of a panic attack to every employee in his company, Jerry Maguire was fired. The memo was a confession about how sports agents (including himself) only care about making money, neglecting the relationships they had with their clients. By following his beliefs, he started a path of self-discovery, which resulted in a success in his business life.
As you can see from the movie, it’s not all about attracting as many customers as you can so as to grow your business. It’s more important to know how to retain them by creating a respectable personal relationship with your clients. Mutual respect is the key for a successful business, and you can show your clients how much you appreciate their support by launching promotions that provide great value to them.
Billy Beane had only one goal in his life – to win Major League Baseball (MLB) with his Oakland team. In professional sports, the only way to create a winning team is to form a group of talented and usually very expensive players. Beane, however, managed to beat the odds with one of the lowest budget teams in the league.
The movie inspires us to think out of the box and approach the problem from different angles. It shows us that despite the fact that every beginning is difficult, you can find your way through by changing the way you play the game. You have to accept the fact that there are much bigger players out there, and taking them head-on is not always an option.
The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network is a real story movie about how one of the founders of social media managed to become the youngest billionaire ever. The message of the movie is quite simple – every business idea is worthless unless it’s materialized. In this case, Mark was accused of stealing the idea by creating a social network, but he expertly showed that the value of the project lies in its positioning and strategy.