7 Movies With Great Entrepreneurial/Motivational Lessons

I have come to learn that great ideas can be birthed while doing fun things like reading a book or an article, watching a speech, television show and as mundane as it may sound- watching a movie. Movies can spark creative ideas and provide helpful inspiration for entrepreneurs.

That’s right! Where are my fellow movie buffs in the house? You have an excuse to watch some cinematic masterpieces!

Grab your popcorn, get comfy on the couch and watch these movies to get inspired and enlightened:

The Secret: Positive Attitude

“Instead of focusing on the world’s problems, give your attention and energy to trust, love, abundance, education and peace” – The Secret


The Secret is based on The Law Of Attraction. Whilst a lot are bit skeptical about the Law Of Attraction, the movie does, however, portray a very positive philosophy for life.
The film has one primary aim: To help you lead a better life by changing your mental attitude. So for anyone who is looking for inspiration and motivation, The Secret is a movie that does just that.

Yes Man: Opportunity

”YES! Say it a million times. Then say it a million more. And the word you will have said two million times is…” – Yes Man

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Yes Man, is an amusing movie that anyone can appreciate. Jim Carrey plays Carl Allen, who lives the average and unfulfilled life. He finds himself at a self-help seminar called ‘Yes’, and soon, his life makes an interesting shift. Yes Man will have you thinking about all the opportunities you may have missed by saying ‘no’ to things.

The Social Network: Entitlement

”A guy who makes a nice chair doesn’t owe money to everyone who has ever built a chair.” – The Social Network


I think everyone should be familiar with The Social Network movie, and the success of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
The Social Network is a movie that will inspire anyone to feel deserving of success, whilst also showing some of the drawbacks that being successful can have with the creation of backstabbing and legal rows.

The Wolf Of Wall Street: Drive And Prosperity

”Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time.” – The Wolf Of Wall Street




Based on the true life story of Jordan Belfort, The Wolf Of Wall Street is a film that shows some of the things money can buy, and what it can’t.
It’s hard to watch this film and not feel empowered by DiCapprio’s performance. The movie will make you revaluate your current life, and have you aiming for the finer things. It also teaches that while greed, hedonism and fraud may be tempting, it eventually leads to failure. There are no shortcuts to succeeding in business and life. Take the time to grow a credible business built on solid values and ethics.

In Pursuit Of Happyness: Never Giving Up

“Hey! Don’t ever let somebody tell you… you can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something’, go get it. Period.” – In Pursuit Of Happyness


In Pursuit Of Happyness is beautiful film that will almost leave you in tears. Will Smith plays, salesman Chris Gardner who encounters a great financial struggle, becoming homeless.
This film will demonstrate why you should never give up on yourself, and to not allow circumstances to destroy your dreams.

The Words: Own Your Work

“At some point, you have to choose between life and fiction. The two are very close, but they never actually touch.” – The Words

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A movie featuring Bradley Cooper, playing a struggling writer. The Words demonstrates how success can be a difficult, and provoke you to give up, or as it was in this case, copy someone else.
This movie will certainly inspire you to take charge of you work, and to do the best you can with what you have.

What are some of your favorite movies? What can they teach entrepreneurs? Share in the comments section below.

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