Top 10 films for entrepreneurs - Adrian Fleming
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TOP 10 FILMS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

I’ve long been a fan of films, I remember watching the latest films on a top loading VCR when I was just 9 or 10 years old and today I still enjoy watching the latest blockbusters, only now it’s courtesy of DVDs and online streaming services.

Films are a great way to gain entrepreneurial insight, whether that’s through product placement influencing buying decisions – what red blooded guy doesn’t want a Aston Martin just like James Bond, or seeing how children and adults connect emotionally with well crafted on screen characters, even when they’re animated.

Story telling is a skill entrepreneurs need to understand, but there’s another side to films that I’d like you to experience and these 10 movies, when you look at them form a business not just entertainment point of view, will make you think.

So here are my Top 10 films for entrepreneurs…

Exit Through The Gift Shop

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

I’ll admit I’m a fan of Banksy’s work, but I’m an even greater admirer of how he manages to generate fame, fortune and publicity. This film has so many lessons embedded in it for entrepreneurs but for me the number one lesson is, without doubt, that determination and persistence can make tings happen – I’ll not spoil things by telling you anymore because I really want you to see this film and appreciate the irony, entrepreneurial and marketing lessons it contains.

Pumping Iron

PUMPING IRON

This is a film packed with entrepreneurial insight, from the psychology of success and competitive advantage to the effort and dedication you must have if you want to be the best. Whether you’re a fan of Arnold or even the sport of bodybuilding or not, don’t miss out on what is to be not just inspirational but educational too.

The Queen Of Versailles

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES

Forget the household chaos and day-to-day activities of former beauty queen Jackie and focus on her husband David, who knows that in business you have to focus, take risks and know your market and their dreams, and from this film you’ll see how one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the US deals with the good, bad and ugly of life and business.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD

This is a great insight into what many of us find when we’re focused on our business and not on our health and wellbeing. The honesty and story is great to watch and the strategy and focus Joe applies to his mission is a great model we can all use when we are committed to making changes, what ever they are.

Wolf Of Wall Street

WOLF OF WALL STREET

OK so this blockbuster film is highly entertaining, but after meeting Jordan in person I realised when it comes to sales he’s serious about it and has been all his life. The film’s a great reflection of what he did and why – my tip is to watch the way he uses words, tonality, structure and suggestion to make a sale because it’s the part of the film he was determined to make as real as possible.

Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon

THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDEN

Shep’s success was, in part a result of being in the right place at the right time, but underneath that is somebody with integrity, a great work ethic and an ability to use psychology in order to get what he wants and add value to those he works with.

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

Who’d have guessed how relevant a small sushi restaurant in Tokyo in entrepreneurship, but the facts are that when you are committed to being the best and make it your life’s work it almost impossible for anybody to stop you being successful.

The Social Network

THE SOCIAL NETWORK

This may be blockbuster but it does reveal a number of character traits and steps that anybody can use to help them become successful. The film also shows how you can’t do everything yourself and sometimes an idea from one person, the support of a talented and committed team and the attitude of somebody who knows they are right, is a powerful platform from which to build a business.

Moneyball

MONEYBALL

I’m not a baseball fan but this film really does show how looking at the right “team” is the way to approach even the most challenging situation. In business, there’s a place for emotion, gut instinct, raw talent and determination but there’s also places for logic and statistics too.

Steve Jobs – The Man In The Machine

STEVE JOBS – THE MAN IN THE MACHINE

There’ve been a number of films about the late Steve Job but this one is the most relevant for entrepreneurs. Quite early on you’ll see that Steve understands how people use technology to amplify their own skills and personality, empowering them in the process, but how you must to be totally focused, some say ruthless, in order to become successful.