Finding inspiration can be challenging for any employee. For the entrepreneur, however, it can be even more difficult to find sources of motivation and inspiration. Most business experts agree that for any leader, staying current on trends, learning leadership techniques, and gaining insight on how other leaders have found success is an important part of the leadership journey. To accomplish this, most experts point to books and journals about business and leadership. While reading is a valuable and meaningful way of enriching your knowledge, there is another way to seek motivation.
Next time you need inspiration or business knowledge, reach for your remote. Block off two hours and queue up one of these documentaries, which make it possible for entrepreneurs to get an up close and personal look at business owners and other leaders from around the world. Entrepreneurs at every stage of their business journey will benefit from the lessons contained within these films, and they will inspire, motivate, and instruct you on how to help your company reach its fullest potential.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
The 2001 scandal that rocked financial markets is the focus of this 2005 documentary. Enron’s energy empire was valued at over $70 million before they filed for bankruptcy, affecting millions of people financially. Following a tangled web of accounting fraud and corruption, this behind-the-scenes look is both sobering and intriguing. Entrepreneurs can learn valuable insight into how not to run a successful company while taking a hard look at the lure of instant wealth.
Based on the book by the same title, Freakonomics is a candid look at what drives consumers to buy. With clear insight, the movie explores the science behind people’s decision-making processes and discusses how companies can use these motivators to drive customer engagement. By understanding incentive-based thinking, entrepreneurs and business owners can reach consumers where they are and increase customer spending. Additionally, companies that use incentive-based programs, which compel employees to sell more, increased their success at reaching sales goals by nearly 80 percent.
3. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Foodies and entrepreneurs alike will be drawn into the story of Jiro Ono, a Japanese restaurant owner and chef who is renowned for his skill with sushi. Viewers will be entranced with the dedication, commitment, and decades of work it took for him to reach such a high level of perfection. The movie shows his commitment to excellence, how is he preparing to pass his skill and knowledge to his son, and the importance of working with quality ingredients and people. Entrepreneurs will be encouraged by the success he has achieved and the payoff of a lifetime of hard work.
The accidental success of Burt Shavitz is the story behind Burt’s Buzz, a tale that will enthrall viewers with its true rags-to-riches plot. Shavitz began his career in honey-based personal care as a hobby. A photojournalist, Shavitz was a beekeeper who stumbled onto a viable product that ultimately became the billion-dollar brand Burt’s Bees. The ups and downs of his life story, along with the insight into his business decisions, will inspire entrepreneurs to pursue their passion.
Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
This powerful film details how Steve Jobs built Apple into one of the most recognizable brands, left, then returned to bring it back from the brink of disaster. His imagination and talents have captivated the imagination of millions of people, while his sense of drive and business acumen have motivated entrepreneurs. Exclusive interviews with Jobs will compel entrepreneurs to push the envelope to new heights and never settle for the status quo.
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
Once in a Lifetime is a fascinating tale of the rise and fall of the New York Cosmos, the North American Soccer League team owned by two entrepreneurs. This insider’s look at professional sports includes a cautionary tale of letting success go to your head. Important messages about choosing the right people for your team, how to be an expert in your field, and why you should surround yourself with people more knowledgeable than you are applicable to both sports and business.
Print the Legend
All entrepreneurs struggle with trying to find the balance between their personal life and their business. Sometimes, it is instructive to see what happens when an entrepreneur makes what appears to be a wrong decision. Bre Pettis, the founder of 3-D printer technology company MakerBots, was willing to sacrifice everything to ensure his company succeeded. This is in stark contrast to MakerBot’s competitor, Formlabs, which struggled to find investors and maintain a healthy balance. Viewers will form their own opinion on who ultimately succeeded, and how their choices affected their future.
TED Talks: Life Hacks
A collection of 10 of the most popular videos compiled specifically for entrepreneurs and business owners. Within the collection, viewers will learn the importance of body language, productivity hacks, and more, gaining direct insight into proven methods presented by top-level executives, scholars from elite colleges, and industry experts.
These movies make it possible for entrepreneurs to get an up close and personal look at business owners and other leaders from around the world. Entrepreneurs at every stage of their business journey will benefit from the lessons contained within these films, and they will inspire, motivate, and instruct you on how to help your company reach its fullest potential.