Ever so often, we run out of steam. One too many challenges keeping us down and we’re trapped in a daily routine. And it’s only just Wednesday! If you are anything like us, watching some good inspirational movies gives us a great boost in emotion and motivation to get us back in the groove again.
There’s nothing quite like watching someone else facing insurmountable hurdles, overcome by the odds, but throughout their adversities, continue to fight until they break the barriers and find success.
Maybe, just maybe, we could do the same. This gives us hope.
So let’s have a look at 4 of my favourite inspirational movies of different genres for flavour and variety. I’ve personally watched these and would highly recommend watching them. The list is in no particular order.
Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
This is THE best rag-to-riches movie of all times. For all those bootstrapping entrepreneurs out there, struggling and hustling, this one is for you. Will Smith takes this movie to another level as he depicts the life of Chris Gardner, a struggling salesman, who takes custody of his son and worked himself out of poverty to become a successful stockbroker. His drive, work ethic, commitment added with the pressure of responsibility for his loved one is something many of us can relate to.
Outside of this movie, Chris Gardner has become a world-renowned speaker and author, having motivated and inspired thousands of people from around the world. His insight and lessons in entrepreneurship is most valuable.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
“O captain, my captain” the very famous line said by the students of an exclusive high school, who became inspired by the charismatic and quirky English teacher, played by Robin Williams. He uses unconventional techniques to inspire his students in classical poetry and also in life.
This is a different kind of movie. One that would spur entrepreneurs to inspire others but also allowed to be inspired. We all need a good mentor to guide us. It is well documented the benefits of waking up early, as you get to accomplish so many things before dawn. There are many successful leaders of the world who have made it big in life by being consistent with this practice.
There’s no inspirational-movie list without this American classic. In this original and first instalment, brings the legendary Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer, who works his way up the ranks till he gets a rare opportunity to fight the heavy weight champion.
This is a movie of discipline, perseverance, and love. Even non-sports fans will get to enjoy this movie. Try putting on the theme song track while you do your work, I guarantee you’ll get pumped.
The Intern (2015)
Changing gears a little bit, before we end the list, we’re recommending something a little light and full of heart. We’ve all heard of the generational clash between the old and the new. The young, innovative and creative, are often impatient with the slow and measured senior.
But hang on. Given enough time, there’s a lot we all can learn from each other.
A retired 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert de Niro) looks into getting back into the working life. With him being out of the market for many decades, he’s got a lot of adjusting to do in the fast-paced world of online business. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers as his ‘old ways‘ charm and humour help him develop a special bond with them. There’s still so many things we can learn from the older generation. We just have to learn to listen and give them time.
Ok fine. I lied. I can’t resist. We’re dropping in one more recommendation. Not one of the inspirational movies, but definitely one for entrepreneurs. This is a TV series you CANNOT miss.
Silicon Valley – Series (2014 – )
This breakout TV series have been said to be one of the most accurate depiction of life in a tech start-up. The show captures perfectly the challenges of forming a team of developers, ideation to validation, to pitching and battling with investors, while making sure the product is ready for market. If you have not seen this, you should!
For all our tech start-ups and other entrepreneurs, you’d love this humourous, yet real account of life in the Silicon Valley.
So there you have it. Our own personal recommendation of movies (and a TV show). What do you think? Let us know what you think. What other movies inspire you?