Business lessons from Movies


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Business lessons from Movies

  1. 1. Business Lessons from Movies Sharing this for the greater good! By: Zeeshan Muhammad KhanSourced from an article on Twitter: zeesh2
  2. 2. The quote “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”The film The Dark Knight (2008) The inspiration The Joker(Heath Ledger) neatly sums up the freelance businessmentality. Whatever your greatest business strength is – besure you are rewarded for it.
  3. 3. The quote “A million dollars isnt cool, you know whats cool?A billion dollars” The film The Social Network (2010) Theinspiration Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) explains toFacebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) theimportance of thinking big. It was this ambition and visionthat enabled the start-up Internet firm to grow into a multi-billion dollar empire.
  4. 4. The quote “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” The filmThe Godfather (1972) The inspiration In just one line Don VitoCorleone (Marlon Brando) inspired generations of negotiators.Whether you’re offering a job, discussing pricing, buying property orlooking settle a contract remember the person on the other side ofthe table ALWAYS has a price. Just don’t go to the same extent as thisMafia boss.
  5. 5. The quote "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greedworks. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of theevolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, forlove, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind." The film WallStreet (1987) The inspiration Philanthropy is all well and good but thefundamental factor driving many a business is the pursuit of wealth. Nobodysums that up better that Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas).
  6. 6. The quote "Everywhere Ive been today theres always been something wrong.Too young, too old, too short, too tall. Whatever the exception is, I can fix it. Ican be older, I can be taller, I can be anything." The film The Secret of MySuccess (1987) The inspiration Climbing the corporate ladder is not easy.Getting a foot in the door is even harder. Brantley Foster (Michael J. Fox)encapsulated the struggles faced by recent graduates with this succinct offer.
  7. 7. The quote “Training is useful, but there is no substitute forexperience.” The film From Russia With Love (1963) Theinspiration Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) may have been a Russianspy on a mission to destroy James Bond but if things turnedout differently she would have had an excellent career inrecruitment.
  8. 8. "Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gaveup and drowned, but the second mouse, he struggled so hard that heeventually churned that cream into butter and he walked out.” The filmCatch Me If You Can (2002) The inspiration The old adage “if at first youdon’t succeed, try and try again” has inspired many an entrepreneur.Anybody who has triumphed over adversity on the rocky road tosuccess will, therefore, appreciate Frank Abangale’s (Leonardo DiCaprios) tale of determination.
  9. 9. The quote “Constantly talking isnt necessarilycommunicating.” The film Eternal Sunshine of the SpotlessMind (2004) The inspiration Faced with incessant dialogueJoel Barish (Jim Carey) questions the value in what he ishearing. It is a lesson that should be considered before everymeeting, email or tweet.
  10. 10. The quote "Only one thing counts in this world: Get them to signon the line which is dotted." The film Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)The inspiration This film, which also gave us the motivational line“Always Be Closing,” should be required viewing for sales peoplein all industries. Business is not always about strategizing,networking and management – at some stage you have to close adeal. Don’t forget Blakes (Alec Baldwin) advice.
  11. 11. The quote "You got a dream you gotta protect it. People cant dosomething themselves, they wanna tell you cant do it." The filmPursuit of Happyness (2006) The inspiration Anybody who hasever used the words determined or motivated on their resumeneeds to watch this film. Chris Gardner’s (Will Smith) power ofwill moves him from the street to stockbroker’s office in recordtime.
  12. 12. The quote “You don’t keep throwing your net where there aren’tany fish.” The film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Theinspiration Location, location, location is a key factor in business.Retail and hospitality entrepreneurs in particular take note
  13. 13. The quote “My number one rule is, ‘Hope for the best, plan forthe worst.” The film The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Theinspiration There is a reason why Noah Vosen (David Strathairn)has risen to the position of deputy director of an intelligenceagency. Follow the advice when working on projects big orsmall.
  14. 14. The quote "Think big, think positive, never show any sign ofweakness. Always go for the throat. Buy low, sell high. Fear?Thats the other guys problem." The film Trading Places (1983)The inspiration Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) has contemptfor competition. The fearless approach to business – ifcombined with a little forethought – can give you thecompetitive edge you crave.
  15. 15. The quote "Its hard to soar with the eagles when youresurrounded by turkeys." The film Mr. Deeds (2002) Theinspiration There may be no “I” in team but sometimes you haveto be honest about the capabilities of those around you.Surround yourself with excellence and you’re all the more likelyto see excellence yourself. Maybe Longfellow Deeds (AdamSandler) is wiser than he first appears.
  16. 16. The quote "A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sellthe client some stock or he sells you a reason he cant. Either way asale is made, the only question is who is gonna close?" The filmBoiler Room (2002) The inspiration There is an “us and them”mentality to business that can put businesses and their customerson opposite sides. This can seem all the more true in a salesposition as brokerage hot shot Jim Young (Ben Affleck) outlines hiscommercial philosophy.
  17. 17. The quote "Look, I aint in this for your revolution, and Im not in itfor you, princess. I expect to be well paid. Im in it for the money."The film Star Wars Episode IV (1977) The inspiration We’re all alittle mercenary when it comes to negotiating personal contracts.Han Solo (Harrison Ford) understands the importance of risk versusreward considerations.
  18. 18. The quote "Never do nothing you wouldnt want printed on thefront page of The New York Times." The film Born Yesterday(1950) The inspiration Ethics and business are unusualbedfellows. But follow Billie Dawn’s (Judy Holliday) advice andyou will be able to balance profit with properness.
  19. 19. The quote "Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed." The filmScarface (1983) The inspiration Frank Lopez (Robert loggia) andTony Montana (Al Pacino) work in a criminally niche industry. Butthe human psychology that drives their business decisions is nodifferent to what all business people witness on a daily basis.
  20. 20. The quote “If you build it, he will come.” The film Field of Dreams(1989) The inspiration Construction industry workers and RayKinsella (Kevin Costner) have one thing in common. Their vision IStheir business. Whether you’re singing bricks and mortar deals orhigh concept commerce it all starts with an idea and hard work.
  21. 21. The quote "I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. Im washing lettuce. Soon Ill be on fries; then the grill.And pretty soon, Ill make assistant manager, and thats when thebig bucks start rolling in." The film Coming to America (1988) Theinspiration Work hard and you will progress. This motivational linefed to generations of entry-level workers is neatly summed up byrestaurant worker Maurice (Louie Anderson).
  22. 22. The quote "A 25 per cent slice of something big is better than 100per cent slice of nothing." The film The Hustler (1961) Theinspiration The words spoken by street hustler Fast Eddie (PaulNewman) should be a mantra for venture capitalists andinvestors the world over.
  23. 23. The quote "My only real motivation is not to be hassled - that,and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will onlymake someone work just hard enough not to get fired." The filmOffice Space (1999) The inspiration You don’t need to be JackWelch to realise that your entire workforce does not operate atuniform performance levels. Even in times of economic hardshipthe views of Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) will be shared by largeparts of any workforce.
  24. 24. The quote “Buy, buy, buy! Oh, everyones buying? Then sell, sell,sell!" The film Caddyshack (1980) The inspiration As far as we areaware this golf comedy is not part of the curriculum at HarvardBusiness School. Which is a shame, because if Al Czervik’s(Rodney Dangerfield) simple advice were followed more oftenthen the world could probably have avoided at least one financialcrisis.
  25. 25. The quote "Just keep swimming." The film Finding Nemo (2003)The inspiration Regal blue tang Dory (Ellen Degeneres) wasn’tmaking an analogy when she advised her friend Marlin to justkeep swimming. It was meant literally. But it is a quote that hasbeen adopted by struggling office workers the world over to sumup the persistence and determination to get through a day in anormal office.
  26. 26. The quote "If they cant start a meeting without you, well, thats a meetingworth going to, isnt it? And thats the only kind of meeting you should everconcern yourselves with.” The film Swimming With Sharks (1994) Theinspiration How important are you to the meetings you have on a daily basis?If you’re there just to make up the numbers then maybe you should takestock of your career so far. Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey) was talking aboutthe movie business but the sentiment stretches to absolutely any otherindustry you care to name.
  27. 27. The quote “Ninety percent of what youre saying isnt comingout of your mouth.” The film Hitch (2005) The inspiration Chooseyour words carefully and be just as selective with your bodylanguage. Save yourself hours of NLP training and take on boardpersonal relationship expert Alex Hitchins’ (Will Smith) advice.
  28. 28. The quote “Well, youre in management now. If everybodyloved you, youd be doing something wrong.” The film ThePaper (1994) The inspiration It doesn’t matter who, what orwhere you are managing – at some stage you are going to haveto make tough decisions and ones that are not universallypopular. That is why you are the manager. Heed Bernie White’s(Robert Duvall) advice and remember work is not a popularitycontest.
  29. 29. The quote “If you don’t start somewhere, you’re gonna getnowhere.” The film Marley (2012) The inspiration A Bob Marleydocumentary seems like a strange place to seek business wisdombut this line could have come from the mouth of any self-mademillionaire. Ideas and talent can only drive an entrepreneur whenthey have actually taken the decision to act.
  30. 30. The quote "I think the question we should be asking is, do youbelieve in this thing or not The film Moneyball (2011) The inspirationAsking the right questions is important in business. Think and actdifferently and you can stand out in any market. But always have aclear vision in mind. Once the vision is formed have belief in whatyou do and stick to it. If you consider yourself to be a businessinnovator like Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) never let your strategy andvision stray far from your mind.
  31. 31. The quote "Normally, it takes years to work your way up to thetwenty-seventh floor. But it only takes 30 seconds to be out onthe street again. You dig?" The film The Apartment (1960) Theinspiration The corporate ladder has many a slippery rung. JDSheldrake’s (Fred MacMurray) cautionary tale is worthremembering for any worker looking to build a long-term career.
  32. 32. The quote “The only thing to invest in is the future.” The film MrMagorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007) The inspiration A wonderemporium may genuinely be considered a recession-proofbusiness but the young Eric Applebaum (Zach Mills) has a solidstrategy that can build the foundations of the future of anybusiness.
  33. 33. The quote "Theres nothing cheap about loyalty." The film Up inthe Air (2009) The inspiration Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) isreferring to frequent flyer programmes when he offers his views oncorporate loyalty. But the lesson of reliability, dependability andconsistency can be learnt in all aspects of business.
  34. 34. The quote “It’s no trick to make a lot of money, if what you want to do ismake a lot of money.” The film Citizen Kane (1941) The inspiration Widelyregarded as one of the all time great Hollywood films, Citizen Kane is alsoa morality tale worth remembering. Charles Foster Kane’s (Orson Welles)relentless pursuit of wealth and power comes at the expense of personalpride and happiness. This last word on Kane’s immense fortune falls to hisbusiness manager Mr. Bernstein.