8 Things I Learned About Entrepreneurship from Great Films About Business

Author: Notre Dame ESTEEM

Over the years, the multiplex has been filled with countless movies about the business world. These films have much to teach us about entrepreneurship. So grab some popcorn and let’s dim the lights...


1. The Social Network -- Be Confident (But Don't Be a Jerk)

Just because you can rock a hooded sweatshirt like nobody’s business doesn’t give you the right to be cocky and arrogant. Play well with others (at least, as much as possible).


2. Jerry Maguire -- Money Isn’t Everything

Making it is good (heck, it's great) -- but don't forget why we get into this in the first place: a space where we can really express our passion.


3. There Will Be Blood -- Not Everyone is Our “Competition”

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” -Mark 8:36


4. Moneyball -- Our Biases and Assumptions Can Keep Us from Seeing True Value

Every call to the literal or metaphorical bullpen should be made with confidence.


5. Wall Street -- Greed (for Lack of a Better Word) is Good

I know, I know -- we just said Jerry Maguire was teaching us that money wasn't everything, but hey, it can certainly be a motivator (just don't go all Michael Douglas on us).


6. Tucker -- The World is Always Waiting for the Next Great “Light Bulb” Idea

In the spirit of Edison, keep dreaming, keep inventing, keep innovating, and never close the door on progress.


7. Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion -- Don’t Inflate Your Resume

It doesn’t pay to lie. Conversely, it usually pays off to know what “business” you’re in.


8. Citizen Kane -- Live Without Regrets

“Citizen Kane,” is a film about regret, teaching us to not get caught in a mindset where we’re pining for our “Rosebud.”