As an entrepreneur, for any company to scale, staying motivated, no matter how many times you face failure, is a key trait. Only when the founder is spirited to take on the tasks and achieve the goals, his/her employees are motivated as well. A great film can turn a visit to the cinema into more than an excuse to procrastinate. For your daily dose of inspiration and to get over your obstacles here are 5 motivational movies. These top five films will challenge your limits, push your understanding, spark your imagination and evoke strong emotions.
1. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
This is widely considered to be one is the greatest films made in the history of cinema. It’s a story about hope and freedom.
Here’s the story: Andy Dufresne, the protagonist (played by Tim Robbins,) is a banker who manages to make the very best out of a bad situation as he gets imprisoned for a false murder. Through determination, he manages to achieve far more than he thought possible. Andy uses his financial skills to help the warden and the prison guards to keep accounts. Through this, he comes to know about the illegal gains they’ve made using prisoners as manual labour. This is later exposed by Andy. This film teaches us the importance of developing long term goals while continuing to achieve short term goals.
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2. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
It’s an honest, meaningful film which makes the viewer fully invested in the struggles of Chris Gardner. He overcomes unbelievable circumstances to achieve his dreams. This movie teaches us that even having a little bit of hope can lead you to an opportunity. The real life father and son dynamic between Will Smith and Jaden Smith enriched the film. WARNING: Bring a box of tissues to the movie.
Here’s the story: The Pursuit of Happyness is based on a true story based on the life of an entrepreneur Chris Gardner. He goes through a year long’s struggle of being homeless with his son while going through a 6 month unpaid internship as a stockbroker.
“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do somethin’ themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. If you want somethin’,. Go go get it. Period.” – The Pursuit of Happyness
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3. Forrest Gump (1994)
One of the most critically acclaimed movies and one of Tom Hank’s best movies.
Here’s the story: Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low I.Q., but with good intentions. He accidentally becomes a phenomenal success by living life the way he feels is right.
He wins medals, becomes a professional ping pong player, takes up running, starts a shrimping company and inspires people across the country. The story revolves around Forrest Gump and he proves that you don’t have to be a genius to achieve something. All you need to do is try.
“My momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump
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4. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Jordan Belfort is the perfect example of what an entrepreneur shouldn’t be. He is driven by greed and has no empathy toward his people. He lives life indulging in extreme debauchery, which eventually leads to his downfall.
Here’s the story: It is a true story of Jordan Belfort who is an entrepreneur. The movie shows the rise and fall of his firm which was engaged in a securities scam which draws the attention of the FBI.
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – The Wolf Of Wall Street
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5. Nightcrawler (2014)
This movie will teach you that anyone can achieve anything, with persuasion and drive.
Here’s the story: It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom who is a guy looking for a job, but can’t find one. He then finds an opportunity while witnessing a crime, after which, he decides to become a crime journalist.
We hope your weekend binge plans are sorted with our list of highly motivational movies! If you know of any gems that we may have left out, comment and let us know!
Questions To Ask Before You Take On A New Business Partner
When it comes to entering into a new business partnership, it is extremely vital to know who you are getting in bed with for the rest of your life (if things go well.) While most things may seem great and you may click with your partner right away, you can never be a 100 % sure of the other person. Knowing how difficult it is to make a decision like this, we have a list of questions you could ask before entering a new partnership!
1. “What is your goal?”
People who are setting out on their own often know what they want from life. While you may know who the other person is, it is important to know what makes them tick. Like Jonathan Mead from Playboy said, “If you’re going to do business with anyone, you need to get clear on the why. Knowing where you’re going is great, but if you don’t know why you’re both going there, then you’re screwed. Always start with why, and let the circle expand from there.” Almost 32 % of CEOs say most of their partnerships failed because they did not do a thorough research about who their partners were. When you know what your partner’s goals are, you know how far they can go to achieve them. Make sure you understand everything about your future partner’s ideas, dreams and passions.
2. “What are you looking for from this partnership?”
One of the primary reasons you are looking for someone with whom you can partner is because they have a different perspective on things. While you do need someone who is similar to you in most ways, you also need someone who can bring new ideas to the table. When you are looking for a new partner, understand the other person’s strengths and ask them for what they are looking from this partnership. Maybe you have the strengths they do not have. One of the primary things which you should consider before forming a partnership is, your potential partner and you have a shared goal. Your ideas and thought processes have to be aligned and you have to have see the same end goal together. Only if your ideas match, can you start working toward the bigger picture.
3. “How are you placed financially?”
Financial stability is extremely important when it comes to entering a new business deal. Get a clear understanding about the kind of financial commitments your partner has and make sure you have a clear picture of how much they can put into the business. While it may be tough to ask this question upfront, it is extremely important to get to know these details from the very beginning.
4. “How much time can you put into the business?”
Business partners come in different forms. There are certain partners who are hands on and completely involved and there are others who are only part of the deal financially. In order to get clarity about your partnership, ask your partner for what kind of partnership your partner is looking. Moreover, apart from knowing the kind of partnership you are looking at having with your partner, it is important to know how much time they can put into the business. Whether it is full time or part time, getting clarity about these things is extremely vital. Asking this question in the beginning helps you avoid confusions later on during the journey.
5. “What is your long term plan?”
There are several reasons as to why people enter into a partnership. While some may be motivated money wise, others are pushed forward for different reasons. However, while they may enter the deal with a certain idea in mind, they almost always have an exit strategy in place. Make sure you ask the person for how long they want to be in the partnership and what they seem to get out of the deal. Talking about this will help you get a clear idea about not just the business you are getting into at this point, but during the later years as well!
When it comes to partnering with a new person, there are several things you can do in order to have a fruitful and long partnership. If you think we missed out on any other questions like these, comment and let us know!
How To Master Your Craft
It is no secret it is a lot of fun to watch people do what they love. Painters, chess players, pianists and dancers, all these people perform exceptionally well and when you watch them, you realise this is not just a statement. How does this happen? How do people reach a point of success where they love their craft so much, it becomes a part of who they are? It is by following the below suggestions about how to perfect your craft!
1. Find what drives you toward your passion
Everyone has the power to master certain skills in life. There are so many things one dreams of doing when they were younger, wild and free. The first step of rediscovering what your passion is, is by rediscovering the instinct which drove you toward your passion in the first place. In the process of growing up, you forget what you loved doing, either because of boredom or because of how things pan out. Connect the dots from your childhood, draw a map of what you love, start doing what you loved as a child and slowly, everything starts falling in place. Reconnect to your past and let go of things which are holding you back. Only then can you truly start working toward your passion again.
To sum this up, as Chris Bailey says, “People become experts on a particular subject by accumulating and connecting enough dots related to them, in the form of experiences, knowledge, and best practices. Our brains are naturally programmed to cluster related dots.”
2. Have multiple test runs
Mastering a craft is not an overnight process. It takes a lot of time, effort and continuous practice to make sure you know what you have set out to do. Once you have chosen your path, you should start reading and learning about different ways to master your skill. This can be done through a number of ways ranging from classes, books, forums, blogs or guides. At the end of the day, do everything possible to sharpen your skill and craft. Test the things you learn in different formats. Make mistakes and learn from them. If all the artists we love didn’t work and rework on their arts constantly, they wouldn’t be who they are today.
3. Stay consistent with your practice
Deliberate practice takes a lot of time and effort. However, deliberate practice has certain processes you can follow when it comes to staying consistent. Work with a mentor and tell them what your plans are. When you start working with a mentor, you realise you can do a lot more in life than you thought. Mentors help push your dreams and make them come true. Stay consistent in your practice tips and everything will fall in place. It is not a coincidence that the best pianists, athletes and writers practice over and over till they perfect the art. Keep going at your strengths and everything starts going right.
4. Realise that mastering a craft takes sacrifice
People are great at what they do because of the amount of time and effort they put into perfecting their craft. While practice seems like it is enough, the perfection comes because of a great deal of sacrifice as well. What shapes you as a person is your attitude toward your work. If you truly, deeply want to create something extraordinary, the amount of time you put into what you do matters a lot. The amount of time you put into the task is important. If Da Vinci did not sacrifice a life of comfort for a life of hardship, he wouldn’t have been able to create some truly brilliant works of art.
5. Keep going
While working on your craft, it is important to remember you should keep going, no matter what. Be patient. Van Gogh never sold a noteworthy piece of art his entire life. Jeffrey Archer gained recognition after being arrested for the kind of books he wrote. Different people known for their greatness achieved success because they kept going, no matter what. Stay focused on your goal and work on it, despite all the negativity. Everything you want to do is achievable.
Like Napoleon said, “Nothing is impossible.” There is no wrong time and there is nothing which is truly impossible to achieve. Practicing your trade and perfecting your art is what you need to do in order to stand apart. What are your thoughts about how to perfect your craft? Comment and let us know!
Brands Which Successfully Used Guerrilla Marketing
With social media and digital marketing growing hand in hand, people were looking at new forms of marketing. Although the 1980s did see a few brands using guerrilla marketing, it wasn’t until Jay Conrad Levinson’s book, Guerrilla Marketing, that people started paying attention to this form of marketing. This book dished out everything which goes on with guerrilla marketing and talked about how major advertising results were derived with barely any money being spent.
Similar to guerrilla warfare techniques, this kind of marketing involves quick and precise attacks, with the result being an instant recall of the brand! While the ’80s saw small brands using this form of marketing, the early 2000s saw an increasing use of it to spread word about the brand. From Red Bull, to Taco Bell and to Eastern Bank, these major companies have used this particular marketing technique to the fullest!
1. Red Bull
As a company which uses social media to its complete advantage, Red Bull has quite literally redefined marketing. By creating individual campaigns with the brand as its central focus, this energy drink producing company started creating campaigns aimed at promoting it as a positive drink. By placing massive Red Bull cans on a Red Bull car, the brand used guerrilla marketing to its complete advantage. Every event they have is centered around promoting the brand. From having individual challenges with Red Bull involved in them, to having a tag line which redefines energy and positions the brand differently, every campaign is created toward increasing recall. These campaigns were so successful, it increased the market share of Red Bull by 70 % and by 2010, the Company sold 4.2 billion cans all over the world. Today, Red Bull is consumed by people in more than 160 countries! Talk about marketing campaigns done right.
2. Pokémon Go
Created by Nintendo, Pokémon Go was one of the most one of the most popular games which came from the United States. A completely immersive game, people went so far as to create hangout spots for increasing the pokémon capturing hotspots. Even social media was going crazy with this fad, with tweets about this game outweighing national topics. With downloads of this app shooting higher than those of apps Tinder and Candy Crush, Nintendo’s sales started skyrocketing. One of the most dominating guerrilla marketing campaigns from 2016, the virtual reality app for Pokémon Go was used by people all over the world. One of the primary reasons this campaign picked up so quickly was because of its immersive nature. An augmented 3D reality game, the Pokémon Go app let people catch pokémons in unexpected places.
3. The Ice Bucket Challenge
The Ice Bucket Challenge, was started to raise money and increase awareness about what the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease is. This challenge went viral in the year 2014. Affecting over 6,000 people a year in the United States alone, ALS results in death between 2 to 4 years of the diagnosis. Using social media as a platform, the challenge had people throwing buckets of ice water on themselves and then nominating three people to complete the challenge as well. Aimed at showing people what ALS really does and how it affects people, this challenge involved more than 17 million people all over the world and raised a grand total of $ 220 million for research aimed at improving the lives of the people suffering from ALS.
Sometimes, money isn’t really all that is needed to make a mark in the world of advertising. All it takes is an idea. Uber quite literally hit gold when it partnered with Cheezburger and ASPCA for the Uber kittens promotion. In order to increase awareness about giving these kittens a home, Uber would deliver kittens to people and give them 15 minutes of play time! So popular was this campaign that within just a few days of being launched, more than 30 kittens were already adopted! Not only did Uber get good word of mouth publicity, the kittens also got a home. Talk about a win win campaign!
5. Eastern Bank
In a one of its kind marketing campaign, Eastern Bank launched a campaign which was aimed at brand recall. Using a guerrilla marketing brand called Plenty of Twenty, Eastern Bank set up a scavenger hunt by hiding 6 GoPro cameras around Boston. By posting a series of hints and clues on its social media handles, Eastern Bank enticed people into physically going around and looking for the hidden GoPros. What made this campaign work is, not only did it make people walk around looking for the GoPros, it also helped increase the brand recall of Eastern Bank. What could be a better guerrilla campaign than this!
6. Taco Bell
According to the rumour mill, Taco Bell hired the extremely famous Liberty Bell and used it as a part of its marketing campaign. The Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom and justice, is one of the most iconic figures from American History. Initially cast in London in the year 1752, the bell was moved to Pennsylvania State and ever since, is a representation of all the times America fought for its rights. Renaming the bell as the Taco Liberty Bell, this stint resulted in a lot of raised eyebrows. While the initial reaction was negative and raised a lot of outrage from everyone who saw the revised bell, the reaction post the storm was calm. A definite brand recall tactic, Taco Bell definitely raised a lot of eyeballs with this campaign.
Early on before diesel was used as widely as it is today, it had a negative connotation of being harmful to the environment. With an impressive guerrilla campaign, Audi quite literally changed the way people perceived diesel in itself. Working with the tagline ‘Di*sel | It’s No Longer A Dirty Word,’ Audi set about promoting diesel as an environmental friendly product. Instantly hitting the right notes, this campaign went viral. The result of this campaign was so widespread, it changed the perception around diesel in itself. While once thought to be a harmful source of energy, diesel was now viewed as a means to save the environment!
The main advantage of guerrilla marketing is, it helps increase your brand’s awareness and it leaves a lasting impression on the audience. If you think we missed out on any other marketing campaigns like these, comment and let us know!
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