Saturday, 21 May 2016

Ten must watch movies for aspiring minds

Movies can be more than a source of entertainment. Below are some movies that will inspire you:

10Jerry Maguire (1996)

This movie teaches you to stick to your values. The movie is  about a big-firm sports agent willing to do anything to score lofty contracts for athletes (and the hefty commission that comes with it), Jerry Maguire is fired after a change of heart leading him to adopt a more honest approach to his work. He may have lost his job and most of his clients, but rather than give up, Jerry decides to start a sport agency of his own. The movie reminds us that starting a business is never easy, but doing what you believe in is always the right choice. In the end, he’s happier and more successful than ever.

09. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
The movie teaches us that competition is good for success.It  captures the rivalry between Apple and Microsoft as Steve Jobs  and Bill Gates both begin to build their technology empires in the 1980’s. Though the film is fictional, it does translate an intense rivalry between two businessmen, and how they constantly feed off that rivalry. Considering that the real Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are now at the top of their industry, looks like the movie was making (at least one) point: When you’re just starting out, a little competition never hurt anyone.

08. Wall Street (1987)
It was a critically appraised movie and teaches us that greed is good only to a certain extent. The movie is about Bud Fox , an eager young stockbroker on Wall Street, who is desperate to make it big in the finance world. He finagles a meeting with the notoriously ruthless and extremely wealthy broker Gordon Gekko, whose motto is “greed is good.” Gekko becomes a mentor for Fox, folding the younger businessman under his successful wing as he encourages deceitful business practices—including fraud and insider trading—to get ahead. But when Fox is arrested for shady business dealings, he realizes there are more important things to strive for than money.

07. Office Space (1999)
This movie showcases office politics at its best. If not in the past or the present, you are definitely going to relate to this movie at least once in your life.

06. Too Big to Fail (2011)
This movie is about the 2008 financial meltdown of the USA and focuses on the actions of U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to contain the problems during the period of August 2008 to October 13, 2008. (Remember my post “Is Greed Good?” and the lines where I mentioned about an economy getting stumbled? Watch this movie and find out for yourself)

05. 21(2008)
The film is inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team as told in Bringing Down the House, the best-selling book by Ben Mezrich. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) senior math major Ben Campbell) is accepted into Harvard Medical School, but cannot afford the $300,000 fee. Despite a 44 MCAT score and top grades, Ben faces a fierce competition for the prestigious Robinson Scholarship that would pay entirely for the medical school. The director tells him that the scholarship would go to the student who would “dazzle” him back a the MIT professor Micky Rosa  challenges Ben with the Monty Hall problem, which he solves successfully. After looking at Ben’s score on his latest non-linear equations paper, on which he got 97%, Rosa invites Ben to join his blackjack team. What happens next is for you to see.

04. Catch me if you can (2002)
A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars’ worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor but later worked for the government in identifying check frauds.

03. Patch Adams (1988)
Patch Adams is determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community does not appreciate his methods of healing the sick, while the actual patients, medical professors, and hospital nurses all appreciate the work *he* can do, because they are unable to do it.

02. The Social Network(2010)
He may be the world’s youngest billionaire, but Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn’t get to that point without making a few enemies along the way. From a Harvard dorm room to the courtroom, The Social Network film is based on the Facebook creator’s trials and triumphs as he builds the social network into the billion-dollar empire. Though the Zuckerberg and his early staff shrug the movie off as totally fictional, the saga does come with a valuable warning to young entrepreneurs about how easily fame and fortune can jeopardize personal relationships.

01. The pursuit of Happyness (2006)
A real life story of Chris Gardner who is a struggling salesman in San Francisco who is left homeless and caring for his young son after he blows his family’s savings on a bad business investment. But Gardner doesn’t waste time despairing. He decides to take on an unpaid six-month long internship that could potentially lead him to the job of his dreams. Though the other interns are younger and more educated, Gardner’s common sense, good attitude, and incredible work ethic prevails. He gets the dream, while also earning the respect of everyone he works with.

Watch the movies and feel inspired.

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