There are movies I have watched that I think have a somewhat correlation with abc’s of life, work and anything in between. In this post I list some of these I have watched over time.
The Godfather: the movie came out in 1972 but it chronicles mafia groups led by The Don, Corleone. It’s a packed with themes of leadership, family, and the nitty-gritties of running a business, a drug related business or not. Based on how you view it, it is not very entertaining, it takes time. It teaches some subtle lessons about making tough decisions and always thinking like a winner.
Shawshank redemption: Now this is one is one of my best ever. A story about how a banker is sentenced to life imprisonment , unfairly, and then crafts a mega escape, prison break style. In between, It is packed with jewels such as to always keeping calm in the midst of trouble, shit happens, importance of friendships, taking chances, always treat others with respect and power of focusing on a goal no matter how un-achievable It might seem be. One of my best quotes from the movie ‘get busy living or get busy dying’.
Field of dreams: one of the biggest questions that a founder asks themselves is ‘if i build will they come?
3 Idiots: First time i watched this movie, I was in campus. It was like a campus theme back then-school is boring, nobody understands what the lectures are teaching, and booze. But I re-watched it later on and I now understand why I related to it: importance of curving your own path and not the one everyone thinks is good for you and having fun along the way.
Big Short: Based largely on the events of 2008 financial crisis. It is reflection of how financial markets are mainly driven by emotions and greed and little to do with facts. In a world where everyone is blind and lacks oversight, four guys predicted the collapse of housing market and they were right, billions of dollars right. And it throws in some concepts about definition of financial instruments like credit default swaps, subprime mortgages and others in a cool way.
Startup: This is a recent one about guys who try to make a new form of currency, GenCoin. It showcases the ups and downs of starting a startup. Even the episodes are named like stages of a startup: seed money, ground floor, proof of concept, angel investor, bootstrapped, buyout, hostile takeover. Also, if you are a startup enthusiast, another series called ‘Silicon Valley’ show is equally good.
The Founder: This is a somewhat controversial tale of how McDonald’s came to be. Ray Croc visited the then small fast food restaurant and was impressed by its efficiency. He then engineered the franchise model that would see McDonald’s expand to one of the largest fast food restaurants in the world amidst the controversy that he underhanded the McDonald brothers.
I would love to see your recommendations too.