Hollywood has produced a lot of memorable movies quotes over the years, and everyone has their favorite. But did you realize that some quotes from famous movies contain real kernels of business wisdom?
So, whether you feel like “the king of the world,” or believe that you “could’ve been a contender” or consider that you should “always be closing”: Entrepreneurs can draw a lot from movies.
Here are the 10 inspirational movie quotes for entrepreneurs,
1. A Beautiful Mind
“Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.”
If you are going to build a company, set out to do something nobody else has done before. If you are working to solve real pain for real people, you will truly distinguish yourself from the competition.
2. The Aviator
“Don’t tell me I can’t do it; don’t tell me it can’t be done!”
Along the way you are going to hear from a lot of naysayers. People who are skeptical or don’t have the fortitude to do what you are trying to do. If it were easy, everyone would do it. Don’t let the insecurities of others hold you back.
3. American Gangster
“The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room.”
You will find out soon that talk is cheap and actions are what you should value. The person who is loudest, the person who tries to “own the room” and generally just loves to hear themselves talk, often is the one who produces the least amount of value. Look for and build around the people who stay focused solving problems with others (vs. just talking about them).
4. The Godfather
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
You are going to be doing a lot of negotiating. You will be securing new partnerships and working to recruit top talent. What can you offer that nobody else can offer? If you are selling
5. Jerry McGuire
“The key to this business is personal relationships.”
From customers to partners to employees, many times success comes down to one thing: the people. To build a great company you need to find great people. If you don’t nail that you are going to be fighting an uphill battle.
6. Pirates of Caribbean
“Even a good decision if made for the wrong reasons can be a bad decision”
The decision-making process of a startup is one of the most important parts of the culture. How do you make decisions? What are your principles? Are you making decisions that yield short-term gain but create long-term pain? If you are not making decisions for the right reasons, then you may find that decision will create more trouble later on.
“We’re going to change the game.”
At a startup one of the greatest feelings you will have is knowing your product, service or business is going to change the world. As noted in the first quote, if you are solving real pain for real people, you have the chance to create something long lasting and durable that will literally change how people live their lives.
“Nobody is going to hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”
Life as an entrepreneur can be lonely. Not everyone will understand your drive, your vision or your passion. There will even be times where there won’t be anyone in sight to help you up after life has knocked you down. In my own life, one of my biggest business “knock-downs” involved pheasants.
9. Million Dollar Baby
“It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you.”
Once again, the life of an entrepreneur can be lonely. You have your dream and vision, but there are people who are incapable of visualizing your dream or are so jealous of your success that they will plant seeds of doubt in your head. Don’t let them. Haters are gonna hate, so let them! People will tell you how you should do things.
10. Lawrence of Arabia
“Big things have small beginnings, sir.”
Don’t ever think you’re too big for your britches. When you give yourself the title of “CEO,” that doesn’t mean you’re not going to end up cleaning your own bathroom or taking out the trash. If you’re not willing to do something, how can you ask your team to do that same thing?