15 Films and TV Shows Entrepreneurs Should Watch this Holiday

December 12, 2014

7:00 am

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The holiday season is just around the corner, and before you panic about your endless To Do List, we’ve created a film guide to help you relax and be inspired this holiday break. This holiday, take a break and recharge with some rest and motivation for 2015. And what better way (and cheaper too) to find motivation than by find inspiration in movies?

Comcast XFINITY OnDemand feature has update the list of shows and movies available for users during the holiday break. With over 100 shows and movies available at any time, you can escape the in-laws for some relaxing entertainment. You can download them and watched them on your next trip home with XFINITY’s Cloud DVR offering.

This guide will inspire and motivate the weariest of entrepreneurs:

Movies

The Social Network

The story of Facebook and how Mark Zuckerberg launched the most popular social-media network in the world. Of course, it was a bit overdramatized but it does give you an insight look into building a business from your dorm and being resilient.

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Citizen Kane

This is a classic, so everyone should watch regardless. The film revolves around the life of a fictitious Charles Foster Kane, a newspaper tycoon loosely based on William Randolph Hearst and his quest for fortune and power. In the end, however, Kane comes to understand what’s really important in life.

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Moneyball

Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s was awesome and it tells a story of how he got a winning team without having the finances. Beane had to be innovative.

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Wall Street

Another classic. Oliver Stone’s story about Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) one of the most infamous characters in cinema history with his motto “greed is good.”

Wall Street Film

 

Office Space

I personally love this film. Get ready for some laughs with this classic comedy about working inside a cubicle and creepy bosses. It will remind you why left your 9-5.

Office Space

 

Up in The Air

This is a story about a man who travels around the country with his job of laying off people in other companies. A new employee comes in with new ideas to change the business model relying solely on tech (sounds familiar?). A great film that reminds you that there needs to be a balance between improving process and implementation.

Up in The Air

 

Glengarry Glen Ross

Entrepreneurs are sales people, and this film is all about the high pressure sales environment. The classic mantra “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing” came from this film.

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Jerry Maguire 

Jerry Maguire is again based on a true story, showing the viewer step by step what it takes to make it to the top. When making the leap of faith and quitting his full time job, the main character is faced with rejection and people turning their backs on him.

Jerry Maguire

The Pursuit of Happyness

Keep a box of Kleenex near you, this one may make you cry.  This movie is about never giving up and remembering why you’re doing this in the first place. And when you think things will get bad, there is always hope. This is a story inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old.

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Wolf of Wall Street

This movie is no way to inspire you to commit the crimes and party like the main character, Belfort, who founded one of the first and largest chop shop brokerage firms in 1987. He was banned from the securities business for life by 1994, and later went to jail for fraud and money-laundering. It’s a great film and you will be very entertained.

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TV Shows

Shark Tank

Shark Tank lets entrepreneurs their ideas to the sharks in the tank – five titans of industry, who made their own dreams a reality and turned their ideas into lucrative empires. Watch the pitches and the feedback from the investors. 

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Parks and Recreation 

Managing a government is similar to managing a business. Have a laugh watching the the residents of Pawnee, Indiana, on their road to success and how they deal with operations and co-workers.

Parks and Recreation

 

Mad Men

Warning, it will make you re-think your decision to remove the minibar from your office. This show looks at the business world during the 1960s by focusing on an advertising firm and its leading man, Don Draper.

Mad Men

Game of Thrones

My personal favorite, this show isn’t about castles or dragons or sword fighting. It’s about power. It’s about the struggle for the Iron Throne. The balance of power is swung not by a broadsword but by a backroom deal.

GAME-OF-THRONES

Silicon Valley

It’s not because it’s called Silicon Valley, this is actually a great show for entrepreneurs. This series focuses on six young men who found a start-up company in Silicon Valley. It will make you laugh because it’s so true.

Silicon Valley Show

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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