July 30, 2009
This morning I saw @stevecase tweet out that today was the last day to watch the full length version of The Entrepreneur on SnagFilms. So I multi-tasked… Skyping with developers in India, checking email, writing and watching the film. It’s a 91 minute film, produced by Morgan Spurlock and directed by Jonathan Bricklin, son of Malcolm Bricklin (the subject of the film). This world premier was part of SnagFilms one-year anniversary “SummerFest” celebration (congrats Ted and team!). Partnering with Hulu, they provide world premieres of a new film each Friday for four weeks. Each film — streaming on demand from Hulu — is available exclusively online for one week, before appearing at festivals, theaters, classrooms and at-home DVD players. Pretty exciting for film buffs – and for Snagfilms!
But back to the film… What a story of human spirit, adventure and persistence. From the very end of the film, here’s my favorite quote:
In 70 years, Malcolm Bricklin married 4 women, and started over 30 different businesses – and less than half were successful. That’s if your criteria for success is based on positive financial returns. For Malcolm, it seems to be based on the experience itself. If I had to guess how many more businesses or wives he may have, I would say, as many as he can.
If you are an entrepreneur or have ever been interested in what drives people to continue on in the face of adversity, watch this film. It took Bricklin 5 years and over 1500 hours of footage to create this stellar combination of humor, determination, success, defeat and spirit. It’s honesty is startling. Through it all, Malcolm’s life is a reminder that it’s about the experiences and the journey – not the money or success or failure. It’s about setting your eye on a target and going after it – working hard but having a great time doing it. And in fact, demonstrating that when you’re doing something you’re passionate about, working your ass off is FUN! Hope you get a chance to check it out.
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