Sunday, August 7, 2016

Smile While You're Making It

Fiction's where I go when I've OD'ed on reality.

"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures," Emerson said.

And it's often "the best way to capture reality," Jack Grebski says in Entrepreneur

Grebski lists his must-see films for entrepreneurs, and the lesson each one teaches:
  • Catch Me If You Can (a lesson in "the good ol’ hustle to reach success")
  • Lord of War (a lesson in "ambition, tenacity, and ability to tolerate risk)
  • Wall Street (a lesson in "how easy it is to get carried away with the glamorous lifestyle that accompanies wealth")
  • Rogue Trader (a lesson in "how money drives all sorts of maniacal behavior")
  • Twelve Angry Men (a lesson in "the psychology of group behavior")
  • Office Space (a lesson in "leadership, team-building techniques, and career development")
  • The Godfather (a lesson in "why understanding competition is non-negotiable")
  • The Usual Suspects (a lesson in "leadership consolidation, power and influence, and long-term business strategy")
  • How To Get Ahead In Advertising (a lesson in "creative problem solving")
  • The Devil Wears Prada (a lesson in "how to work your way up the corporate ladder")
  • Thank You For Smoking (a lesson in "how to sell just about any product")
  • Glengarry Glen Ross (a lesson in "competition and manipulation")
  • The Merchant of Venice (a lesson in "business partnerships, risk assessment and mercantile law")
  • Dr. Strangelove (a lesson in "leadership and loyalty")
  • Erin Brockovich (a lesson in "the importance of sticking to one’s scruples even in the face of obstacles")
  • The Rainmaker (a lesson in "the power of determination and social responsibility")
I'm sure you can add to Grebski's list, if you think about it.

My must-watch film for entrepreneurs is Oh, Lucky Man!, a rompish retelling of Voltaire's Candide set in the UK in 1973, and a lesson in the vagaries and hypocrisies of the climb to riches.

Oh, Lucky Man! is worth the watch just to spot a 28-year-old Dame Helen Mirren.

What's your fav?

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