Procrastination is the mother of all evil. Especially when it comes to getting hands on something new and unacquainted. If you feel lethargic before initiating a new task, don't worry, you are not alone. It is a core human nature to be averse to change and it isn't a positive attitude which you should carry with yourself. What you need is an adrenalin rush in your pipelines, a wave of motivation that jitters the last essence of laziness. What better way than watching a good movie or a television series to inculcate the feeling of inspiration. Following is a list of movies and television series (in no particular order) you should definitely watch if you are a victim of procrastination.
Caution: While you enjoy, keep your senses receptive to the moral behind them.
- Silicon Valley (Television Series)
Engineers geeks stumbling upon on a billion dollar idea, painstaking learn the art of doing business. The drama is endless, so it the subtle humor. But more importantly, you will feel your nerves flowing with sympathy for the six relentless entrepreneurs as they become the victim of the acute business sense of the Silicon Valley. Lesson to learn: when all odds are against you, trust your own guts and take the next move. This television series is what you may have been waiting for. Don't miss out on this one.
- The Big Short (Movie)
Remember the Financial Crisis of 2008, that left most in the developed countries, high and dry? Well, it did not these stock traders. Starring Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling, this movie is more on the lines of a documentary which portrays the importance of knowing ins and outs of every task that one executes. Though other may have lost millions betting on the guarantee of sub-prime mortgages, some stock traders did not let the herd mentality cloud their judgment. They stuck to their own research and bet on the fall of these mortgages, also known as taking a short position (hence the name of the movie), and made millions when the bubble did burst and housing prices went under water.
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Movie)
Though it is important to be a dedicated worker, it is also important to grow internally and make tangible changes in one's life. If you are the one who suffers from day dreaming but never actually takes steps to actually work towards such dreams, this is a must watch movie for you. Monotony often kills creativity, and only by taking dips in diverse experiences, can you think out of the box and keep yourself excited about life. Starring Ben Stiller, this movie is a perfectly shows how anyone can regain the excitement and passion needed to live a happy life.
- The Pursuit of Happyness (Movie)
Not much needs to be said about this movie. Featuring Will Smith, this movie is based on the true story of Chris Gardner, a salesman who after losing everything starts a new journey as a stock broker. He fights through all adversities, not letting his young son down, and finally, earns a job at a premium stock broking firm. Lesson to learn: When your back is against the wall, only be pushing yourself to the limits can you succeed in your endeavor.
Caution: Do sit down with tissue papers. If tears roll down, it is a positive sign that you have understood the moral.
- The Profit (Television Series)
Starring CEO Marcus Lemonis, "The Profit" is a CNBC reality show in which Marcus invests $2 Million in dying and struggling companies in exchange off an equity stake and takes effective steps to turn the companies towards the track of profitability. It perfectly shows the dark sight of running your own business. Lesson to Learn: not everything becomes sunny after raising investments. Do stress on the tutorials showing the Dos and the Don'ts of a running a Startup.
- The Social Network (Movie)
Though you may not land up with a billion dollar idea on getting drunk after a break-up, The Social Network perfectly demonstrates how to turn an idea in a dormitory into a billion dollar company. Based on the life of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, this movie perfectly aligns with the method of growing business in India. Sabotaging your co-founders, incorporating bit and pieces from other idea's and doing everything it takes to grow the business. More importantly, you will learn to be a visionary, tweaking with your business all the time until you get the perfect blend.
Probably, you should watch it movie several times just to know that it will not be an easy task ahead.
- Shark Tank (Television Series)
If you think it is easy to raise venture funds then Shark Tank is for you. 6 investors, also known as "Sharks", ready to invest in young and growing businesses, grill the founders regarding the business model. Get an in-depth idea about this must watch reality show click here.
- Moneyball (Movie)
A classic from Brad Pitt, "Moneyball" stresses the importance of requisite talent, skills and a perfect blend of in a team to succeed. Based on a true story of Oakland Athletics, the manager of the baseball club Billy Beane chose talented players over costly players and goes a long way in the World Series baseball tournament. Lesson to learn: With stellar management, even averages resources outperform the pricey ones.
- Fight Club (Movie)
A classic from 1991, Fight Club lays in front of you the quintessential learnings of starting up your own company, that is, never be afraid of trying out new things. This movie ranks in the favorites of most successful CEO's around the world, and it would be a sin to leave it out. Running a company is much like running a cult, specialized skills to be delayed at strategic areas and by getting out of your comfort zone, or by expanding the reach of your cult, can you reach the heights.
Do sit down with a pen and paper, and not beer while watching this movie.
- 12 Angry Men (Movie)
11 "Guilty" vs 1 "Not guilty", 12 Angry Men is a classic from 1957, which only has one, but perhaps the most important lesson hidden for you: Always lay stress on the intricate details and small matters of situations, no matter what others say. Trust your own eyes, assess the gravity of matters before taking a decision and let go of yes-men around you. Also, it trumps the better thrillers of our times.
- The Internship (Movie)
Feeling too old to start a business, this is the film for you. Starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, "The Internship" revolves around the life of two unemployed old salesmen who try to convert their internship at Google into a permanent job. Lacking the required skills and competing with the youths, these interns try to use their experiences to motivate and hold together the underdog team, who finally win over the others with their creativity and absurdness. Lesson to learn: As a leader, you would require things to be done by people by understanding their competencies.