Being an entrepreneur is no easy task. Even after going through the troublesome and difficult process of setting up your dream company, entrepreneurs face hurdles at every step. Sometimes, they can lose all hope and quit it all and concede defeat. But quitting and waving the white flag is not what true entrepreneurs are supposed to do. They are capable of giving much more to their business, which more often than not is their life.
Here are some movies -- based on both real-life and fictitious characters -- that tell amazing stories of people, of their hardships and of how they overcame those hardships through determination, zeal, focus, passion, wit and talent. These movies are guaranteed to give entrepreneurs the boost in morale they sometimes need.
Pirates of Silicon Valley - Who would not want to see the stories depicting the rise of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs? This documentary-style movie covers the early days of America's leading technology hub and provides an interesting take on the lives of the founders of Microsoft and Apple.
Famous quote from the movie: "Good artists copy, great artists steal."
The Pursuit of Happyness - This 2006 Will Smith movie is based on the true story of Chris Gardner. Smith loses everything in the movie; his wife leaves him, he loses his job, his home and struggles to feed his son. But, even after all this, he never gives up on his dream.
Famous quote from the movie: "The world is your oyster, it's up to you to find your pearls."
Jerry Maguire - Tom Cruise plays Jerry Maguire in the movie. He has it all - a great job, lots of friends, an beautiful fiancé, but once he has an epiphany that sports agents should not only be making money, but rather they should know how to take care of their clients, he loses everything. How he overcomes his problems by standing by his beliefs is an inspiring to watch.
Famous quote from the movie: "I hated myself...no, I hated my place in the world."
A Beautiful Mind - A true story of mathematical genius, John Forbes Nash Jr. who made an astonishing discovery early on in his career, but soon he finds himself on a painful and harrowing journey to self-discovery. A long struggle helps him triumph his tragedy and he finally also receives the prestigious Nobel Prize.
Famous quote from the movie: "The only thing greater than the power of the mind is the courage of the heart."
Strartup.com - This movie, released in 2001, tracks the rise and fall of govWorks, a website started by a group of friends, and the kind of trials business brings to their relationship.
Famous quote from the movie: "Through failures we become a great success."
The Social Network - This movie released in 2012, is a true story of the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. How an idea generated in a dorm room becomes a global network and a revolution in communication is truly inspirational.
Famous quotes from the movie:
"With success comes friend and enemies."
If you were the inventors of Facebook, you would've invented Facebook.