Entrepreneurs Studio: Think outside the box
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Welcome to Entrepreneurs Studio, a publication/newsletter where I share a variety of content recommendations, including Movies, Tv-Shows, Books, Articles, Youtube videos, podcasts, and more, that are relevant, resourceful, and inspiring for entrepreneurs, startups, business people, and basically everyone who enjoys great content.
So, let’s jump in! Every week I will feature one piece of content in each presented category for you to check out. Feel free to comment with your opinions, and email me firstname.lastname@example.org recommendations for the next article.
Movie To Watch: Moneyball
We will start with a modern classic. Moneyball is an American biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on the 2003 nonfiction book by Michael Lewis, an account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team's 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane's attempts to assemble a competitive team. In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant general manager Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise's limited budget for players, build an exceptional team by taking a sophisticated sabermetric approach to scouting and analyzing players.
What can we learn from this movie:
How to think outside of the box
How to learn to play on your advantages in your market/industry
How to build winning team chemistry
Why it is important to balance your team with individuals who have different strengths
Tv Show To watch: Mad Men
The series's main character is the charismatic advertising executive Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), who is initially the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper. He is erratic and mysterious, but is widely regarded throughout the advertising world as a genius; some of the most iconic advertising campaigns in history are shown to be his creation. The plot of the show tracks the people in his personal and professional lives. As the series progresses, it depicts the changing moods and social mores of the United States throughout the 1960s and early 1970s.
Mad Men received widespread critical acclaim for its writing, acting, directing, visual style, and historical authenticity; it won many awards, including 16 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes. The show was also the first basic cable series to receive the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning the award each year of its first four seasons. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time and as part of the early 21st century Golden Age of Television.
What can we learn from this show:
The importance of storytelling, not only in business but also in how it affects personal lives.
How to search for creative angles in whatever you are doing.
Why you should always be cautious in business. Know who you are talking to, and what their angles and interests are.
How to pitch prospects, investors, and even your family members.
How to display confidence in complex situations.
Why silence can be powerful in places of negotiation and deal-making.
Book To Read: The Fountainhead
This mega classic has been recommended to me by a close friend. This book had such a big impact on the way I look at entrepreneurship, business, and personal values.
The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Russian-American author Ayn Rand, her first major literary success. The novel's protagonist, Howard Roark, is an intransigent young architect, who battles against conventional standards and refuses to compromise with an architectural establishment unwilling to accept innovation. Roark embodies what Rand believed to be the ideal man, and his struggle reflects Rand's belief that individualism is superior to collectivism.
Roark is opposed by what he calls "second-handers", who value conformity over independence and integrity. These include Roark's former classmate, Peter Keating, who succeeds by following popular styles but turns to Roark for help with design problems. Ellsworth Toohey, a socialist architecture critic who uses his influence to promote his political and social agenda, tries to destroy Roark's career. Tabloid newspaper publisher Gail Wynand seeks to shape popular opinion; he befriends Roark, then betrays him when public opinion turns in a direction he cannot control. The novel's most controversial character is Roark's lover, Dominique Francon. She believes that non-conformity has no chance of winning, so she alternates between helping Roark and working to undermine him.
.More than 6.5 million copies of The Fountainhead have been sold worldwide and it has been translated into more than 20 languages. The novel attracted a new following for Rand and has enjoyed a lasting influence, especially among architects, entrepreneurs, American conservatives and libertarians.
The novel has been adapted into other media several times. An illustrated version was syndicated in newspapers in 1945. Warner Bros. produced a film version in 1949; Rand wrote the screenplay, and Gary Cooper played Roark. Critics panned the film, which did not recoup its budget; several directors and writers have considered developing a new film adaptation. In 2014, Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove created a stage adaptation, which has received mostly positive reviews.
What we can learn from this book:
The importance of following your own truth
How to think for yourself, and not let other peoples opinions get in your way
Why you should focus on the work itself, not on the reaction of people or the press.
The importance of having strong guiding values.
How to talk with a sense of calm, ease, accurateness that reflects your true beliefs.